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April 25, 2018 Kalona: Friday meeting town for support drivers
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Kalona will be the Friday meeting town, the town where riders and their support teams meet up during the day.

Generally the meeting town is where riders have lunch each day.

At a town meeting April 19 about 50 people discussed tentative plans for the when riders descend on Kalona.

After traveling Highway 22 from Wellman, the current plan is for riders to turn south on Highway 1 and then head into downtown Kalona on B Avenue.

Activities will be set up along B Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets and on Fifth Street between B and C avenues. B Avenue will be closed to regular traffic, and the street divided in half, one side for vendor stands and the other side for bike traffic.

Other streets in downtown will be closed. A list of closures is expected to be on the City Council agenda May 7.

Stages for bands will be near the Kalona Brewing Company and the Tuscan Moon. There is no lack of bands that want to perform that day.

“We’ve had groups come in and say they want to play,” the city administrator said, adding bands will be playing from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The grassy lot across from the KCTC and Chamber of Commerce building will be used, but Schlabaugh is not sure for what yet.

“We are undecided what we will propose to them for that lot,” he said.

Vendors in Kalona will pay permit fees that are “pretty standard for RAGBRAI,” according to Schlabaugh – $200 for nonprofits and $300 for for-profits. In addition, vendors selling food will need a $90 food license.

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