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Anamosa gearing up to host overnight stop for RAGBRAI 2021

Published: Jul. 5, 2021 at 6:27 PM CDT
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ANAMOSA, Iowa (KCRG) - Anamosa is getting ready to host an overnight stop for day five of RAGBRAI on July 29, which didn’t happen at all last year because of the pandemic.

In just a few weeks, the Wapsipinicon Country Club will be covered in tents, RV’s and buses, housing hundreds of cyclists passing through for RAGBRAI. Dawn Meyer, the manager of the club, said they’re still looking for dozens of volunteers to set up, tear down, and help out on the big day.

“[We need] people to help park vehicles, people to take them to their campsites,” Meyer said. “We need to fence off our greens and our tee boxes so we can keep our course looking nice for the day after.”

LeeAnna Boone, the executive director of the Anamosa Chamber of Commerce, said one focus, and the inspiration for this year’s theme, is a 25-foot-tall statue paying tribute to Grant Wood’s American Gothic.

“We have big pumpkins with Pumpkin Fest, we have the big house, and now we want the big sculptures here permanently. It’s kinda what Anamosa is all about,” Boone said.

The statue first visited Anamosa in 2018. Now, it’s back until May of next year. Boone said they’re hoping to raise enough money to keep it there permanently.

“When we had it here before we had graduation pictures, we had marriage proposals, we had class reunions, all kinds of things. People really like to come, and people come from all over,” Boone said.

Boone said RAGBRAI is expected to bring around 20,000 visitors into the town, bringing important traffic to local businesses.

“It’s huge, especially after the last year that we’ve all had. The businesses are really looking forward to it. We’ve had a lot of people volunteer,” Boone said.

They’re still looking for more volunteers, as well as people willing to let riders camp out at their homes. Boone said on the day cyclists come in, they can use up to 300 or even 400 volunteers.

Three local bands will be set up on East Main Street in Anamosa, along with a beer garden and food vendors. A second stage will be on North Ford Street, where people can watch a local dance company and participate in an Open Mic.

Anyone interested in volunteering for Anamosa’s RAGBRAI stop can find more information here.

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