To the Editor:
We would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked at the beverage garden during RAGBRAI's over-night stay. Revenue generated from the beverage garden helps to pay for the many expenses incurred by a host town, such as: insurance, rent of the port-a-pots, entertainment, showers, etc. These are items that must be provided by the host town and must be paid by someone.
Over 80 volunteers worked at the beverage garden for at least one shift with many workers staying longer than the 4 hours asked of each worker. Special thanks goes to FUEL, whose members made up about 25 of the volunteers that worked the beverage garden, and also to the task captains: ID - Tina Davis, Servers - Morgan Grimm, Wristband - Somer Saxton, Security - Tony Brantner, Ticket Sales - Linda Jones. Their shifts were from opening to closing.
Troy Zimmerman and Steve Finer served as Committee Chairs for the beverage garden, vendors, and entertainment, among other responsibilities. They were great to work with and worked countless hours in the planning, set-up, and take-down of the Soper Park area.
Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce assumed the financial and organizational responsibilities that are associated with being an "Overnight Town." Deb Hite and Faith Kennedy hit the ground running immediately after the RAGBRAI announcement and put in an extraordinary amount of hours to pull this off.
RAGBRAI-2014 was a huge success because of the efforts of our RAGBRAI Committee, our great community, and the ability to utilize the Soper Park/5 Island Lake area as our venue for the vendors and the beverage garden.
The planning and effort put forth by the entire RAGBRAI committee was time consuming and took a huge commitment by each member as several meetings were required to meet certain deadlines.
None of this would have been possible without the volunteers. Thank you to each and every one of you that helped make RAGBRAI-2014 such a success.
Beverage Garden Co-Chairs
(signed) Brian Rouse and Rick Jones