Grant established for RAGBRAI profits
The Fairfield RAGBRAI committee has established a grant program for local non-profit organizations to share profits earned through RAGBRAI’s successful overnight stop July 26.
“We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in Fairfield,” said Tracy Vance, treasurer of the committee. “We are still finalizing expenses from the event but we are confident there will be a healthy sum of monies to distribute.”
Any Fairfield non-profit may apply for the funds. Priority will be given to those non-profits that helped or contributed in some way during RAGBRAI’s visit.
Grant award amounts range from $250 to $1,000. No guarantees will be made to any group about the amount applied for and the amount awarded.
Grant application forms and instructions can be found online at www.travelfairfield.com. Grant applications are due by Sept 10.
Award recipients will be announced on Sept. 21 during Live on the Square.
Completed applications are to be sent to Fairfield RAGBRAI committee, 200 N. Main St., Fairfield 52556.
A summary of how the organization used the funds is due no later than Feb. 21, 2014.
“The RAGBRAI committee will review the grant applications and decide on amounts to award,” said Vance.
Members on the Fairfield RAGBRAI executive committee in addition to Vance are Terry Baker, Rustin Lippincott, Michael Halley, Dennis Lopp, Tammy Jones and Julie Harvey.
The Fairfield RAGBRAI committee invites everyone to a community wide gratitude celebration beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday around the square and Central Park in conjunction with Live on the Square.
“It took an army of local volunteers to make RAGBRAI’s visit to Fairfield a success,” said Halley. “The community really stepped up and performed a multitude of tasks from selling T-shirts, setting up information booths, giving directions and working on cleanup.
“Saturday is our opportunity to thank everyone who came out to support RAGBRAI.”
The Fairfield RAGBRAI committee will offer face painting and free cake to the first 600 people in attendance. Mayor Ed Malloy will address the crowd at 7:15 p.m.
Jennifer Handling and the Revolution will start playing at 7:30 p.m. in the Ron Prill Bandstand at Central Park.
“This band is one of Southeast Iowa’s most popular bands, playing a variety of rock from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s classic rock, as well as ‘50s and ‘60s rock and country,” said Jones, Live on the Square organizer and Fairfield RAGBRAI committee member.
In another follow-up from Fairfield RAGBRAI, verification is still pending from Guinness World Records about the most people wearing a fake mustache contest held July 26 as part of Fairfield’s festivities.
“We submitted verification of 2,268 people,” said Baker. “That definitely breaks the previous record set by Grand Rapids with 1,544.
“Grand Rapids has conceded the record to Fairfield. We just need Guinness to notify us.”
Fairfield’s RAGBRAI theme Cirque de Fairfield with the tag line, “Hold on to Your Handlebars!” inspired a Guinness Book of World Records competition to have the most people wearing fake mustaches in one place. Crowds gathered on the Jefferson County Courthouse lawn July 26 to don fake mustaches and be photographed and videographed according to Guinness’s rules for five minutes.
“Grand Rapids representatives have been very friendly about all this, and it’s raised awareness between our towns about each other,” said Baker. “It’s been a good exchange.”