Thousands of RAGBRAI cyclists will ride with musicians from the Fort Dodge area on July 26 when the annual bike ride through Iowa makes a stop in downtown.
The Fort Dodge RAGBRAI committee announced Friday that three stages will be set up along Central Avenue. The stages will feature local talent Cory Waller & the Wicked Things from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Salty View will be on the main stage from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Lone Tree Revival will perform on the City Square stage from 8 p.m. to 8 p.m. 10 a.m. afternoon
“Fort Dodge has a ridiculous amount of talented artists and musicians,” said Shelly Bottorff, member of the RAGBRAI entertainment committee. “I’m very happy to be able to give people a sample of our local bands. We have decades of talent on stage that night. You’ll hear a variety of music ranging from folk to funk, blues, pop, rock and just plain groovy fun, we’ve pretty much covered it all. We even have Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Dean Davis, who plays drums with Lone Tree Revival alongside several other local celebrities.
Soldier Creek Winery will also host Chad Elliott from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Amigos will also have Tank Anthony on stage.
“If you hate having fun then this is not the place to be,” said Bottorff. “It’s going to be awesome !”
A drink garden will also be set up on Central Avenue from 12th Street to City Square. Tickets can be purchased for use in the Beverage Garden, and bars along Central Avenue will accept these tickets. These drinks can be withdrawn from the establishments so that the inhabitants of RAGBRAI can enjoy the entertainment and a drink.
While the RAGBRAI runners enjoy the musical entertainment, they will also be able to see works by young and adult artists from the region. Windows up and down Central Avenue will be painted to accommodate runners.
“Our goal is to repaint all the windows on Central Avenue to welcome passengers and showcase our beautiful downtown neighborhood.” said Mary Kay Daniel, who is leading the charge for painting the windows. “We are asking businesses to paint their storefronts and we are looking for volunteers to help paint vacant storefronts. “
According to Daniel, volunteer artists helping with vacant showcases can be amateur or professional artists of any age. Main Street Fort Dodge will supply all approved window paints and supplies. All window painting must be completed by Sunday July 25, as the RAGBRAI runners will head to Fort Dodge the next day. Artists interested in helping paint windows should contact Daniel at 515-573-3431 ext. 5.
The Blanden Memorial Art Museum also hosts the RAGBRAI Kids Art Contest. Local children of all ages are encouraged to create a two-dimensional work of art that shows cyclists riding along the river with RAGBRAI. All art projects can be dropped off at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum during normal opening hours. The deadline for contest submissions is July 9. All submissions must include the artist’s name, age, address and phone number.
Roger Netz and Clint Riedel singing in Central Avenue from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cory Waller & the Wicked Things (stage located on Central, between 10th and 11th streets) 4-6 p.m.
Mainstage Salty View (Scene from RAGBRAI located on Ninth Street) 6-8 p.m.
Lone Tree Revival (Stage located in City Square) 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.