At the Wapsipinicon Country Club April 8, the logo and theme for Anamosa’s RAGBRAI overnight stop July 29 was announced: “Size Matters and We Like it Big.”
“Anamosa is sort of known in the RAGBRAI community for being a fun place to come, and we always come up with fun logos and fun shirts,” RAGBRAI Chair Betty Weimer said.
The theme leans into the city’s history with the GIANT Pumpkin Weigh Off and the popular “God Bless America” sculpture that the funds from RAGBRAI will go toward getting back full time after it left in 2019.
“We just wanted to have fun with it,” Anamosa Chamber of Commerce Executive Director LeeAnna Boone said of the big theme.
Ride Director Dieter Drake was on hand for the kickoff and to introduce the community to the RAGBRAI staff. He thanked the community for coming out for the kickoff, noting it was the fullest room they’d seen so far.
During the kickoff, the chairs for the various committees introduced themselves. Jeff Minger is in charge of figuring out camping spaces for the riders, which will include places like the school buildings and shuttles for riders. Sharon Minger is in charge of hospitality including entertainment and various giant games—like Battleship and Jenga—to go along with the theme for which she is looking for construction materials. Sheila Frink with the Anamosa Area Ambulance is working on getting the first aid station filled and staffing for the necessary ambulances. Mary Curtis is looking for local acts for one of the two entertainment stages, for which they are looking for a corporate sponsor. Renee Taylor and Mary Oldham are in charge of vendors, and they are still working on vendor services.
Amy Keltner with the Jones County Volunteer Center is heading up volunteer engagement. Volunteers will get a free t-shirt.
The kickoff event was an opportunity to ask questions. Those with questions, or looking to volunteer, can reach out to the various committee heads or go to the Anamosa RAGBRAI 2021 Facebook page, which includes links to the sponsorship and volunteer forms.