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  • Wed February 03 2021
  • Posted Feb 14
When hundreds of bicyclists converge in Fort Dodge on July 26, the community will have a unique opportunity to showcase itself.

Those bicyclists will be part of the annual RAGBRAI event, and they’ll be staying in Fort Dodge overnight. They were actually supposed to come to the city last summer, but the bike ride was scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With COVID-19 case numbers dropping and vaccinations gradually increasing, the prospects of the bicyclists arriving this summer look pretty good.

In a best case scenario, an overnight visit by RAGBRAI riders could have a $1 million economic impact on the community.

Fort Dodge needs to be prepared before the bicyclists get here. Last year, local leaders set up a committee to prepare. Now that committee is starting to, as Mayor Matt Bemrich put it, ”get re-energized.” The goal of the group is to put together an event for the riders that will be both spectacular and safe.



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