Two RAGBRAI films to be shown free to the public

Just a week before more than 20,000 riders descend upon Webster City, the Webster Theater will screen two films about RAGBRAI.

Monday night at 7 p.m., the public is invited to watch a free showing of the 2014 RAGBRAI?highlights. In addition, a documentary about the second cross-state ride, SAGBRAI, will also be shown.

The first RAGBRAI?took place in 1973. Columnists John Karras and Donald Kaul came up with the idea to ride across Iowa and write about the places they visited. They invited a few of their friends (the public) and 300 people showed up in Sioux City and by the end of the ride, 114 traveled the entire route.

They hadn’t given enough notice to the people of the state, it was the first week of school and the last weekend of the State Fair that first year. People complained, and asked them to do it again.

So, in 1974 SAGBRAI – the Second Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa -?was scheduled. Someone shot a film that year that lasts around half an hour. It was literally shot in film and has rare documentary footage.

OHP Marketing of Webster City converted the film to digital format. The theater will be showing the film along with the 2014 highlights to the first 300 people who show up on Monday night.

While the movies are free, there will be a donation box set up as well.