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<H1 class=entry_title><FONT color=#725e46>Does crime get any cuter? Police shut down “illegal mouse racing operation” in Iowa</FONT>

<FONT color=#725e46>Rob Sylvester</FONT>

May 28, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

<FONT color=#725e46>mouse race</FONT>

Here they come down the stretch….and it’s Whiskers, by a whisker!

Having driven across the American Midwest recently, I can attest that it’s place full of people who are dying for something to do. Ready and waiting to fill that entertainment void at a bar in Danville, Iowa? Rodent racing. At least it was, until the cops shut ‘em down. Why is that every time somebody is trying to have some good clean fun by holding vermin athletic competitions in their place of business, the cops have to come in and ruin it? From WTOV:

The sleepy country bar was also cited for several health violations from the on-site rodents, old food and trash in the building’s basement. The owners said those citations were absurd too.

“Nobody gets beyond the pool table over there, even if they’re drinking a beer, so if a mouse can jump out of there (race track) go run and drop a turd in his beer he’s doing something,” said Beach.

Yeah, and that something he’s doing is called “being a mouse.”

When the mice aren’t competing, they are adored as pets in the family’s apartment above the bar.

 ”It’s not like they are getting ate, ‘If you’re a loser you die.’ It’s not like that,” said Beach.

Somewhere the Aztecs (along with a certain Philadelphia Eagles quarterback) are surely shaking their heads in disappointment.

Looks like it’s back to square one on ideas for things to do in Danville, Iowa, though judging from the story’s final sentence, I think we can all hazard a guess:

They said the incident makes it clear that the local police have little to do.

 ”There’s no meth heads or makers around here, you just gotta mess with the mouse racers.”


Danville is a little south of the route, but perhaps a detour might be worth it.  I’m sure they serve Budweiser with or without the mouse t*rds.  Probably not much difference in the taste, eh Mich?

2 Replies

cofb, June 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm

NIce coverage but you need to watch the video attached to this link to get the full effect of this interview with Scott Beach.  


jwsknk, June 2, 2011 at 6:48 am

those dirty rats, it’s not like this was some kind of mickey mouse operation.


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