Here’s a quick look ahead toward Friday’s 66-mile ride from Waverly to Independence:

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WEATHER: It will be partly cloudy and a bit warmer. The clouds will help to filter the sun. There is a slight chance for a few showers. High: 84° Low: 58° Wind: 10-20 mph SSE

Friday is Carter LeBeau Day.

TONIGHT’S MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT:  Stampede (5:30-8:30 p.m.), Boogie Wonderland (9 p.m.-midnight) Click for more Independence details

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Here’s a brief selection of the things you’ll encounter Friday:

CATCH THE SWINE: At Westgate, riders can find a greased pig competition in the corn patch near the Lutheran Church. Those less interested in catching a pig can stop and rest with watermelon and corn on the cob by the church.

AMISH SETTLEMENT: Buchanan County is home to about 800 of Iowa’s 7,000 Amish residents, and is recognized as the most conservative Old Order settlement in Iowa. Riders will cruise past livestock, horse-drawn buggies and small schoolhouses as they go through the Amish Settlement.

FLUORESCENT: The fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down. Tonight’s party will have a fluorescent flair, with glow necklaces, bracelets, towers and beach balls taking over the park for “Glowing on the River.”