Le MarsSaturday - July 24
Kickoff RAGBRAI® 2021
In the Ice Cream Capital of the World ® in Le Mars, Iowa!
Le Mars is recognized as “The Ice Cream Capital of the World®” because more ice cream is made here by a single company (Wells Enterprises, Inc., makers of Blue Bunny® ice cream) than in any other city on earth. With nearly 12 miles of recreational trails, a 27-hole golf course, multiple parks, campgrounds, a vibrant downtown retail district, and so much more…the fact that we also serve our famous ice cream at the award-winning Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor is the cherry on top! This northwest Iowa community of nearly 10,000 residents will boast that Le Mars, Iowa, is the sweetest place to live, work, and raise a family!
Hello Riders! We are eager to welcome you to Le Mars, Iowa!
Are you looking for a place to dip before you hit Le Mars? Riders can drive to Le Mars on Friday from Akron, Iowa (22 miles – population 1,588) dip in the Big Sioux River which connects to the Missouri River. Another popular option is to ride from Sioux City, Iowa (26.2 miles – population 82,531) by dipping in the Missouri River. While here give yourself a warm up on our Recreational Trails around Le Mars!
You won’t be disappointed with starting RAGBRAI XLVII in Le Mars, Iowa on Saturday July 24th!
We will have transformed out downtown into the EXPO area along with live entertainment at the Olson Cultural Event Center which is smack dab in the middle of the event. Whether you’re from close by, or far away, you will want to join us as we celebrate the kickoff of RAGBRAI in Le Mars! Enjoy local restaurants, warm up on our nice trail system, enjoy bars, a brewery and more this July!
Food and Vendors
Directions & Parking
Extended week long parking options will be released to our bike guest! Stay posted as we confirm details.
Confused on how to get here? Check out directions, click here.
Signage will be placed throughout town giving you directions to the main campground and EXPO area.
Le Mars will host the best possible campground at the PLYMOUTH COUNTY FAIRGROUND in Le Mars which is scheduled one-week after RAGBRAI. The Plymouth County Fair is one of the biggest County Fairs in Iowa and is over 40 acres worth of space for sleeping, roaming, eating and entertainment for for charters, tents, RVs and more! Over 30 acres will be dedicated just for camping!
Looking to help VOLUNTEER? We are LOOKING for volunteers! Join us on Friday, Saturday or Sunday in Le Mars and volunteer for one or more of the 19 committees who are looking for help!
As we assemble our FAQ, please email us at RAGBRAILEMARS@gmail.com if you have any questions!
Let’s Talk About COVID-19:
Additionally, here is what RAGBRAI plans as far as COVID-19 mitigation:
- Online pre-event health screening will be required of all participants
- Daily health screening will be required of all staff, vendors, and volunteers
- Participants, staff, vendors, and volunteers will be required to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible
- Hand sanitizer must be available at all vendor locations, in SAG wagons, and will be provided to towns for entertainment venues & volunteer use
- 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
- All venues and towns will be encouraged to recommend outdoor dining to their restaurants and bars
- 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.
Sac CitySunday - July 25
- 83.8 Miles
- 2,681 Feet To Climb
We hope you can feel the welcoming energy as you pedal through our small town, taking in the beauty of all the recent and ongoing improvements with help from the John Criss Trust.
Known for being the home to the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball, Sac City also has numerous historical sites and other amenities for you to enjoy. From our Aquatic Center to our award-winning Cattail Cove, we hope you have a ball here in our little piece of paradise.
The family-owned stores found throughout Sac City treat their patrons as if they have known them for years. No one is a stranger in Sac City, and you won’t be either.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with what’s happening and how we’re preparing for you to stay in our town!
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us at SacCityRAGBRAI@gmail.com
Vist Sac City Today!
Directions & Parking
We are working on putting together a map with all the route and shuttle information. As soon as we have it we’ll pop it here.
Will there be housing available in Sac City?
Sac City is committed to finding spaces to camp for all individuals, charters, and bike clubs registered with RAGBRAI. Due to Covid concerns, there will be no “housing bureaus” run by the host town. Once the registration deadline arrives, we will start finding designated places for bike clubs and charters that need a place to stay. There will be campgrounds available for tent camping and for RV’s that are registered with RAGBRAI. There will be a designated “family” campground, as well.
Shortly after the official route announcement party, many individuals have reached out to people they know in town, and bike clubs have reached out to private landowners, churches, etc. Those who have not made such arrangements will have camping spaces designated for them. Some individuals in town may choose to open their lawns and/or homes to bikers, but there will be no “matching up” those who want housing with those individuals who are willing to provide it.
When will information be available for interested vendors?
Sac City RAGBRAI will be posting information for vendors in mid-to-late March. Informational meetings will also be scheduled later in March. Look for details in the Sac Sun and social media.