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Manchester preps for RAGBRAI riders

MANCHESTER (KWWL) -- Less than 12 hours before 20,000 bikers role through Manchester there was plenty of work to be done. It was business as usual along main street in Manchester Thursday afternoon. Cars rolling through town, signs going up and sculptures on every corner, reminding everyone what's to come.

"Today we're putting stuff together for us so it's handy, it's out of the way but it's handy," Chamber Executive Director, Jack Klaus said.

It's been 11 years since this town played host to RAGBRAI. Klaus says after record flooding just a week ago, this is an opportunity to take a break and celebrate.

"I think the whole thing is great. I think what they'll do for the economy is good. I think the excitement they'll bring to town is good. I think the chance to showcase our community is good," Klaus said.

Thursday crews were placing Porta Potties around the city and campgrounds prepping for riders.

David Hatch remembers when RAGBRAI came through eleven years ago. He says it's the boost the town needs after last week.

"We couldn't sell things fast enough when they came downtown," Hatch said.

Come Friday morning everyone will see a different set of wheels rolling through town.

"When there coming through we want them to leave Manchester thinking 'man that was a nice community. They work together they have a good time and threw a good party for us. So that's our goal," Klaus said.

With a slight chance of severe weather Friday, Delaware County Emergency Management says they have a plan in place should severe weather strike this stop, although they're hoping and praying that doesn't happen. In the meantime it will be an early morning for volunteers. Some starting as early as 5:30 Friday.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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