Get Your Bacon Fix at the Bacon-N-Hops Festival in Manchester!

Bacon N Hops festival

What: Inaugural Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce’s Bacon-N-Hops Festival

When: 3-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29

Where: Corner of E. Main  and S. Tama St. in Manchester, IA

Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Bacon-N-Hops Festival on Saturday, Aug. 29 in Manchester, IA!

Hosted by the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature plenty of bacon, Iowa craft and domestic beers, life-size Jenga, a mug-holding contest, bacon-eating contest, car cruise displays, beer brewing demonstrations, life-size beer pong, live music, and more!

“It will be a fun time,” said said event chair and chamber administrative assistant Doris Sherman. “You won’t be disappointed and will get a lot for your money.”

Advance tickets, which are $25, are available at the Manchester Chamber office M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., local banks, and from committee members, including Chris Cruse, general manager of Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester. Proceeds will go to the Manchester Chamber of Commerce to update phone and computer technology.

There will be 15-20 vendors, including Manchester’s Franklin Street Brewing Company and the Delaware County MADCO Brewers, who will demonstrate how to brew beer. Staff members from Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester will be giving out bacon ice cream samples from their tent!

Bands include Swing Crew from 3-6 p.m. and Blue Simon from 7-11 p.m.

Don’t Miss Ralph Kluseman’s Beatles Tribute, Sponsored by Runde Auto Group!

Ralph Kluseman

Photo from a screenshot of Digital Dubuque’s video from last year’s Beatles Tribute performance. Used with permission from Digital Dubuque.

What: Ralph Kluseman’s Beatles Tribute, sponsored by Runde Auto Group

When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30

Where: Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 3800 Arboretum Drive, Dubuque

Music in the Gardens, the free weekly summer concert series at the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, is in full swing this year!

Quickly approaching on Sunday, Aug. 30 is the Ralph Kluseman Beatles tribute sponsored by Runde Auto Group!

The performance, which will be at 6:30 p.m., is the last of this year’s Music in the Gardens series. The celebration of The Beatles includes local musicians Johnnie Walker, Mike Lieb, Denny Troy, Brian Marceau, Rick Hoffmann, and Ralph Kluseman. They will perform the music of The Beatles along with a little bit of storytelling.

“Ralph and his cohorts will be playing the favorite Beatles songs,” said Sandi Helgerson, the executive director of the arboretum. “You will be sure to have your toe tapping and can even sing along. Let the memories roll!”

The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has been hosting summer musical performances for more than 20 years. Sunday performances this year have included Jim Busta’s polka band, Hunter Fuerste’s American Vintage Orchestra, the Kids From Wisconsin, the Madison Brass Band, and more.

Average attendance has been 1,000 to 3,000 people this year!

“The crowds at the Music in the Gardens have been the best ever,” Helgerson said. “So many people enjoy hearing music while sitting under the trees with the breeze blowing and the amazing panorama of flower gardens.”

Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. You can also bring a picnic or wine, and there will be food available for purchase from HyVee.

“The price is right (free because of our sponsors), the setting is great (always shaded and usually a breeze), and the music is top notch,” Helgerson said. “Also you can purchase food there if you don’t want to pack snacks.”

In the case of rain, about 100 people can fit under the pavilion. The bands will play rain or shine.

Sponsors make free admission possible, and Runde Auto Group is proud to sponsor Ralph Kluseman’s Beatles tribute at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30!

Here’s a preview of the band:

Below is the full Music in the Gardens schedule:

Father Recommends Runde Salesperson to his Daughter

Andrea Gates

Andrea Gates, of Cedar Rapids, IA, stopped by Runde PreDriven this week to get a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado K2500HD LT1 Crew 4WD!

Andrea’s father, Donald, buys vehicles from Runde’s and recommended salesperson Rick Kragenbring.

“He said that Rick always takes good care of him and that everyone up there is super nice,” Andrea said.

She purchased the vehicle to be driven by Baker Holdings Company. Her father works for them and has a mini fleet within the company pulling flatbeds all over the country. She is starting her own mini fleet.

“I will be the owner of the truck and someone else will be driving it,” Andrea said. “This is my first truck I’ll be having with them.”

Depending on how this goes, Andrea said there is a chance she will buy more. She said the buying experience at Runde PreDriven was simple.

“It was easygoing,” Andrea said. “He didn’t pressure me into anything, which was great. He wanted to know what I was looking for and then he gave me some options.”

Thank you for choosing Runde Auto Group, Andrea!


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