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Thirty-five days from now Carroll will be the overnight host for thousands of participants in the 50th annual RAGBRAI — the Registers Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. Lynda Dukes Franey is on Carroll’s host committee and she says it’s crunch time.

“We all are trying really hard to make sure that when they roll out the next morning, they say: ‘That was great,'” Dukes Franey says.

Carroll has formed 15 different groups or committees to plan for hosting. “Safety first, we have a safety committee, ride right, of course we have health and medical,” Dukes Franey says. “…We have porta potties and shuttles. I mean, it’s not just the fun parts.”

Musical performances will start at 4 p.m. in Carroll, with a Midwest band called “The Pork Tornadoes” as the headliners that evening. Dukes Franey says there will be kid-themed activities throughout the day, too.


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