I’m Back for 2012! (and a Contest)

Folks in Muscatine have all seen ‘TACO’ Tom Hendricks do some crazy antics.  Remember his gulf cart parade floats?   Or how he gave away 500 tacos at the Y Athletic Center’s Family Festival last year!!!

Well, this weekend, ‘TACO’  Tom decided to do something else fun for Muscatine: The first Kraken appearance of 2012!

I’m spending Cinco de Mayo weekend at Taco John’s in Muscatine, Iowa.

May 3,4,5   (Thursday – Saturday)
Taco John’s Restaurant
506 Grandview Ave
Muscatine, Iowa

10am-10pm  (times are approximate and weather permitting)

Thunderstorms this weekend might make me duck in and out of hiding for short times – but I promise to be visible as much as possible.  Light rain I don’t mind – but high winds don’t agree with me!

Stop by and say hello!

To celebrate my first appearance of 2012, I’m doing a giveaway! Want to win a River Monster T-shirt?

Kraken taking a Holiday Stroll!


Who’s looking forward to the Muscatine Holiday Stroll?!

While I won’t technically be ‘strolling’, I’m going to be watching all from the Stanley Consultants’ Laural Building! That’s right, I’m going to be at the very first building I set my sights on in downtown Muscatine…and just in time for a very fun occasion.

I often hear people say, “The  Holiday Stroll is one of my favorite community events here in Muscatine.” I agree!   I can’t wait to see what this year’s event brings.  Remember Flynn Collier’s Christmas Karaoke? He’ll be back this year…


27th Muscatine Holiday Stroll
2nd St. Downtown Muscatine
Friday, December 2
5:30-8:30 p.m

See you there. This will likely be my last appearance in Muscatine this year!

ps: If you post a photo on twitter and tag me, @MuscatineKraken,  I’ll tell you what I think about it!

2nd St. Downtown Muscatine

The Kraken in the 4th of July Parade!

Note: I’ll be hiding out in my watery lair during the week after the 4th of July parade…but don’t worry, I will emerge again!  People on my email list will get a notice as soon as I reappear!


Recently I joined Muscatine for the 4th of July parade, where I appeared live and in monster in front of an excited public.  It was exhausting, but luckily Muscatine Search and Rescue let me borrow their boat.  Thanks guys!

Here’s your proof…

The Kraken Crew gathers, getting ready to feed my hungry fans on the parade route.  Thanks for catching my good side Muscatine Search and Rescue!

I begin my journey down 5th Avenue, where the audience eagerly awaits my arrival.  (Aint I modest?)  Thanks to Ethan Anderson for the photo.

Sara Thomas catches me right around the corner.  I saw her there so I decided to wave!

Rawr! I look quite menacing from so far away.  Jami Renae Garmon-Alexander, thanks for making me look so ferocious!

My crew handed out TONS of candy!  You guys eat more than I do!  Thank you Ethan for the photo

Thanks to Snapshots photography by Mindy, we end our journey in an action packed cartoony fashion.

I’d like to thank everyone for coming to see me!  So often I stay stationary, for a Kraken tires easily on land, but it was fun to go out for a leisurely stroll through the lovely streets of Muscatine.

By the way, did you take any photos of my in the parade? If so, I’d love to see them and share them with people.  You can post photos right to my Facebook or email them to me at: MuscatineRiverMonster@gmail.com

I hope you had a great weekend!

Special Thanks to:
Doug Born and Ann Brumback from Muscatine Search & Rescue

Sarah Anderson – coordinating ‘Kraken Wranger’ volunteers
Flynn Collier – sound system and epic sea monster music