I grew up in the fairly small town of Monticello, Iowa; just 45 minutes south on 151 from Dubuque. I was fairly active in my youth, and with a small community, it was easy to get involved with many different projects just based on who your friends were. One of my favorite things to do was volunteer, specifically for the haunted trail, at Camp Courageous.

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For those of you that don’t know, Camp Courageous was founded in 1972 when 40 acres of land was donated for the purpose of establishing a camp for people with special needs. In 1973, five buildings were built with donated labor and materials. Finally, the first campers attended during the summer of 1974, with a total of 211. Today, Camp Courageous has grown with the help of great volunteers, donations, and grants. The area now consists of nearly 400 acres of land and 33 buildings. It also serves nearly 10,000 individuals with special needs on a yearly basis.

Now, you can join in an become a part of the rich tapestry that is Camp Courageous during the 35th Annual Cruisin’ for Camp Courageous event on Sunday May 15th.

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Early entry, for people showing their vehicles, closes today (5/9) and is just $15 per vehicle which includes a free 35th anniversary T-shirt. Registration after today (5/9), and on the day of the show, is $20. Cruisin’ for Camp Courageous is one of Iowa’s largest charity car shows and features over 400 cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles from across the Midwest. This event is presented by the Cedar Valley Street Rods.

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Day-of vehicle registration is from 8am to noon. Gates for the event open at 10am with activities planned through 4pm. Just 5 dollars for adults to attend, with children 12 and under free to enter, and free parking. Enjoy a day of fun for the entire family! Afternoon festivities include  children’s games and activities, a craft show, train rides, Zipline rides for $10, food, music, a silent and live auction, and loads more. All proceeds from Cruisin’ for Camp Courageous stay with the camp. After the event, you can follow the road down to the river and enjoy the always beautiful Pictured Rocks of Jones County. I will bring you details and pictures from that great natural area in the future.

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