Cherokee has an exciting opportunity to serve as an overnight stop on RAGBRAI XL this summer.
Over 25,000 people from all over the country and world will be in town on Sunday, July 22. This is our chance to showcase Cherokee and show the world all that the Cherokee Community has to offer.
Residents will have many opportunities to get involved in RAGBRAI and show their support of the community.
A community meeting has been scheduled for Monday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Western Iowa Tech Community College. At this time the Cherokee RAGBRAI Committee will announce the town's theme and logo, share plans for the event, talk about volunteer opportunities, and answer any questions community members may have.
Hundreds of volunteers will be needed before, during and after RAGBRAI to help with everything from working in the beverage garden, planning and carrying out community welcomes and sendoffs, helping at the information stands and campgrounds, and much more.
You can go online at www.cherokeeragbrai.com and click the "volunteer" link for more information on signing up. Or stop by the Cherokee City Hall and pick up a volunteer application. You can call Lori Thomas with questions at 225-3757 or email email@example.com.
Volunteers will be need to host RAGBRAI riders in their homes. Some riders are looking for a place in a yard to pitch a tent while others will want a bed to sleep in. They will also want access to a bathroom and shower.
If you are willing to host riders in your home, you can go to the website at www.cherokeeragbrai.com, click on the "host" link, and sign up. You can also stop by the Cherokee City Hall and pick up a Host form. You can call Cherokee City Hall with questions at 225-5749 or email housing @cherokeeragbrai.com.
You may have already been contacted directly by riders seeking housing. Keep in mind that 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 talked to 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 if they are not officially registered with RAGBRAI.
If you have already opened your home to riders, please share that information with the housing committee. They will be able to make sure that those riders are registered. Having that information, the volunteers working the information center can direct riders to their proper destination.
The 2012 RAGBRAI begins in Sioux Center on Saturday, July 21, and disembarks early Sunday, July 22, arriving in Cherokee throughout the day. The route from Sioux Center to Cherokee passes through Orange City, Alton, Granville, and Marcus, before reaching Cherokee.