On Saturday, Jan. 25th, the eight overnight towns will be announced for the 42ND edition of RAGBRAI.
Last year, Perry was one of the towns selected.
“It was mixed emotions. It was excitement. We were nervous. We had some veterans that made it easier for us. For the most part, we were floored. We were ready,” said Bob Wilson, director of the Perry Chamber of Commerce.
Wilson said he submitted paperwork for Perry to be considered an overnight city and booked hotel rooms.
After that, he didn’t hear from RAGBRAI officials again until the big announcement.
It took over 300 volunteers and the town’s RAGBRAI committee budgeted $117,000 dollars to host riders.
It is money that despite a rainy day, Wilson said was made back and then some.
“We were able to give about $14,000 dollars back to local entities through a grant program funding local projects, to our bike collective, to our local boy scouts, and everybody in between,” Wilson said.
The pass-through towns will be announced in early March.
RAGBRAI will run July 20th through July 26th.