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WASHINGTON, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -About 300 volunteers have signed up to help the community of Washington handle tens of thousands of RAGBRAI visitors on July 29th.

That's the good news.

The bad news is organizers still need 300 more, for a total of 600, and time is running out.

People will spend Friday night, July 29th in Washington after traveling 68 and a half miles from Ottumwa.

The theme for their day is "Gettin' Piggy With It."

As the final stop, Washington is expecting at least 10-thousand more people than the other overnight locations because of people jumping in for the weekend and final stop. That increases the need for volunteers.

Instead of waiting for RAGBRAI volunteers to come to them, in Washington organizers started a new tactic this week.

Kids of committee members have set up tables in front of businesses and tried to sign up those passing by to help out during the event. They’ve even thrown in a bit of door-to-door recruiting.

Zoe Kane said one things she’s learned is to make a quick pitch.

“You have to let people know it’s important to you otherwise they won’t think it’s important at all,” Kane said.

Most communities ask volunteers to commit to a two hour shift. But when you consider setting up, serving and cleaning up and the need for volunteers around the clock it can take a lot of people.

Dani Kane, one of the main RAGBRAI organizers in Washington, said if they don’t get another 300 volunteers in the next two weeks, for a total of 600, the event will still go on.

But it may not run as smoothly.

“So if you think about falling short, that’s long lines, that’s waste and less in sales for the town,” Kane said.

Kane said the community is hoping people in nearby towns will also come to Washington to help out during RAGBRAI.

For a list of volunteer opportunities, go toRAGBRAI Washington's websiteand look for the signup tab.



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