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Spandex worship with hymns and harmonica in Hull



Coffee and breakfast burritos came with a side of worship from a pop up tent in Hull 10 miles into day one of RAGBRAI.

“Looks like we’re going to church this morning,” cyclist said as they rolled into downtown Hull.

Under a tent, spandex- helmet-clad cyclist Keith Castle, of Marysville, Ohio, spontaneously hopped on stage with his harmonica to join First Reformed Church of Hull’s worship team in a hymn.

“I only play for my friend Jesus,” Castle said after receiving a round of applause from church members and a handful of other riders.

It was his second church stop of the morning, after playing “Amazing Grace” for a congregation in Rock Valley.

The 8 a.m. outdoor service in Hull was one of six this morning that different local churches are hosting between 7 and 9:30 a.m. in the shared pop up tent.

“It’s kind of a unique day for us,” said 83-year-old Hull native Bud Krommendyke.

Morning service at Krommendyke’s congregation is pushed back an hour this morning to accommodate the circus on wheels that locals say is bigger than anything the town has ever seen.

“The only other big celebrations we have is a church’s 50th anniversary or something at the school and things,” Bud’s wife of 60-plus years Lou Krommendyke said.

1 Response on “Spandex worship with hymns and harmonica in Hull

Orville Anderson

July 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm

See ya all in Forest City heading to Mason City, Ride right and Ride SAFE.

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