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City RAGBRAI plans under way

Monday, March 12, 2012

This summer Cherokee will be an overnight host for the Des Moines Register hosted RAGBRAI XL (40th annual).

The executive committee is now in place with sub committees being filled now. These committees will be meeting often throughout the process, many of them weekly to plan the event that will bring up to 25,000 people to Cherokee. The executive committee and sub committees will be responsible for setting up logos, camping locations, entertainment, security, vendor fees, volunteers, housing and more. These committees are just in planning stages and have not firmly set any of these items.

Many volunteers will be needed to host this event. Several have called the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce or Cherokee City Hall wanting to volunteer, and have wondered why they have yet to be contacted. Don't worry, all volunteers will be needed and appreciated, though at this point, the volunteer committee is not in place to accept them.

Julie Hering Kent, Executive Director of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, notes that there will be a community meeting in the near future to unveil the logo, and give the community information on planned routes, events and more, and this will also be a great time for volunteers to sign up. You can also go to the website: www.cherokeeragbrai.com for updated information as it becomes available, along with forms to fill out to become a volunteer.

Hering Kent also noted that residents have been contacted by riders seeking housing in Cherokee. The official 10,000 RAGBRAI XL riders will not be determined until May, so at this point there are no guarantees that the riders you have coming to your home are officially on the ride, which ensures that they have signed liability waivers. You are welcome to host any riders in your home, but be aware that it may be under your own liability unless they are officially registered.

As the housing committee gets under way, they will ask residents who have opened their homes, to register riders to enable them to be located by officials in Cherokee and with RAGBRAI XL in case of any emergency.

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