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Grinnell RAGBRAI Will Have Something For Everyone

July 26, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald - Grinnell - RAGBRAI arrives in Grinnell on Thursday, July 28th, and riders will find a myriad of entertainment, food, activities, and sights. The event promises to provide something for all ages and interests.

“We have a great line up of music, arts, movies, swimming, historical exhibits – you name it, you can probably find it,” said Craig Cooper, co-chair of the Grinnell RAGBRAI Executive Committee. “And we’re also proud to have local food vendors, Iowa microbrews, and a parade.”

Here is a list of events and activities:

 Entry into the city (all day) located at 11th Ave and Sunset, near the northwest corner of the football field: Riders will be greeted beginning at 11 a.m. by a unique display, a DJ, music, and cheering Grinnellians. If you want to see this amazing spectacle for yourself, come on down and greet the riders to Grinnell.

 Family activities: The Family Fun Center on the Grinnell College Campus will provide many activities from 2 – 5 pm. More activities will occur at the Grinnell Arts Center from 11 am to 7 pm in downtown Grinnell, including bike decorating, face painting, tattoos, and more.

 Music: The music starts at 2:30 pm in Central Park with folk and latin bands, then moves to the Mainstage at 4th and Main, with a lineup that includes Route 66 and Standing Hampton – plus an extensive laser show at 9:45 pm.

 Food and Refreshments: The Beverage Garden is open from 4 pm to midnight, serving Miller and Coors, Madhouse microbrews, craft beers including Blue Moon and Fat Tire and more. Food vendors will be providing a variety of meals downtown and at the high school, college, and Ahrens Park campgrounds. Grinnell’s many restaurants and bars will also be open. If you see hungry people, make sure to let them know that unlike many RAGBRAI towns, we have vendors and restaurants all throughout town (the full listing is in their informational tabloid).

 Parade: A parade of decorated bikes starts at 6 pm from Main Street and 6th. Here’s another chance for young people to bring their bikes and be part of the fun.

 Movies and more: Movies will show at the Strand triplex theater in downtown Grinnell from 2 pm to midnight. Tiny Circus’s animation show starts at 9:15 pm in the Presbyterian parking lot, and cartoons will be screened outside of Burling Library on the Grinnell College campus.

 Swimming: The Grinnell Family Aquatic Center will be open from noon to 7:30 pm.

 Exit from the city: There will be a community ‘send-off’ starting at 6 am on Friday, July 29th, along Highway 6 East. If you’re an early riser, come join the fun to say goodbye as the cyclists head off to the next town.

About Grinnell

Grinnell is the July 28th stop of this year’s RAGBRAI® bicycle ride across Iowa. With nationally-ranked Grinnell College, numerous parks, restaurants, shops, galleries, and the world-famous Louis Sullivan ‘Jewel Box’ bank building, Grinnell is truly the “Jewel of the Prairie.” To learn more about experiencing RAGBRAI in Grinnell, go to: GrinnellRAGBRAI ( To discover more about Grinnell, go to: Get Into Grinnell (



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