2010 Donation Report

Date: April 26, 2010

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 till February and earmarked each year in March 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 Historical Group (Solon History Books) $3,000
Solon Living Roadways (North Entry Sign way) $3,000
Solon Spotlight (middle school drum set) $2,500
Solon Post Grad Scholarships $2,500
Solon Clock Tower (2K/yr for two years) $2,000
Lake MacBride State Park (Primitive campground upgrades) $1,500
Win with Reading Program (Author Sponsor) $1,000
Solon Legion Memorial   (3rd of 5 year commitment @ 1K/Yr) $1,000
Lake MacBride Fireworks (sponsored by Cottage Reserve) $1,000
Lakeview Playground (Playground Equipment) $1,000
Solon Boy Scouts / Venture Crew (Equipment trailer) $1,000
Solon Econ. Dev. Council $1,000
Music on Main Street $500
Solon Dance Team $500
Project Prom $300
2010 Total $21,800

The Solon Beef Days Committee has donated approximately $342,000 over the past 38 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 39th Anniversary to be held on Friday/Saturday, July 16th & 17th.


Solon Beef Days Logo 2010

Thank you for attending the 39th Annual Solon Beef Days Celebration.

Congratulations to all the runners:
2010 5K & 1 Mile Race Results

T-Shirts are still available – order yours now.

  • Friday July 16, 2010
  • 5 pm :: Lady Lowe – New Country
  • 6pm :: Kids Corner
  • 7 pm :: Hay Bale Toss (6:30 reg.)
  • 9 pm :: Crazy Delicious – High Energy Dance Band

Solon Beef Days is an annual celebration held in the town of Solon, Iowa the third week of July each year. Join us for entertainment, parade, beer tent, beef dinner, and a load of events for kids and adults alike.

2010 President’s Message

Date: April 26, 2010

From: Gary Bentrim, Solon Beef Days Committee President

Subject:  Beef Days Thank You

This year On Friday/Saturday, July 16th/17th, we will celebrate the 39th Anniversary of Solon Beef Days and I’m sure we will have another successful year.  Many people may not know the enormous amount of time and effort that goes into planning and executing an event like Solon Beef Days.  We meet all Winter long in getting ready for the next year’s event.  At this time I would like to publicly thank those who play a major role either as Committee Chair’s or in planning and turning this into such a successful Community celebration.   As with any thank you, you always run the risk of leaving someone out and for that I apologize now.  If you know and see any of these people, thank them for the great job they did getting ready for this year.  Without their hundreds of hours of volunteering, we would not be able to celebrate an event like Solon Beef Days or fund many of the projects we see in our city and surrounding area.

They are:

Don Ellis, Bob Stinocher, Marv Stastny, Denise Bentrim, Kris Brown, Bob Eubanks, Kevin and Chris Blind, Loren Elliott, Ryan Bentrim, Tom Clingerman, Dean Manternach Marv Stastny, Tony Green, Jim Huber, DeWayne Klouda, Brad and Regina Randall, Tom Altman, Kevin Hotz, Mark and Marilee Ramsey, Denise and Becky Moses, Mike and Shelley Reeve, Norm Ziskovsky, Scott Slaton, Don Miller, Mike Rice, Todd Linderbaum, Chris Handley, Our City Council, Scott Kleppe, Greg Nigg and all of the City staff, Cassandra Lippincott, Susie Siddell, John and Kendra Schmidt and everyone at E&J Electric.

Gary Bentrim

2010 5k & 1 Mile Runs

Thanks to all who participated – here are the results from the 201 event.

18th Annual Solon Beef Days Run – 5K & 1 Mile Runs – entry form

At the starting line of the Beef Days 5k

July 17, 2010

Location: On the southwest side of Solon, behind Lakeview Elementary School
Race Time:
1 Mile 7:30 – 5K 8:00
Race Day Registration
– before July 12th : 1 Mile – $8.00/5K – $10.00
6:30-7:30 a.m. @ race location : 1 Mile – $10.00/5K – $15.00

The Beef Days Run is fast with gentle rolling hills. The start and finish are near Lakeview Elementary School.

Medals to the top three male & female finishers in each age division. Trophies will be awarded to the top male & female finishers in each race.

The start of the Beef Days 1 Mile run
Beef Days 1 Mile

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1 Mile Age Divisions:
Under 5, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19 & up

5K Age Division:
Under 15, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & up