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RAGBRAI sent its advance scouting party through Wellman, Kalona and Riverside on Friday, June 8.
The purpose was to check out the roads, traffic patterns and talk with community organizers in each of the towns to address any issues so that when more than 10,000 riders roll through town on July 27, they will have an enjoyable time.
Organizers in each of the towns said the visit from the RAGBRAI experts was fruitful.
“We are on the right path,” said Kevin Meller, head of the RAGBRAI committee in Riverside. “They helped with where we should be positioning things.”
Meller said he received compliments on the logo the Riverside committee adopted for the event, which incorporates a Star Trek theme.
“They really liked our logo,” Meller said.
The advice: Put the logo on T-shirts and sell them to raise money to cover the cost of staging the RAGBRAI visit to Riverside.
In Kalona, City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said the good news he heard was what the city did not need to do.
There are a number of things that cities need to do when RAGBRAI passes through such as provide watering stations for riders. What Schlabaugh learned is that the city only needs to provide space for these amenities and the RAGBRAI organizers bring the actual equipment.
In all of the cities that RAGBRAI will pass through July 27, recruiting volunteers remains a priority.
“Volunteers is the biggest area we need to focus on,” Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said. “That is probably the biggest hurdle we have right now.”
He is creating a list of the volunteers the city needs and times they are needed.
In Riverside, RAGBRAI committee Chairman Kevin Meller said his group will be recruiting more volunteers.
Volunteers are needed for traffic control, manning booths and providing information to riders. Volunteers will be helping set up and take down booths in each of the cities.
Wellman Mayor Ryan Miller said volunteers will be needed the day before to set up and the day after to tear down.
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the respective City Hall.
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