Authorities say two-day event in Iowa ended with 11 drugged, three sexually assaulted

The event advertised a slip-and-slide, live bands and all-night parties.


Authorities in Iowa say a two-day event resulted in 11 people drugged, three young women sexually assaulted and a man arrested after allegedly threatening others with a gun.

River Farm Recreation, located along the Raccoon River in Greene County, hosted hundreds of people Friday and Saturday during its "Summer Bash."

The event advertised a slip-and-slide, live bands and all-night parties.

Greene County Sheriff Jack Williams said he believes the security guards hired by the owner did their best, but that too many underage partygoers were allowed in.

“I think that's where they fell short again this time was at the gate,” Williams said. “Several of the kids said that one of the ladies was a very big stickler on IDs and then the other two would basically just tell them they looked close enough to 21 and then give them a 21-and-older wristband."

Williams said the Greene County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the sexual assaults and instances of attendees being drugged.

River Farm owner Craig Flack told sister station KCCI over the phone that the party got out of hand, but that he did everything he could and, ultimately, the people who caused the trouble need to be held responsible.

River Farm plans to host another two-day event in August.

Williams said deputies will be there and private security will be hired to check IDs.

In 2019, authorities told KCCI that a similar event at River Farm Recreation ended with multiple OWIs, accusations of underage drinking and a fatal car accident.