Counting down the days

June 9, 2017

Counting down the days

The Spencer RAGBRAI Team is counting down the days. At the risk of repeating the same information, the committee’s biggest need at this point from the community is volunteers. Without the dedication of Spencer’s many volunteer oriented people, July 23 would not be successful.

Housing applications are still open, and RAGBRAI hosts are needed! Right now more than 1500 of the RAGBRAI riders are looking for private camping or home locations. Anyone in the Spencer area can help! You can offer parking for a motor home, yard area for camping, floor space, or beds. Hosts are not required to transport or feed riders and are not allowed to charge for accommodations. This is a terrific opportunity to meet people from across the United States. Committee volunteers will match riders to available housing prior to July 23rd.

If you can’t host, you can still help riders find a place to lay their head for the evening. The Campground Committee needs help with staking camping sites and install signage at the fairgrounds on July 22nd, direct riders and drivers in setting up, patrol campground boundaries and assist with luggage transfers. On Monday, July 24th we’ll remove all stakes and signs and do a general clean-up of items left in the campground area.

The Sanitation Committee is also in need of many volunteers. Help Spencer shine by making sure that trash receptacles are empty, that fresh water is easily accessible and that RAGBRAI has a clean visit. This position isn’t glamorous, but it is one of the most important in making sure that the town puts its best foot forward on July 23.

General set-up and tear down volunteers are always needed. Assist the various committees in efforts to get everything situated for the arrival of our guests and help with clean-up and take down after the riders depart.

“It’s all hands on deck,” according to Deb Sundall, Spencer Volunteer Committee co-chair. “As time and planning is moving at a rapid pace, we need volunteer commitments now to make this an enjoyable event for not only our invited guests but for the entire community.”

For more information on being a part of the Spencer RAGBRAI 2017 team, email: or call the Spencer Chamber of Commerce at 712-262-5680.

Keep up to date with Spencer RAGBRAI information. We encourage you to follow along with the process, and most importantly get involved! Please continue to watch the website, Facebook page and especially this column for specific requests and updates! Spencer has a reputation of being one of the best RAGBRAI stops and we want to make sure that as this year’s riders leave town they can’t wait to come back and visit, even if it’s not on two wheels.

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