RAGBRAI PIES: Fundraiser For Veterans

One of the communities along Tuesday’s RAGBRAI route is giving back to Iowa veterans.

“You go down these long curving hills and there’s these flags on either side.  It’s kind of touching,” says rider Mary Fridley of Hampton.

Three hundred American flags lined the route to Van Meter where the community rolled out the welcome wagon.

“Homemade apple pie right here guys,” says Dylan Steelman.

The 12-year-old called out to all the riders on their way through town.  On RAGBRAI, it’s never too early for pie.

“I think the only thing we’ve eaten today is pie,” says Bert Testa of Ankeny.

“I hope that we sell all of them.  We made 300 of them,” says Steelman.

The proceeds go to the American Legion’s new Veterans Reception Center.  The building is about 95% complete.  Volunteers are counting on the sales from RAGBRAI to help them catch up to the construction.

“We’re not quite at 95% for our fundraising.  I’d say we’re probably at 75%, but we knew that once we got the building up and people could see what we are doing, that the money would follow,” says Leslie Herman of Van Meter.

The American Legion Post 403 is hoping to have its grand opening this October.