Time has a way of passing quickly when you have a lot to do. That’s certainly true for members of the local committees that are putting the details together to host the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) in Denison on Sunday, July 22.
Committees have been working since the January 27 announcement of the beginning, ending and overnight communities. And now, in a little more than three weeks, Denison will play host to more than 20,000 guests.
It is estimated that an army of more than 600 volunteers is needed to help with all the details, work and services associated with hosting RAGBRAI overnight. That goal has not yet been achieved. More volunteers are needed to ensure that the community provides a great and memorable experience for the RAGBRAI visitors.
At a meeting of committee members at Cronk’s Café on Wednesday evening, Dan Schaffer, Denison’s police chief and the chair of one of the four executive committees, encouraged everyone to recruit family and friends to help.
Following are some of the needs.
More hosts to house RAGBRAI participants, according to Lori Brotherton. A number of volunteer hosts are still needed to provide parking for motorhomes, space for tents, bed or floor space or bathroom facilities. Hosts are only expected to provide a place for riders to rest their heads for the night. The space provided may be either inside or outside. Local housing volunteers are not required to entertain guests or provide them with amenities. Hosts are not required to transport or feed the riders. More information and a form to become a host can be found at www.denisonragbrai.com/hosting/. For additional information regarding housing or other RAGBRAI-related topics, visit www.denisonragbrai.com/ or send an email to email@example.com.
About 150 volunteers are needed to help with the beverage garden. Dana Ingerslev said volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. The job is not limited to serving and opening cans of beer for customers; people are needed to check IDs, put on wrist bands and sell tickets for beer, and they can sit. Shifts are four hours. The beer garden will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight.
Cory Schmadeke, who is in charge of transportation, said hosts for the shuttle vehicles that will transport visitors around the community. Five shuttle routes will be set up in Denison. Volunteering to be a host is a great opportunity to tell visitors about Denison.
Along with helping the community, RAGBRAI volunteers receive the benefit of meeting and visiting with people from throughout the United States and the world.
As Schaffer pointed out Wednesday, it is time to push through to the end, and the community’s help is needed.