It's just a little over five months until those dedicated bike riders - more than 10,000 are anticipated - arrive in Webster City as the third stop on RAGBRAI?XL. Riders from all over Iowa, the nation and even other countries will take part in the annual ride across our state. Eight communities have an opportunity to serve as overnight hosts. This will be the first time in 32 years that the riders have spent the night in Webster City.
As any resident of any community that has hosted this big event past will report, many people are needed to make a successful event. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed on more than a dozen committees to make sure Webster City puts its best foot forward on July 24. There are many ways for people to be involved in the event and many ways to share your time and talents.
The best way to get started is to fill out a volunteer registration form. The Daily Freeman-Journal has posted an online registration form at our website, www.freemanjournal.net. Or request a form at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A study by the University of Northern Iowa found that about $24 million in new spending resulted from the annual bike ride, or about $3 million per host community. The riders will eat in our restaurants, shop in local stores, buy gas, groceries, sleep in motels and our campgrounds. The population of our community for that one night will more than double, and maybe even triple.
Let's show our guests that Webster City is a good host, a welcoming and friendly community.