Fairfield’s RAGBRAI town rally Saturday
The Fairfield community is invited to attend the RAGBRAI Town Rally & Bike Clinic 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) will bring 10,000 bike riders and their support crews to Fairfield on July 26. A rally to prepare for their arrival will be hosted by Dave Neff and Lindsay Lippincott.
This rally will provide information about what to expect when the riders come to town. It will be an opportunity to learn the route the riders will take, the various activities and entertainment being planned as well as how the community and local organizations can be involved.
Committee members will be on hand to provide information about becoming a vendor or a volunteer. There will also be an opportunity to register as a rider host. Approximately 3,000 riders will be looking for private homes and yards to stay in and the housing committee will be on hand to provide information as to what a host can expect.
T-shirts will be available for sale with the unique “Cirque de Fairfield” RAGBRAI logo created by Josie Hannes. The shirts are $20 and will be the committees’ biggest fundraiser to help with the cost of hosting RAGBRAI in Fairfield. While RAGBRAI will be costly to host, RAGBRAI officials estimate that the riders will bring in around $3 million in revenue for Fairfield.
Following the rally, a bike clinic will be held at 11 a.m. for riders to learn all about bike safety and proper maintenance of their bikes.
The bike clinic, part of the Ride Right program offered by RAGBRAI, is designed to get local bikes ready for the riding season.
Participants are asked to bring their bikes to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and volunteers will check the tires and inflate them to the proper pressure, check brakes and chains and adjust seats to the right height. Other problems may be pointed out but repairs will not be offered at the clinic.
Clinic volunteers will also help make sure helmets fit properly and attendees will be able to license their bikes.
Volunteers are still needed to help with the clinic. Residents may contact Dick or Deb Arnold at 472-3906 for more information. The clinic and rally are free and all ages are welcome to attend.