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2019 Beef Days Bags Tournament

Tournament starts at 1:00 pm Saturday, July 20.
Online Tournament Registration

Proceeds to benefit the Solon Wrestling.

Bean Bag tournament rules:

  • 2 person teams – entry fee is $40 per team.
  • One team member on each end.
  • One team member on each side of the board.
  • Contestant must throw from behind the foul line.
  • Players on the same end (opposite teams) alternate turns throwing.
  • First team to reach 21 wins: 3 points for bag through the hole, 1 point for bag landing on board.
  • Points cancel each other: if Team A scores 5 points and Team B scores 3 then Team A officially scores 2 points.
  • Double Elimination tournament.  One game per round, winner of each game moves on.
  • Bags that hit the ground before landing on the board are considered a foul throw and must be removed before the next throw. Bags count if they are hanging over the edge of the board. If they are hanging over the front but touching the ground, a wrestler will lift the board up to see if the bag stays on or falls off before scoring is calculated.
  • The last team to score throws first.
  • If the board moves as a result of a throw it will be re-positioned after the last throw of the turn and before the next bags are thrown.
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2019 Schedule of Events

July 19th & 20th, 2019

Keep you eyes here and our Facebook page for the latest information.

This list will change as we get more items locked in.

Google Maps link

Ribeye Steak Dinners – $12
Don’t miss our famous Ribeye Steak Dinners.
Friday: 5 pm to 9 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm
8 oz. Ribeye steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, roll & butter, ice tea or lemonade

Beer Tent
Friday: 4 pm to 12:30 am
Saturday: 11 am to 12:30 am (Sunday)

Carnival on the Midway – Friday & Saturday

Sam’s Amusements is back this year at Solon Beef Days 2019 with some amazing rides for the whole family. Stop by Solon Beef Days on July 19-20 to catch some fun rides and other carnival games!

The Carnival at Midway will kick off on Friday at 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. It will re-open on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand, unlimited wristband rides for $20.00 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. both Friday AND Saturday! (Note: you must purchase new wristbands each night)

Kids Korner Schedule Below

Friday July 19

As always – there is no cover charge to see bands. Free gate every night.

  • 5:00 pm : Jeff and Amy
  • 5:00 pm : Kickball Tournament @ Legion Field – pre-registration required
  • 7:00 pm : Hay Bale Toss (Registration @ 6:00)
  • 9:30 pm : Ben & Noel Haggard –

Saturday July 20

As always – there is no cover charge to see bands. Free gate every night.

Kid’s Korner

Friday July 19

  • 6:00 pm : Solon Dance Team (Kid’s Corner)
  • 6:30 pm : Pedal Tractor Pull (Kid’s Corner – Registration @ 6:00)

Saturday July 20

  • Noon : Chalk Street Drawing – Kids Corner
  • 12:30 pm : Face Painting – (Kid’s Corner)
  • 1:00 pm : Balloon Twisting and Walk-around Magic (Kid’s Corner)
  • 1:00 pm : Big Wheels Races – (Kid’s Corner – Registration @ 12:30)
  • 2:00 pm : Twister Dance
  • 2:15 pm : Heroes and Princesses Meet and Greet
  • 2:45 pm : Storybook Adventure Party
Want a beef day’s t-shirt?
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2019 Beef Days 5K & 1 Mile Run

July 20th, 2019

Join us for our annual Solon Beef Days 1-Mile/5K Fun Run/Walk 2019. Our route circulates through our amazing Solon Community.

There is a 1-mile and 5K component to the event and it’s your choice to run/walk.

Proceeds from this event go directly back into the Solon Community.


Online Registration

Pricing thru Sunday June 30, 2019 11:59pm
Individual Pricing:
Solon Students K-12 $7.00
1 Mile…..$10.00

Family* Pricing Option…..$40.00
Add’l Family Members…..$5.00
*(Family indicates 4 related individuals with the SAME primary residence)

Pricing Monday July 1, 2019 thru Thursday July 18, 2019- 5:00 pm cutoff
Individual Pricing:
Solon Students K-12 $10.00
1 Mile…..$15.00

Family* Pricing Option…..$60.00
Add’l Family Members…..$8.00
*(Family indicates 4 related individuals with the SAME primary residence)

T-shirt (additional fee) $10.00, 2XL $12.00, order deadline June 30, 2019

Race Day Registration:
St. Mary’s Church parking lot. 6:30-7:15 a.m.
1749 Racine Ave NE, Solon, IA 52333

Pricing: $25.00 PER PERSON- 1 Mile or 5K (No T-shirt)
*Family pricing not available on race day


Race Day Registration & Packet pick-up:
St. Mary’s Church parking lot from 6:30am – 7:15 am

Beef Days Race Map


SRNA Restrooms, Lakeview Softball Stand, Parking Lot Portables
Strollers welcome.
Sorry – no dogs allowed.
Parking is available at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.


All participants are eligible for door prizes! (Must be present to win)
Prizes will be awarded to the top male & female finishers in each race.
Medals to the top three male & female finishers in each age division

Age Divisions:
1 Mile – Under 5, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19 & up
5K – Under 15, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & up

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2013 – Results

Adult Firefighter’s Waterball

There were 29 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams in the 2014 Firefighter’s Water Ball.

Men's WinnersMen’s Winners:
1st Mike Dauber, Stanwood
2nd Dennis Bramow, Vinton;
3rd Shawn Ream, LeClaire
4th Greg Chapman, LeClaire


Women's WinnersWomen’s Winners:
1st Connie Huber, Solon
2nd Abbe Smith, Solon
3rd Mandy Norton, Monticello
4th Lisa Donovan, Solon

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2013 T-Shirt Design Contest

2013 Beef Days T-Shirt Design Winner - Jay Reyhons
2013 Beef Days T-Shirt Design Winner – Jay Reyhons

Thank you for all the people who submitted entries for the 2013 logo entries.

1st Place: Jay Reyhons

2nd Place: Erica Danner

3rd Place: Reggie Morrow

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2013 Scholarships

2013 Solon Beef Days Scholarships

As Solon Beef Days President, It is with great pleasure to announce the Solon Beef Days Committee, Senior Scholarships.

Solon Beef Days Committee this year will Award 3 $500 dollar scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship named after Larry Meyers to graduating seniors who is pursuing a post secondary education.

The criteria in which they are selected are based upon three categories:

  1. Academics, need and extracurricular activity while in High School
  2. An individual one page Essay they’ve submitted about their community involvement and
  3. Their Community Service throughout the years

Our winner’s are:

  • Joe Gunnels
  • Keela Ulenkamp
  • Paul Pisarik

Our Larry Meyers Scholarship winner is:

  • Brittany Stinocher

Gary Bentrim
Solon Beef Days President

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2013 Donation Report

Date: April 4, 2013

From: Gary Bentrim, Solon Beef Days Committee President

Subject:  Beef Days Press Release

Solon Beef Days Committee is proud to announce this year’s recipients of their annual donations which are requested up thru February and earmarked each year in April to be given back to the community and surrounding area.  The following organizations and activities were chosen on the merit of their projects as this year’s recipients.

Solon Post Grad Scholarships $2,500
Solon Spartan Stadium ($2,000, 2nd of 5 years) $2,000
Solon Park & Recreation ($2,000, 2nd of 3 years) $2,000
Solon Senior Advocates $1,500
Solon Spotlight $2,000
Lake MacBride State Park $1,500
Win with Reading Program (Author Sponsor) $1,200
Lake MacBride Fireworks (sponsored by Cottage Reserve) $1,500
Solon Dance Team $500
Boy Scout Camp Fund $800
Solon wrestling (running Bag tourney) $750
Hillside Wesleyan Church (Tony Green to Guatemala) $750
Music on Main Street $500
Project Prom $300
Solon Public Library (Summer Reading Program) $250
Lakeview PTO (Spartan Dash and Fun Run) $350
2013 Total Committed: $26,400

The Solon Beef Days Committee has donated approximately $365,000 over the past 41 years to local organizations, activities and projects.  “Our charter is to touch as many worthy projects and activities within the community and surrounding area,” said Gary Bentrim, President of Solon Beef Days Committee.  “We look at the number of people we are going to impact along with the betterment of the community”.  “We view our committee as the organizer and catalyst to put on the annual celebration where most of the  non-profit organizations within the community that take part in Solon Beef Days have their largest fund raiser.”  “Many, without Beef Days would not have the funding to do all of the great things they are doing.”  “It’s the one event each year that the whole community can be proud of that funds many of the activities that go on throughout the year.”

This year Solon Beef Days will be celebrating their 42nd Anniversary to be held on Friday/Saturday, July 19th & 20th

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Seeking T-shirt Artwork for the 2013 Solon Beef Days Celebration

The Solon Beef Days Committee is soliciting t-shirt designs to mark the 2013 Solon Beef Days Celebration to be held on July 19th & 20th.

Original artwork is currently being accepted for the t-shirt design.  Each artist may submit more than one design.  To qualify, designs need to meet the following guidelines:  artwork must be produced using a conventional media or desktop publishing software; artwork must be 5” x 7” or larger; artwork must include the Beef Days Celebration. T-shirt designs may also include the Beef Days bandstand/tree logo, the celebration dates (7/19 & 7/20) and finally, the artwork must be original and exclusive.

Artwork will become the property of the Solon Beef Days Committee.  An honorarium of $100 for 1st place, $50 to 2nd place, and Beef Days dinner tickets for 3rd place will be awarded to the artists whose designs are selected by the Beef Days Committee to promote the 2013 celebration.  The selected artwork will be featured on all promotional material for the Beef Days Celebration, including, but not limited to, programs, posters, billboards, and t-shirts.

Please be sure to include your name and contact information on all entries.

The Solon Beef Days Committee will accept artwork up until May 10, 2013.

Artists may mail their entries to:

Theme Design
Solon Beef Days
P.O. Box 355
Solon, IA 52333

Entries may also be delivered to Don Ellis at the Solon State Bank.

For more information or questions, please contact Becky Simon or Denise Moses @ 319-624-2583 or Gary Bentrim @ 319-624-2918.