Before the start of each year’s bike ride across Iowa, the host city’s streets fill with bikes, riders and vendors.

As the city of Council Bluffs moves toward welcoming an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 visitors for start of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, the committee is looking for more volunteers July 19, 20 and 21.

Currently, there are nearly 100 volunteers on board, but festivities call for about 250, said Warren Weber, head of the RAGBRAI volunteer committee.

More volunteers are needed in the Information Center answering questions about the area; in the campgrounds; in parking lots directing traffic, and in waste management and recycling before, during and after the expo.

“There are some areas where we don’t have enough volunteers or any at all, that’s where they are needed the most,” Weber said.

RAGBRAI festivities begin on Friday, July 19, as tourists pool into several campgrounds and designated areas near the Mid-America Center.

“On that Friday, some of the food and vendors will be setting up, but we need people to direct campers on where to go and where they are staying,” Weber said.

During the expo July 20, volunteers for waste management and recycling are responsible for cleaning up and keeping waste receptacles empty.

“Saturday is the big day with all of the people. The Register sold 10,000 passes to the bikers and they are also bringing family members and visitors; the total amount of people in town could be 20,000 to 30,000,” Weber said.

Throughout the weekend, volunteers are needed in the Information Center, waste management and recycling and parking lots.

“This is a free event with music, vendors and entertainment. We need as many volunteers as possible,” Weber said.

Volunteers can sign up online at bit.ly/2RQbjLH in the area they wish to volunteer. Open volunteer slots are listed on the website.

When signing up online, determine which time period on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will work best.

Select any options, enter contact information and T-shirt size and then submit.

Once enrolled, a member of the volunteer team selected will send updates about the progress and a more detailed look at the responsibilities.

“I know it’s a busy time of the year, but there are people from every state and from different countries coming here. They are excited about the ride and want to have fun. Being a volunteer is a way to be a good host and have some fun meeting people,” Weber said.

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