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2016 Dates

July 8-10, 2016


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Thank you for keeping all of our beach-goers safe by respecting the alcohol-free zone at the Red Rock Beaches.

2016 Schedule of Events and Activities:

Friday, July 8, 2016

6:30 pm Opening launch*. Iowa State Savings Bank Cup Race. Food and drink on beach.

5:00-10:00 pm  – Live Band “King of the Tramps”

Saturday, July 9, 2016

6:30 am Morning balloon launch*

8:00 am 5K and 10K FUNdraiser Run ($20 Registration) – North Overlook Beach

9:00 – 11:00 am  “Let’s Go Paddling” – offered by Army Corps of Engineers

6:00-10:00 pm  – Rock Bottom Band at North Overlook Beach, sponsored by Wells Fargo Banks

6:30 pm Evening Balloon Launch*

Sunday, July 10, 2016

6:30 am Morning Balloon Launch*

*Please note: All launch details are subject to change due to weather and wind conditions.

Viewing Areas

Best viewing area for balloon launches is at North Overlook Beach on all three days of the event, July 8-10, 2016. Other activities on North Overlook Beach on Saturday, July 10, include a 5K and 10 K FUNdraiser Run and “Let’s go Paddling”.

Come out and enjoy this great family event – one of the highlights of the summer in the Red Rock area!

Check out the area map by clicking on this link

Fun Run 2016

You may register online for FUNdraiser Run/Walk or by mail-in registration (see below).

Click on link for online registration:

Click below for mail-in registration form (registration deadline: June 23, 2016)

Registration for 5k and 10k Run

5K 10K  Race Route 2016

We will accept race day registrants. The cost is still $20, but a T-Shirt is not included.

Balloon Rides!

This year pilot Tim Cloyd is offering balloon rides for sale at $200/ person. Contact Tim at or call 515-205-4855 for more information.