An estimated 25,000 people from all over the country and world will be in Cherokee on Sunday, July 22 for the first overnight stop for RAGBRAI XL.
The popular 40th annual event presents a chance to showcase Cherokee and show the world all that the Cherokee Community has to offer.
The City's official RAGBRAI theme and logo this year is "Saddle Up 'n Ride!" The western theme aligns with Cherokee's biggest community celebration - The three-day PRCA Rodeo each June.
Residents will have many opportunities to get involved in RAGBRAI to share the exhilarating experience and show their support of the community.
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 from the west via C38.
All Cherokee RAGBRAI vendors will be identified and featured in the official informational tabloid that will be circulated in Sioux Center and upon bikers' arrival in Cherokee. They also will be featured soon on Cherokee's RAGBRAI website at www.cherokeeragbrai.com.
According to RAGBRAI history, most of the support vehicles will arrive July 22 between 8 a.m. and noon. The Majority of riders will arrive in Cherokee between 10 a.m. and noon. Most meals will be served from 4-8 p.m., and July 23 breakfasts is recommended to start at 4:30 a.m. to about 9 a.m.
At least 100 volunteers are needed in Cherokee July 22 to help perform a variety of duties, including hospitality, information center, vendors, City beverage garden, campground, shuttle service, entertainment events. Training will be provided.
Volunteers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.