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CR RAGBRAI workers make final preparations for overnight stop


Owner Steve Hess and his graphic design business are in a sprint to the finish line.

"Very busy, very late nights, early mornings," said Hess, co-owner of World Class Graphics and Displays in Cedar Rapids.

The company is designing and printing more than 500 signs, banners, and concrete displays for the city of Cedar Rapids, and doing it all in a matter of six days.

"We just like to give to the community, give back a little bit," Hess said.

The overnight stop in Cedar Rapids is the centerpiece of this year's RAGBRAI, with an estimated budget of $400,000  for the 40th anniversary celebration.

Cedar Rapids RAGBRAI committee members are taking the final days to make sure everything runs smoothly.

"It's everything from making sure there's enough bathrooms and showers at the campgrounds to things like barricades, do we have enough barricades to mark off all that street for the ride," said Cassie Willis, who serves on one of the Cedar Rapids RAGBRAI committees.

Workers will soon begin transforming the downtown into a large concert venue in preparation for headliner Counting Crows.

Parks will be turned into camping grounds, set to hold some 15,000 tents.

It's been 22 years since the city hosted the annual state ride.

City leaders say it will be an opportunity to show off the community- which has come a long way since 2008's historic flooding.

"This is our opportunity to show off how much progress we've made and how well we're doing in Cedar Rapids," Willis said.

You can find out more about the layout and entertainment in Cedar Rapids at its official RAGBRAI website:



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