An Easter week tradition in central Iowa is this week’s Pony Express Ride to raise money for Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside near Des Moines. Nancy Bobo of Easter Seals of Iowa says their annual ride arrives in the camp Saturday afternoon, delivering the money they worked all year to raise to help kids attend Camp Sunnyside. Bobo says the ride was started up by “Stub” Johnson, the now-deceased owner of Stub’s Restaurant in Spencer, back in the late 1960s. Usually there are several hundred on the ride into camp, arriving from all over the state to gather at Ankeny’s John Deere plant and then ride in one large group to the camp south of town. Former Governor Robert Ray will join the group’s CEO and many volunteers who make the ride, including families who’ve made it a family event to do with their kids for years. The Pony Express riders raised an estimated 300-thousand dollars last year to support Camp Sunnyside, which offers programs for sick and handicapped kids. They’ll announce this year’s total after a Saturday-night “Victory Dance” at the Val-Air Ballroom in West Des Moines.
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