From Dutch till Dawn… that’s the theme of this year’s RAGBRAI send off in Orange City as thousands prepare for their big trek across the state of Iowa.
“We’re really ticked and we’ve been around town basically all morning and the people are so friendly. In everybody’s yards, they have bicycles with little lights on them and I’m impressed. I mean everyone has gone out of their way to get ready for 10,000 people coming to their town. I’m impressed,” says Susan Crossland, RAGBRAI biker.
It’s expected that 15-20,000 people will start in Orange City; a number some residents aren’t used to.
“It’s going to be kind of different because we’re used to just having a few people here but it’s going to be kind of cool just to have new people to check out downtown and stuff,” says Luke Korver, Orange City resident.
But there won’t be a shortage of space in this small but friendly town. Northwest College has cleared ample space on their college campus for overnight campers and are even offering around 400 of their campus dorms for people to stay. That on top of about nine other camp sites around town.
Riders and organizers saying although a lot of work has gone in to the process and with dozens of vendors and live entertainment coming in over the weekend, they’re ready to ride.
“It’s very exciting. We’re pumped. As a team that rides and as organizers as hosts, we are very excited,” says Jeff Kliegl, organizer and bike rider.
Activities start this Saturday at noon in Downtown Orange City.