Eastern Iowa Town Drops Out As 2021 RAGBRAI Stop
One of the stops planned on the 2021 route of RAGBRAI has bowed out, according to the Telegraph-Herald.
Maquoketa hopes to get another opportunity in a few years, but after being originally scheduled on this year's canceled route, which was then moved to next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ride organizers will be looking for another stop to fill the void. City leaders in Maquoketa called it a "tough decision", but said the schedule for next year's event (July 25-31, 2021) conflicts with too many other projects and events in their area, including major road construction and the Jackson County Fair.
Mayor Don Schwenker said the limited campsites and resources in his town of 6,000 would have been challenged by the logistics of accomodating up to 20,000 for RAGBRAI plus 5,000 for the fair. Schwenker said the decision was made "following input from the RAGBRAI advisory board, volunteers, the county emergency management coordinator, local law enforcement and health officials."
An $11 million road construction project is in the works for Platt Street in Maquoketa and as it's one of the city's main roads, difficulty arose in planning an overnight RAGRBAI event that would avoid it. The city's most recent stint as an overnight RABRAI stop was in 2004 and city leaders reiterated in the Telegraph-Herald that they love hosting the event. It's just not going to work out for them this time, but will be eager to throw their name back in the hat when Pratt Street Construction is completed, probably about two years from now.