The staff at That Bar in Afton is rallying the community for an evening of entertainment to raise money for a good cause.
That Bar Co-owners Kevin Lisk, Christine Meadows, Dwayne Price and Manager Josh Henry are hosting Afton’s first bike night 4 p.m. Aug. 8.
Henry said the management team at That Bar liked the idea of gathering the community on the square and attracting more visitors to the area.
“We are doing this to help build Afton’s community,” said Henry. “We wanted to create another event for the area.”
Henry said the idea of a bike night was inspired by the amount of locals who ride their motorcycles to That Bar.
Organizers hope the annual event will also raise money for worthwhile causes in the Afton community.
“This year the proceeds will benefit the (Afton) Splash Pad,” Henry said.
For the whole family
That Bar is planning carnival-style activities and games which will take place 4 to 7 p.m. in Afton’s City Park on the square.
“There will be a bouncing castle, ...ring toss, games with footballs and other kids activities,” Henry said.
To cool down, an ice cream stand in the park will sell frozen treats, pop and water. Additionally, Up in Smoke in Afton will be catering the event with pulled pork, brisket and barbecued nachos.
Instructors and students from Henry’s Martial Arts in Creston will perform a martial arts demonstration 6 to 7 p.m. The demonstration, which Henry describes as a “mock class,” will showcase a variety of hand and leg techniques, leg kicks, judo and grappling moves, and a few forms, which, put together look like “dancing.”
A highlight of the martial arts demonstration will be Henry’s attempt to break a stack of 13, 2-and-a-half-inch thick concrete bricks with his bare hands. Should Henry succeed, he will have topped his personal record by two bricks.
Bikes and bands
At That Bar’s bike night, motorcyclists have the opportunity to win prizes for their bikes.
Motorcycles registered in the bike contest will be judged in three categories: people’s choice, biker’s choice and judge’s pick.
“We will have three champions that night,” Henry said.
Registration will take place 4 to 5 p.m. in front of That Bar and judging will occur between 5 and 7 p.m.
After the bike contest, southern rebel rock band Mason Jar and Gypsy Outlaws of Des Moines will take the outdoor stage 7:30 to 10 p.m. and Half Moon will play on the indoor stage beginning at 10:30 p.m.
The city of Afton has approximately $4,000 left to raise toward the Afton Splash Pad project. To help, That Bar staff is selling raffle tickets for a variety of prizes.
“We have had a lot of help from businesses in Afton, Creston, Corning and Winterset,” Henry said.
Henry said the raffle prizes range from oil changes to tools from True Value and Akin Building Center. He said there will even be one “special big prize.”
Admission to the Afton’s first annual bike night is free. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or $5 for the large prize.
To purchase raffle tickets or for more information, contact Henry at (641) 202-1738 or visit http://bit.ly/thatbar.