On July 22, an anticipated 15,000 to 25,000 visitors will be coming to the City of Cherokee for an overnight stay of great food, excellent entertainment and Cherokee hospitality.
These visitors will be staying in various locations throughout town, including the Green Space along the Little Sioux River, the High School, Community Center, bacon Aquatic Center area, the Middle School, the Fair Grounds, and Koser Spring Lake Park.
Along with these locations, it is estimated that more than 400 residents of Cherokee have graciously offered bikers to camp in their yards and or stay in their homes.
This event provides Cherokee with a great opportunity to show off our community. One never knows who, amongst the 25,000 visitors, may be looking for a new location for their business.
To help prepare for these and other visitors, the City of Cherokee and the RAGBRAI Citizens Committee are asking all residents to spruce up their properties to provide the best image of Cherokee. Keep in mind that our visitors may be staying in the back yard of your neighbor next door. Residents are being asked to pick up that pile of "stuff" that has accumulated alongside the garage.
Take that pile of brush you cleaned up last fall to the landfill.
Fix that broken door on the garage.
With everyone's help we can make Cherokee the best overnight stay the bikers have in their weeklong journey.
Who knows? One of those bikers may become your next door neighbor, a new business owner, or a future major employer of Cherokee.
Consistent with the Cherokee RAGBRAI Committee's theme, it is time to "Saddle Up N Ride!"