On Saturday, July 27th the Biggest Dam Dip on the Mississip is going down at VICTORY PARK!
The route to the dip site will bring riders underneath the Keokuk/Hamilton bridge and through a misting water feature that will mimic the Keokuk dam’s famous spillways. Riders will continue on to the riverfront and passed the George M. Verity Riverboat Museum where local band, Glitter Salad, will stage their upbeat performance from 10:00am – 2:00pm and Radio Keokuk will conduct its live remote broadcast throughout the day. Just beyond the band, riders will find the dip sight just south of Howard’s Boat Dock.
The Mierotto Shelter House will be the site of Main Street Keokuk, Inc’s beverage garden, which is set to offer a variety of beverages including beers, seltzers, and a local craft beer option from V’s Brewpub. The garden will also feature the official RAGBRAI beer, Tailwind. Vendors will be set up in the parking lot between the shelter house and riverfront and will feature a wide variety of food options including barbecue, gyros, vegetarian dishes, and concession-style favorites. Don’t forget to stop by the RAGBRAI truck or Keokuk RAGBRAI merch tent to get your official event merchandise.
Happening just south of the dip site, Southside Boat Club will host the 3rd Annual Musicians Memorial Benefit with seven bands, food, auctions, games, and a whole lot more. More information can be found on their Facebook event.
Glitter Salad will ROCK the top of the George M. Verity playing upbeat renditions of everyone’s favorite pop songs. Familiar faces of the band include Brandon Lawson on guitar and lead vocals, a duty he shares with fellow vocalist and pianist Mabyn Mitchell, with Casey Carr on bass, and Justin Skender on drums and percussion.
The George M. Verity Riverboat was built in Dubuque, IA by the US Government in 1927 to help revive river transportation and move barges from St. Louis to St. Paul. It was then known as the SS Thorpe. Armco Steep Corp. bought the boat in 1940 and put it into service on the Ohio River, renaming it after the founder of the company, George M. Verity. The Verity was donated to the City of Keokuk in 1961 after being retired from service and is now a museum open daily from 9 to 5 Memorial Day throughout Labor Day. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children 8-18, kids 7 and under are free.