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Iowa Falls

Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge

Monday - July 26
  • 67.2 Miles
  • 996 Feet To Climb

We’ll be Rollin’ on the River, RAGBRAI®!

Fort Dodge is thrilled to host RAGBRAI on Monday, July 26th, 2021.

On behalf of the citizens of Fort Dodge and our City Council, I am pleased to welcome RAGBRAI back to Fort Dodge and to Webster County, IA.

In all my years in Fort Dodge, I find this is one of the most exciting times to call this community home. With a population of more than 24,000, we are the county seat for Webster County and a major commercial center for North Central and Northwest Iowa.

Fort Dodge was founded in 1869 and was originally a military fort. Throughout history, Fort Dodge has seen many changes, but today is thriving more than ever. It continues to show economic growth and the community continues to come together to find ways to make Fort Dodge a dynamic and exciting place to live.

Fort Dodge is a friendly town with wonderful neighborhoods, first-class educational opportunities, state-of-the-art health services, many service clubs and organizations, and an array of arts and culture — as well as boundless activities through recreation, local attractions, and entertainment venues. We have made many improvements to our community since RAGBRAI was here in 2015. Together we have made great strides within our infrastructure, retail, recreational, and educational opportunities that have helped our community thrive. It is my hope that you will find Fort Dodge a great stop on your RAGBRAI journey.

Again, I welcome you to our great community. Enjoy your stay here and discover why Fort Dodge is a healthy, vibrant community in which to live, work, and play.

Mayor Matt Bemrich
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Questions? For now, please email us at ragbraifd@gmail.com.

RAGBRAI 2021 Announcement FD

Learn more about Fort Dodge here!

If you’re as excited as we are and want to show your Fort Dodge pride, you can order apparel here:

GET YOUR SWAG ON

Riders

Have you started training yet? Because we’ve started gearing up for your arrival. From beginning to end, we’ll show you exactly how Fort Dodge is Rollin’ on the River! Want to keep up with what’s going on in Fort Dodge as we prepare for your arrival? Follow us on Facebook!

Entertainment

Fort Dodge is always rockin’ and rollin’. From live entertainment, refreshments, and good ole community hospitality, we’ll welcome you into Downtown Fort Dodge and guide you to our unique locally-owned restaurants, breweries, pubs, and shops. You’re not going to want to leave!

We are ridiculously excited to announce our entertainment — and here it is! We are thrilled to make sure you have a blast rollin’ on the river here in Fort Dodge — and these incredible bands will make it happen!

Starting at 2 pm, local buskers will be entertaining throughout the day as you (& they) make their way through downtown Fort Dodge.
4 pm – 6 pm – Cory Waller & The Wicked Things
6 pm  -8 pm – Salty View
8 pm – 10 pm – Lone Tree Revival

Lone Tree Revival May be an image of one or more people, people standing and outdoors May be an image of 5 people, people standing and outdoors

Food and Vendors

We have filled all of our vendor spots, and we’re super excited to give you all the details! Check back for updates and follow our Facebook page!

You can always email us with any questions at ragbraifd@gmail.com

Directions & Parking

Maps! Maps! Get your maps here!

Images below. For a downloadable, printable version, click here:
RAGBRAI Fort Dodge 2021 Map
Vendor Map – Fort Dodge 2021

Camping

We’re going to get you set up along the river with easy access to historic downtown Fort Dodge and all the amenities you’ll need.

Sunkissed Meadows is a 30+ acre former par-3 ball golf course that over time has been converted to an 18-hole disc golf course. Nestled into the Des Moines River Valley, affectionately called Sunkissed by locals, this park provides a plush grass surface with numerous trees that continue to provide tough angles and obstacles for any disc golfer’s enjoyment and bountiful shade for all users of the park.

The large tranquil park has an outdoor exercise equipment station located on the intersection of two connecting trail systems that surround the natural landscape. On the other end, a R/C (Remote Control) vehicle track provides for weeknight leagues and weekend tournaments, bring R/C enthusiasts from all around. This park provides a variety of passive, do on your own, recreational opportunities, for users of all ages and interest.

Due to its large size and proximity to downtown, Sunkissed is home to many special events, including 5K walk/runs, Car Cruises, and a variety of other community events. This year’s RAGBRAI will be the first here, but definitely not the last time this area will host RAGBRAI as the main campground.

We are currently not assigning campgrounds/RVs to riders or teams. We won’t begin communication on that until May 4th, 2021 after RAGBRAI has announced their lottery results and riders have been assigned their wristbands. If you would like to submit a request now, you may do so and we will follow up when we are ready.

Residence

We are tremendously grateful to the residents of Fort Dodge for their hospitality not only during RAGBRAI, but also year-round. We know that life will get a little wild on Monday, July 26th and Tuesday, July 27th, so here’s more information for you.

The annual RAGBRAI event will be coming to Fort Dodge next Monday, July 26. As expected, this will cause traffic flow issues throughout the city during the day Monday, and during their departure Tuesday morning, July 27. We encourage community members to be aware of the RAGBRAI routes and use alternative routes for those two days.

The highlights;
1. Kenyon Road from HWY 169 to 12th Street (Monday from 4:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.)
Reduced to 25 MPH, head-to-head vehicle traffic in westbound lane
Eastbound lanes will be bike traffic only
2. Sunkissed Meadows and surrounding area
Sunkissed Meadows will be the main campground. All roads immediately surrounding the area will be closed to local traffic.
3. South 7th Street
South 7th Street will be used as a walking/biking path between Sunkissed Meadows and the downtown area. South 7th Street will be closed to traffic and those living in the area will need to seek alternate routes.
4. Downtown
This will be the main entertainment area and closed to traffic all day Monday. A portion of downtown will remain closed Tuesday morning for the route out.
5. Route Out
Riders will be crossing the town from Sunkissed Meadows, leaving east on 10th Ave North. This will require riders to cross the entire city Tuesday morning. Road closures will be in place and residents are encouraged to cross the route at 9th Street, 15th Street or 22nd Street. 32nd Street will be closed to all north/south traffic Tuesday morning.
6. 6th Ave North from 11th Street to MLK Drive
No Parking will be allowed along this stretch from midnight Tuesday morning until 11:00 A.M.
7. Knollcrest Neighborhood
10th Ave North will be closed Tuesday morning from 5:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Residents of the Knollcrest neighborhood will need to detour north to 25th Ave North in order to go south into town.
8. North 32nd Street
North 32nd Street at 10th Ave North will be closed Tuesday morning, from 5:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. All north/south traffic will need to see an alternate route.

Linked below, you will find a media release containing traffic flow information. In addition, two photos have been attached showing the route out of the city. With 15,000+ riders entering our community next week, we encourage everyone to be cautious of the increased traffic. We understand this may be an inconvenience but we want to ensure the safety of both our community members and the riders.

RAGBRAI 2021 Media Release

Click here to host riders in your yard

 

Housing

We’ve created a Facebook Group where residents and cyclists can work together for housing. Take a look here:

Housing FB Group 

If you do not use Facebook and would like assistance hosting or being hosted, click here:

Submit housing request here

Volunteer

Everyone knows that it’s the volunteers that make the magic happen. Join us in welcoming our guests by becoming a volunteer.

Volunteer here!  Click here to host riders in your yard

FAQ

We’re putting together some Frequently Asked Questions right now, but in the meantime, why don’t you ask away by emailing us with any questions at ragbraifd@gmail.com?

Let’s Talk About COVID-19:

For up-to-date information about the COVID-19 precautions we’re taking here in Fort Dodge and Webster County, please refer to the following:

Additionally, here is what RAGBRAI plans as far as COVID-19 mitigation:

  1. Online pre-event health screening will be required of all participants
  2. Daily health screening will be required of all staff, vendors, and volunteers
  3. Participants, staff, vendors, and volunteers will be required to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible
  4. Hand sanitizer must be available at all vendor locations, in SAG wagons, and will be provided to towns for entertainment venues & volunteer use
  5. Appropriate COVID-19 mitigation signage provided by RAGBRAI will be posted at the entrance to all areas of the ride expected to have large numbers of participants or spectators
  6. All venues and towns will be encouraged to recommend outdoor dining to their restaurants and bars
  7. Indoor hosted housing will not be supported by RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI reserves the right to add or remove any of the above mitigation methods based on current State of Iowa recommendations and industry best practices.

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    Iowa Falls

    Iowa Falls

    Tuesday - July 27
    • 54.9 Miles
    • 1,006 Feet To Climb

    The little river town in the middle of it all! Iowa Falls has the beautiful bluffs and rolling hills of northeast Iowa but sits in the central part of the state, surrounded by the best farmland in the country, livestock producers that feed the world and boast a vibrant downtown business community. The Iowa River is at the center of everything we do, we’re Nautical by Nature, but we know how to hit the trails, too!

    Riders

    One of the shortest rides will be on Tuesday so plan to ride the 54.9 miles into town early and spend the day exploring our Scenic City. Plenty of things to see and do downtown and along the river. You can plan to tube in the river, shop in our downtown stores, see some unique sites, and take in all the nautical small town fun we have in store for you!

    Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date with what’s happening and how we’re preparing for you to stay in our town!

    Entertainment

    Here it is!!!! The full entertainment line up of all SEVEN acts performing on July 27th and a bonus band on Wednesday morning July 28th!! We are so excited to have amazing music for you in the Scenic City of Iowa Falls! The entertainment area and beer garden (21+ only) at Estes Park opens at 10:30am and the music starts at 11am, there will be 12 full hours of continuous live music on two stages. There will be 2/$6 beers: Busch Light, Bud Light, Budweiser, Michelob Ultra, Dorothy’s, Psuedo Sue, Tailwind and $6 seltzers: Pineapple Kick, and 2/$6 waters
    1. 8pm-11pm – Sellout
    2. 6pm-8pm – Pert Near Sandstone
    3. 4pm-6pm – One Track Mind
    4. 2pm-4pm – Tank Anthony
    5. 1pm-2pm – Brian Herrin
    6. 12am-1pm – Aaron McClanahan
    7. 11am-1pm – The Day Drinkers
    8. 7:30am-10am Wednesday morning – The Spacemen

    Iowa Falls Bands

    Food and Vendors

    We will have plenty of food and vendors, many local restaurants, and churches in our downtown area serving up carbs for you on July 27th!

    Food Vendors Located Downtown by the Entertainment:

    1. Caribbean Kitchen Downtown (Jerk chicken sandwich, Jerk chicken rice bowl, Caribbean Cuban sandwich, Jerk pork rice bowl)
    2. Amos Deans (Brisket sandwich, horseradish, slaw, Kielbasa with apple bacon kraut, BBQ pork sandwich and slaw, BLT, basil vinaigrette)
    3. Pacific Rim Noodle House (Wok fired fresh veggies with fresh worked soba noodles)
    4. Pizza Til Sundown (Personal Pizza, Boneless Wings, Chicken Sandwich, Fries)
    5. The Outside Scoop (Single Scoop and Double Scoops)
    6. Karam’s Mediteranean Grill (Lamb gyro bowl, Chicken gyro bowl, Chicken shawarma wrap, Lamb gyro)
    7. The Wandering Mug (Breakfast Sandwich, Coffee, Hot Tea, Americano, Espresso, Hot and Iced Lattes, Cold Brew Coffee, Specialty Lemonades, Iced Teas)
    8. Los Primos Grill/Los Primos in the Bag (Fajitas, Rice Bowl, Burritos, Tacos, Walking Tacos, Nachos Taco Salad, Fajitas, Walking Gyros Walking Philly Cheesesteak, Smoothies & Drinks)
    9. Jose’s Tacos (Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas, Philly Sandwich)
    10. Dang Brother Pizza (13 Different Pizzas plus more)
    11. The Big Red Food Truck (Fried Taco, Walking Taco Boat, Beef and Lamb Gyro)
    12. El Burrito Loco (Quesadilla, Burrito, Tortas)
    13. Summer Kitchen (Pretzel, Street Tacos, Lemonade, Smoothies)
    14. Taco Express (Burrito, Steak Taco, Quesadilla, Nachos)
    15. A Mouthful (Bison Burger, Bison Rites, Gyro, Hotdogs, Fries, Cheese Balls, Donuts, Salads & More)
    16. Garcia’s Taqueria (Tacos Steak, Chicken, and Marinated Pork, Burritos, Quesadilla, Mexican Corn)
    17. Big Acai Bowls (Sorbet Bowls, Juice, & Bars)
    18. Kona Ice (Flavor your own Kona shaved ice)
    19. Americana Concessions (Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Corn Dogs, Tenderloins)

    Food Vendors Located in Other Areas:

    1. IFA High School Cadet Kitchen 1903 North, Taylor Ave (Hot Beef Sundae and Containers of Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies)
    2. River’s Edge Church 204 College Ave (Taco Bowls or Salads ground beef/pork, black beans, all the trimmings, Homemade Bars, & Drinks)
    3. Bethany Lutheran Church 2712 Washington Ave (Chicken Alfredo, Bread, Cookie, & Drink)
    4. Iowa Falls United Methodist Church 619 Main St (Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake, Breadsticks, Green Beans, Fresh Fruit Mix, Homemade Bars, Cookies, & Drinks)
    5. St. Mark’s Catholic Church 415 Main St (Spaghetti -meat or no meat sauce, Texas Toast, Cookies, & Drink – Dine In or Carry Out)
    6. Elks Lodge #1674 (Hamburgers, Brats, Loaded Baked Potato, Pie, & Breakfast)
    7. Open Bible Church 408 College Ave (Snacks & Drinks)
    8. Hydrate on Railroad 814 Railroad St (Drinks, Granola Bars, Muffins, Freeze Pops)

    Non-Food Vendors Downtown on Washington:

    1. Iowa IV – Elective IV services for fluid and vitamin replenishment and medication for symptom relief.
    2. Russel Cellular – Speakers, screen protectors, phone cases, chargers, phones (Verizon), and other misc items.
    3. Vitasuite IV and Ketamine Therapy – IV Hydration and Vitamine Therapy
    4. Crown Cover – Sun protective clothing – hats, caps, gaiters, shirts, and sleeves.
    5. Brancel Charters  – Showers at Assembly Park ($10 with towel)

    Directions & Parking

    Here are our finalized town maps along with directions, shuttles, and information! You can click on the link below the map and download the pdf to your device!

    Iowa Falls Map pdf – Download Here

    Iowa Falls Map Back – Download Here

    Camping

    We are a small town with lots of green space. We have the main RAGBRAI campground located at Iowa Falls High School and 11 other campgrounds complete with portable toilets, showers, and trash receptacles available around town. There are charters set up in 7 of the campgrounds. Open campgrounds are first come first serve located on the map below in blue at Legion Field, Heritage Care Center, Foster Park, and the Fire Station. Note: If you are looking for housing or a yard to camp in scroll farther down to see the “Housing” section below.

    RV/Camper Parking Areas RED

     

    Residence

    Our town is going to sextuple for the day so we will be providing information to residents with road closures and alternate routes during that time. You will want to get your bread and eggs on Monday and pull up a chair Tuesday mid-morning on Washington Ave for the all day RAGBRAI parade! The route comes in from Alden on Washington Ave up to Main St so plan to route around Washington and the downtown area. Walking or riding your bike that day will be your best option!

    Iowa Falls Logo T-Shirts, Koozies (16 oz), and Stickers for sale!

    For sale at the High School Campground Info Booth and the Estes Park Info Booth on July 27th! Don’t leave without

     

    Housing

    We will not be matching riders with residence for housing needs this year. If riders or teams have connections with local Iowa Falls residents feel free to reach out to them directly to coordinate your stay. This decision was made with the safety and health of the riders and residence of Iowa Falls in mind. Feel free to send a message to iowafallsragbrai@gmail.com to see if we know of available housing.

    If you are interested in finding housing or camping in Iowa Falls we have set up a Facebook Group where incoming riders can find places to stay in our community. Make a post about what you are able to offer or what you are looking for and then you will be able to communicate amongst each other!

    IOWA FALLS HOUSING MATCH

    Volunteer

    Iowa Falls is looking volunteers for set up on July 26, all day on July 27, and the morning of July 28. Please sign up below for a time and note the area you want to work!

    Individual Volunteers Registration:

    INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

     

    Groups Volunteer Registration (10+ people):

    GROUP REGISTRATION

     

    FAQ

    When/where is the AA meeting in Iowa Falls?

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
    First Congregational Church UCC
    520 College Ave Iowa Falls
    For information contact 712-299-1314
    Is there Visitor/ Volunteer and Overnight Parking available?
    Yes! Parking is available at the Ellsworth Equestrian Center parking lot: 709 Ellsworth Ave, Iowa Falls. You can’t miss it if you come in on Hwy 65 from the South. The yellow shuttle runs by there and is on a loop from 11am-11:30pm to get to the downtown food/entertainment area (see map above). For overnight parking please send an email to iowafallsragbrai@gmail.com and we will send you a parking permit for your dashboard.
    Submit any other questions to iowafallsragbrai@gmail.com

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