Rock Valley, Iowa — As usual, the announcement of the upcoming snowmobile races in Rock Valley sounds like one we should be making in December or January — not July. But these snowmobile races are a little different — they take place not on snow, but on water.
Called the “Rivers Bend Shootout,” the fourth annual races take place this Friday and Saturday at Rivers Bend, northwest of Rock Valley, according to Kelly Roder, one of the organizers of the event.
He says there are a number of races with prizes.
Roder tells us there are two days of racing action, starting this coming Friday afternoon, August 3rd.
He says most of the racers are from out of the area, but there’s also a local guy.
Roder says they’ll have concessions on-site as well.
Tickets for the Rivers Bend Shoutout are $15 per day or buy a 2-day pass for $25. Kids 8-17 years of age are $10 and $15, with 8 and under free.
It’s at the Rivers Bend Campground ponds. He says the area used to be the Van Zee gravel pits, and the City of Rock Valley has transformed it into a nice campground and some ponds.