Emmetsburg residents have many stories to share in the wake of hosting RAGBRAI XLII on Monday.
"So many people had such good things to say," said Deb Hite, Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. "I think we totally nailed it."
Hite added, "We had the right people on the right committees. I am so grateful to the committees, to the volunteers and to the community. I have heard nothing but good things."
HERE?COMES?RAGBRAI® - The long-anticipated Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa rolled into Palo Alto County Monday morning in a kaleidoscope of color, accompanied by the whirring of thousands of bicycle tires on pavement. After passing through Graettinger in the morning hours, the first bike riders began filtering into Emmetsburg around 10 a.m., and shortly thereafter, a steady stream of riders rolled into the city, as pictured above. More photos from RAGBRAI?can be found in this issue of The Democrat.
-- Dan Voigt photo
Early reports indicate that most all of the churches sold out of food. Many Emmetsburg retail businesses reported a brisk day as well.
TJ?Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI?Director, and Scott Garner, Assistant RAGBRAI Director, complimented Emmetsburg for providing an exceptional venue. Bike shops and food vendors extended from Main and Broadway to the south shore of Five Island Lake.
RAGBRAI riders took advantage of Five Island Lake. Many stood and swam in the cool water, after a day on the road. Other riders took advantage of seeing other amenities the community had to offer.
Volunteers throughout the community were helpful in giving out information to the 20,000 guests.
Rider complimented Emmetsburg and its residents for being a very friendly community.
"We were well organized and it paid off,"?said Hite.