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RAGBRAI is coming to Graettinger

April 18, 2014
Estherville News

To the Editor

RAGBRAI's coming to town, RAGRABI's coming to town..can you feel the excitement in those words? I do and I hope everyone else does too. This is a very HUGE thing for Graettinger being asked to be a "support town stop" right before they ascend on their overnight hosts in Emmetsburg.

Did you know as a "support town" we can expect anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 bicyclers and their support crews to fill our town?

I'm having a hard time even imagining how our town will look with that many people on our main street areas, but can't wait to see it!

We as a community need to band together and get to work! We need all the vendors and volunteers that we can come up with. It's going to take EVERYONE available to cover all the hours they come through our great city.

The City Council of Graettinger has appointed co-chairpersons Dan Skattebo and Tonya Feldhacker to help organize the event, BUT we still need YOU! There is an informational meeting set up for Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:30 p.m. in the Graettinger School Library. We need you there-vendors and volunteers.

Now for food and non-food vendors; the city council has passed an ordinance to allow these vendors in Graettinger on July 21st and WE NEED YOU in order to fill our streets with food and other saleable merchandise for the masses to buy. In the ordinance we put a 25 mile radius of Graettinger as a LOCAL vendor. So if you are a group, non-profit, business owner, church or any other type of vendor and you live within the 25 mile radius of Graettinger, PLEASE purchase your local vendor permit from Graettinger City Hall and help us feed and sell to the participants.

We need to fill the town with vendors so they stay and spend their money in our town while they are helping us make the event a very memorable one.

So if you or someone you know wants to be a food or non-food vendor or you can help by volunteering to help, PLEASE come to the meeting on Thursday, April 24 so we know how many we will have. I'm so very proud and excited to be able to participate in this lifelong memorable event and can't wait to volunteer alongside you!

Sincerely,

Margaret Tatman

Graettinger

 
 
 

 

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