Big changes ahead for Boone Bash

An annual local day of games, food an entertainment will see several changes implemented this year.

The Boone Bash River Dash planning committee met Wednesday morning at City Hall in Webster City to continue their preparations for the festivities on June 21, the first day of summer.

This year, Webster City Environmental and Safety Coordinator Brian Stroner said the Boone Bash River Dash festivities will include a poker run. Participants will travel along the Boone River and collect cards along the way at checkpoints. Community members and visitors can participate in the poker run by going down the Boone River Recreation Trail or the Boone River itself. Stroner said participants can use any legal means to traverse the river or trail, including canoes, kayaks, tubes, bikes or their own two feet.

Once the run is completed, participants will turn in their hand of cards at the end. Whoever has the best hand will win an award. Stroner said to win an award, participants will have to be present.

“What we’ve noticed in the past is a lot of these people are coming from out of town, and then they’re just doing the event and they figure, ‘Oh, I didn’t win anything,’ and then they’re leaving. So, we just wanted to get them to stay a little bit longer and experience a little bit more of the town,” Stroner said.

The poker run will take the place of the Iowa Games Adventure Race which has been hosted during the Boone Bash River Dash in years past. While the adventure race won’t be returning, another regular event will be back at a new location.

A cardboard regatta will be hosted at the Webster City Outdoor Pool this year. Previously, it was hosted at Briggs Woods Lake. Stroner said the new location will grant a better view of the race for audience members and will provide better water quality for participants.

A class on creating cardboard boats will be hosted in the Fuller Hall gym at 6:30 p.m. on May 13. Steve Struchen, who has participated in several cardboard regatta events, will teach the class. Cardboard will be provided. Other supplies will be required. There will be no charge to attend. For more information on the class, contact the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce at 832-2564.

Boone Bash River Dash planning committee members are also getting ready for a community picnic during the June event. Several hundred pork burgers from Webster City Custom Meats will be available as well as chips and drinks at no cost. The committee is looking at the possibility of hosting live music during the picnic. Awards will be presented at the picnic.