MASON CITY, Iowa – Mason City and Forest City have been chosen as two of eight cities in north Iowa to serve as a host community for RAGBRAI 2014. The announcement was made Saturday night in Des Moines.
The “Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa” is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. This will be its 42nd year standing as the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.
Jodee O’Brien, the executive director of Main Street Mason City was at the announcement party on Saturday.
She said she was overwhelmed and surprised by the news, but mostly excited since this is something they’ve been working toward for a while.
Once the excitement wore off and reality started to sink in, O’Brien and the rest of the Mason City officials said they began to realized what a huge undertaking this will be and what this will mean for the community.
“It’s a huge undertaking for our whole community,” O’Brien said, “we know our residents and we know that everybody will come together and help us showcase our community and showcase out hospitality, and that takes everybody.”
They anticipate that the event will bring more than 15,000 people to the area and O’Brien says that an event like this has the potential to not only boost the city’s reputation and put the area on the map, but also provide a huge boost the economy in just one day.
The event takes place the last full week of July. Forest City is hosting on July 22nd and Mason City is hosting on July 23rd.