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Smallest RAGBRAI-Bound Town Ready for the Spotlight

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LEON, Iowa -- RAGBRAI is taking a southern route this year with an overnight stop planned in the small town of Leon in Decatur County.

The central downtown area will welcome RAGBRAI riders on July 23.

“Never in a million years did I think RAGBRAI would come to Leon,” said Kolton Hewlett, of the RAGBRAI committee.

Leon is the smallest overnight town this year with a population of just under 2,000.

“It was overwhelming at first, but this is an opportunity to show our community,” said Shane Akers, also on the RAGBRAI committee.

A committee of young businessmen has been working to pull everything together. The first task is to pull together the volunteers.

“The downfall of having a smaller community is you have less people, but at the same time people work together on a regular basis,” Akers said.

For the Decatur County Economic Development director, it’s a chance to showcase the town to thousands of people from all over.

“We have an open storefront. We also want them to see our shops,” said Ethan Pitt.

Pitt says his hometown is a good place to be, and he is excited for the town of Leon to welcome thousands of visitors.

Leon is the third overnight town, marking roughly the halfway point of the trip.

Ragbrai route

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