Orange City RAGBRAI® Announces Campground Details

The Orange City RAGBRAI® committee announced campground information for registered riders who will be participating in RAGBRAI XLV and spending the night in the starting overnight host town before heading out on the bike ride across Iowa on July 23. According to JoAnn Weber of the Orange City RAGBRAI executive committee, the main campground is on the campus of Northwestern College in an area just east of the college’s Bultman Center, an athletic facility on the south end of town at Albany Avenue.

“The main campground is about 5.5 acres,” reported Weber. “The Bultman Center will have showers and restrooms available for campers. This campground is primarily for riders utilizing the RAGBRAI luggage service, and will be available on a first come, first served basis.”

According to Weber, there will be other campground areas where vehicles are allowed. These will be separate from the RV lots. This is just the start of our camping areas, we will have over 80 acres available for camping. Many of the charter services are already making location arrangements with our volunteers. We will have information on charter service locations at our information booths on Saturday when riders arrive. Some of the RV camping areas include Town & Country Implement, the MOC-FV High School parking lot, and the Unity Christian High School parking lot.

A map of additional official campgrounds available in Orange City during RAGBRAI will be released in April after charter groups have indicated their needs. Registered riders may also apply for various housing options at ragbrai.orangecityiowa.com after May 1.

Orange City RAGBRAI® Invites Public to Town Hall Event April 24

The Orange City RAGBRAI® committee will be hosting a public “Town Hall Event” on Monday, April 24 from 7-8pm in the community’s City Hall located at 125 Central Avenue SE. At this event, Orange City’s distinct logo and theme for RAGBRAI XLV – for which the community will be the starting overnight host town – will be unveiled by the Publicity committee, and T-shirts sporting the logo will be for sale by the Hospitality team. In addition, the Entertainment committee will reveal the various entertainment/attractions that have been secured for the local RAGBRAI visit, which draws thousands of riders, support crews, vendors, and visitors to the host communities each summer.

Also during the April 24 gathering, residents will be introduced to local promotions/discounts, a community decorations initiative, an art contest and grand farewell project, and a “Light It Up Orange City” block party announcement. Break-out booths will offer community members an opportunity to learn more specifics and sign up to volunteer and to offer housing to RAGBRAI riders. Finally, the Orange City RAGBRAI committee will announce the winner of a bicycle from Kopetsky’s Ace Hardware. To be included in the drawing for the bike, parents can register their child(ren) age 12 and under at the Orange City Ace Hardware store until the April 24 event. An Orange City RAGBRAI logoed T-shirt will also be given away that evening. Recipients must be present to win the bike or T-shirt.

Orange City RAGBRAI® Web Site Includes Registrations and Applications Housing, Vendors, Volunteers, and More!

Orange City, Iowa – Important updates to the Orange City RAGBRAI® website have been launched. The site includes a new navigation bar and page buttons for riders, vendors, and community members to access key information about the July event, for which Orange City is the starting overnight host community.

Links/buttons of interest to area residents and organizations now online at ragbrai.orangecityiowa.com include:

Get Involved and Volunteer. Local community members are encouraged to sign up to volunteer to help with RAGBRAI XLV. Orange City is the starting overnight host town for this event, which means thousands of riders, support crews, visitors, and vendors will be in town for this bike ride across Iowa. The ride itself starts on July 23, but many residents are needed to assist prior to that day. Some areas of need for volunteers and hosts include parking for motor homes, space for tents, housing, and many other aspects of this event. Note: local residents and organizations who are planning to house people during RAGBRAI are asked to notify the RAGBRAI committee via the website.

Vendor Application. Food and non-food vendors can submit an application online to be considered for a vending location during RAGBRAI. The vending committee requires that anyone wanting to vend products or food in Orange City during RAGBRAI XLV (outside of their normal daily business operations) complete the Vendor Application form by the deadline of June 1.

Other links on the Orange City RAGBRAI site include

Riders and Support. This button links to registrations for housing, long-term parking, and an airport shuttle from Sioux Falls on July 22.

To Do and See. This navigation link features calendar listings for events and activities.

Residents, riders, vendors, and visitors are encouraged to watch for more updates on ragbrai.orangecityiowa.com and on the Orange City RAGBRAI Facebook page in the coming weeks.

RAGBRAI® Host Communities Meet in Des Moines

A group of Orange City representatives recently met in Des Moines with other RAGBRAI® host communities to make plans and share information about the events and activities that are being planned for RAGBRAI XLV this July. Breakout session topics included Campgrounds, Medical, Food and Vendors, Fundraising, RIDE RIGHT, Recycling, Overcoming Challenges, Risk Management, Law Enforcement, and Beverage Gardens. RAGBRAI Staff also answered general questions that communities have in relation to planning. Orange City is the starting town for this year’s RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). For information and to volunteer to help with the event July 22 and 23, visit our volunteer page.