Inspections in Knoxville for RAGBRAI food vendors are likely to begin around 8:30 a.m. on July 24, and if they do not meet regulations, they will not be allowed to sell any food until they are up to regulation. Beal states that usually, coming up to regulation after a mistake is a pretty easy fix. As soon as the vendor is compliant with regulations again, they may continue selling food.
According to Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik, Knoxville RAGBRAI vendors will need to be set up on July 24 by 10 a.m. The streets in the downtown area will be closed off by 5 p.m. the day before in preparation, so vendors are welcome to set up anytime after 5 p.m. on July 23. Feik also says that no vehicles will be allowed in the blocked-off area except for very few vehicles that will be needed that will have RAGBRAI stickers. There will be designated vendor and volunteer parking available outside of the square for those who need it. Normal downtown businesses may contact the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce to obtain parking passes for the day. Feik additionally estimates that Knoxville may have as many as 30,000 more people in Knoxville than usual on July 24.
Police Chief Dan Losada reminds vendors that restocking of supplies downtown during RAGBRAI on July 24 may be difficult--any extra supplies that need to be brought to a stand will need to be walked in, as vehicles will not be allowed to drive up to their stands for any reason.