RAGBRAI is making its way into Anamosa today.
Anamosa was first announced as an overnight stop on the annual bike ride across Iowa in January 2020 – and with RAGBRAI cancelled last year due to COVID, that means the town has had a year and a half to prepare for thousands of riders.
That’s Anamosa Chamber Director LeeAnna Boone, who says they have live music and other activities planned for their visitors today as they make their way to Anamosa from Waterloo.
More than 15,000 registered riders will be making their way into Anamosa – and with all the vendors and support people, the town could be hosting close to 20,000 visitors today.
The “God Bless America” statue featuring the farm couple from Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting is just one of the attractions in Anamosa. Boone says they’re excited for the opportunity to showcase their town.
This is the first overnight stop for RAGBRAI in Anamosa since 2012. And Boone says the Anamosa community has been great about stepping up to help where needed.
After the riders spend the night in Anamosa, they’ll be traveling to their next overnight stop in DeWitt before ending the ride Saturday in Clinton.
photo courtesy of Anamosa RAGBRAI