LEON, Iowa- As the smallest over night town on RAGBRAI 2016. Population under 2,000. But the town’s small size is not stopping the Leon RAGBRAI Committee.
Kolton Hewlett, Shane Akers, and Ethan Pitt all grew up around Leon. Now the three are working with other volunteers to coordinate things like housing, food and entertainment for the 10-15 thousand RAGBRAI riders, and members of the support crews.
“Never in a million years did I think RAGBRAI would come to Leon,” said Hewlett. RAGBRAI is working with us, every two weeks they’re down here,they gave us a book,so they’re not going to let us fail.”
The task of getting volunteer commitments so far has gone well.
“The downfall of having a smaller community is you have less people, but at the same time people work together on a regular basis,” said Shane Akers, who is President of the Leon Chamber of Commerce. “It was a little overwhelming at first, not knowing what was going to take place but we seen this is an opportunity to showcase what we are and what we have here.”
“Its a fun event so that keeps us motivated, I love this community, so I would want the best,” said Pitt, who serves as Decatur County Economic Development Director. “We have an open storefront, a large open storefront, used to be an ALCO, so we’re looking to fill that building,” said Pitt. He also wants visitors to check out Leon’s downtown shops.