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WEBSTER CITY, Iowa - On the third day of RAGBRAI, Webster City, a town of about 8,000 people is set to swell.

"We're probably going to have about 25,000 bike riders downtown,” said Kent Harfst, Assistant City Manager of Webster City.

Webster City is 20 miles down the road from the day two overnight stop Fort Dodge and the second pass through town riders will roll through that Tuesday.

The full RAGBRAI route was announced Saturday.

City leaders don't want just want to be a part of the route.

Their goal is to actually get people to stop and spend a little money, supporting local vendors and restaurants like the Seneca Street Saloon.

"I talk to my wife and people who work here and people who have rode RAGBRAI before trying to get an idea of what riders like,” said Larry Ross, owner of Seneca Street Saloon.

"We want people to have their breakfast here and instead of 15 minutes here, we want them to spend an hour or two here and leave with a good impression of our city," Harfst told Channel 13 News.

Webster City isn't a RAGBRAI rookie. The town was an overnight stop in 2012 and a pass through in 1995.

"We had a medieval thing then where we had lots of magicians and jugglers,” said Harfst.

The way Webster City will find a theme they hope will stop a few tires this year is anything but medieval.

City leaders will turn to twitter. The plan is to create a hashtag and have residents tweet their suggestions for making this year memorable.

Between now and March 31st, people can send suggestions by visiting

On April 10th, the hashtag will be released, and city leaders hope theme suggestions begin pouring in.

"A lot of communities have neat things. Some towns have done things like Mardi Gras,” said Harfst.

Of course in the eyes of a RAGBRAI rider, a pass through town is often only as good as the food and drinks it offers.

It may be March, but it’s never too early to start working on that menu.

"Everybody is going to try and make the best Bloody Mary,” said Ross.



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