I’m not sure it would require advance notification and this was not my decision, I’m only the message bearer and second hand at that. I’m a RAGBRAI nobody, I’m privy to nothing! Towns who have applied to be on the route only need to be told to be prepared to staff a booth. They won’t have detailed plans to share anyway at this point. They can have general information about their town and they can share the pitch they made to RAGBRAI in order to enhance their chances of selection. It’s not that far to Des Moines from any town in Iowa. They can leave and return the same day. If this becomes the new procedure the quality of the presentations in succeeding years will improve based on the feedback from the early years but I think it will be a nice addition to the party which I have never attended and may never attend!
But they could tell the towns in advance….