Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Community News Network

February 7, 2013

Oskaloosa continues planning for RAGBRAI

OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa has six months to prepare to welcome RAGBRAI bicyclists to town as about 12,000 bike riders will stop in for a visit.

It’s been 10 years since the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa came to Oskaloosa and RAGBRAI officials met with Oskaloosa leaders Wednesday morning at the Oskaloosa Chamber office to begin planning for the event.

RAGBRAI riders come from all 50 states and 18 countries, RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz said.

“We’re going to give you a lot of good ideas,” he said.

Juskiewicz said RAGBRAI officials will come to Oskaloosa every two weeks to meet and go over plans for the bike ride’s overnight stop on July 25. After meeting in Oskaloosa, RAGBRAI officials they would stop in Fairfield and Fort Madison Wednesday, he said.

“This is a local event driven by local leaders,” Juskiewicz said.

Oskaloosa, like other over-night stop towns, will have an Advisory Board of local leaders to advise committee members on “what’s best for Oskaloosa,” Juskiewicz said. The Advisory Board will appoint the Executive Committee, which will oversee the 20 committees that will plan all aspects of Oskaloosa’s RAGBRAI festivities, he said.

RAGBRAI riders will travel just 52 miles from Knoxville to Oskaloosa, so people will have a longer time to enjoy Oskaloosa’s entertainment, Juskiewicz said.

Oskaloosa Chamber Executive Director Jon Sullivan asked about the number of meals the community should prepare for the crowd.

Juskiewicz replied that it’s hard to pinpoint at this time because factors such as weather cannot be foreseen. Weather will be a key factor in RAGBRAI, he added.

Should Oskaloosa prepare breakfast for riders in the morning for riders heading out to Fairfield?

“Very few eat breakfast” at the overnight stop, Juskiewicz said.

Sullivan also asked about campground arrangements.

Juskiewicz said to expect about 500 RVs to park in Oskaloosa. RAGBRAI has evolved from days when people would pitch a pup tent to sleep overnight. Now, many riders are part of clubs that ride the route and travel in RVs and SUVs.

“You have more than enough green space,” Juskiewicz said. Also, colleges and universities like people to use their facilities, and William Penn can help house RAGBRAI riders, he added.

Juskiewicz also said that the distance of about a mile from Edmundson Park to the Oskaloosa city square would not be too far for RAGBRAI participants to walk for food and entertainment. He also said that a few food vendors could set up at the park to help feed incoming bicyclists and support personnel.

Juskiewicz said that Oskaloosa now needs to get its planning committees up and running to start work.

Sullivan said a meeting will be held to determine the committee chairs.

1
Text Only
Community News Network
  • Why a see-through mouse is a big deal for scientists

    A group of Caltech researchers announced in Cell Thursday their success in making an entire organism transparent. Unfortunately, this isn't any kind of "Invisible Man" scenario: The organism in question is a mouse, and the mouse in question is quite dead.

    July 31, 2014

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 2.12.55 PM.png VIDEO: Five-year-old doesn't want her brother to grow up

    Sadie, an adorable 5-year-old from Phoenix, wants her brother to stay young forever, so much so that her emotional reaction to the thought of him getting older has drawn more than 10 million views on YouTube.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • lockport-police.jpg Police department turns to Facebook for guidance on use of 'negro'

    What seems to be a data entry mistake by a small town police department in western New York has turned into a social media firestorm centered around the word "negro" and whether it's acceptable to use in modern society.

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • The virtues of lying

    Two computational scientists set out recently to simulate the effects of lying in a virtual human population. Their results, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, show that lying is essential for the growth of a cohesive social network.

    July 31, 2014

  • Sunburn isn't the only sign of summer that can leave you itchy and blistered

    You've got a rash. You quickly rule out the usual suspects: You haven't been gardening or hiking or even picnicking, so it's probably not a plant irritant such as poison ivy or wild parsnip; likewise, it's probably not chiggers or ticks carrying Lyme disease; and you haven't been swimming in a pond, which can harbor the parasite that causes swimmer's itch.

    July 30, 2014

  • Survey results in legislation to battle sexual assault on campus

    Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill joined a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday to announce legislation that aims to reduce the number of sexual assaults on college campuses.

    July 30, 2014

  • An alarming threat to airlines that no one's talking about

    It's been an abysmal year for the flying public. Planes have crashed in bad weather, disappeared over the Indian Ocean and tragically crossed paths with anti-aircraft missiles over Ukraine.

    July 30, 2014

  • Sharknado.jpg Sharknado 2 set to attack viewers tonight

    In the face of another "Sharknado" TV movie (the even-more-inane "Sharknado 2: The Second One," premiering Wednesday night on Syfy), there isn't much for a critic to say except to echo what the characters themselves so frequently scream when confronted by a great white shark spinning toward them in a funnel cloud:
    "LOOK OUT!!"

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140729-AMX-GIVHAN292.jpg Spanx stretches into new territory with jeans, but promised magic is elusive

    The Spanx empire of stomach-flattening, thigh-slimming, jiggle-reducing foundation garments has expanded to include what the brand promises is the mother of all body-shaping miracles: Spanx jeans.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Medical marijuana opponents' most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research

    Opponents of marijuana legalization are rapidly losing the battle for hearts and minds. Simply put, the public understands that however you measure the consequences of marijuana use, the drug is significantly less harmful to users and society than tobacco or alcohol.

    July 29, 2014

Features
AP Video
Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Russell Simmons, LL Cool J Visit Youth at Jail Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian US, UN Announce Deal on Gaza Cease-Fire Despite Moratorium, Detroit Water Worries Remain Faith Leaders Arrested at DC Deportation Protest Family Dispute Cripples Northeast Grocery Chain CDC Warns Travelers Amid Ebola Outbreak US Stocks Plunge, Wiping Out July's Gains Demoted Worker Shoots CEO, Kills Self Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit Raw: 2 Hurt in NY Trench Collapse House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

Yes
No
     View Results