Somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 bicyclists will decend upon Webster City on July 24 as RAGBRAI makes an overnight stop in the community.
Organizers are looking for volunteers to make the celebration a successful event. Individuals, churches, civic organizations, businesses and youth groups are all invited to help with the planning and on the actual day of the event. Nineteen committees are being established, according to organizers.
A registration form for volunteers is on page 2 of Friday's Daily Freeman-Journal. An online version will be available soon.
On July 24, 15,000 to 20,000 bicyclists, such as the riders above from the 2011 RAGBRAI ride, will descend upon Webster City. Organizers are seeking volunteers to help with the event.
Those interested in letting cyclists camp in their yards or who have spare beds available may also use the form to register.
Potential vendors - both those wishing to serve food and those with other wares - can register their interest on the form as well.
The forms may then be returned to: RAGBRAI Volunteers Committee, Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, 628 Second St., P.O. Box 310, Webster City, IA 50595; or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAGBRAI officials met recently with a core group of organizers in Webster City to go over procedures and requirements for the host community.
The Webster City stopover is the third of the weeklong bike ride across Iowa. Riders will arrive in Webster City after a 62-mile ride from Lake View before heading out on Wednesday to Marshalltown. This is the first time since 1980 that Webster City has hosted a overnight visit, though there have been pass-through stops in other years.
The average age of the riders is 45.5 years, and about 60 percent of the riders come from outside of Iowa, according to RAGBRAI officials.