The local Winterset RAGBRAI committee has rescheduled their second town hall meeting to Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. on the south lawn of the Madison County Courthouse.  Everyone is invited to attend this informative meeting on the planning process.  Attendees can expect to hear an update on current plans, as well as have any questions answered. Winterset RAGBRAI T-shirts will also be available for purchase.

To stay up-to-date on all the latest Winterset RAGBRAI news, please visit the Winterset RAGBRAI website:, or follow us on social media: Facebook ( and Twitter (@win_ragbrai).

Frequently asked questions 

The news of Winterset being an overnight stop for RAGBRAI this July has peaked a lot of interest throughout town.  The local committee would like to get as much information out to the public as possible to help this be a successful event for everyone in the community.  Following is information pulled together by the committee on topics that have been asked about by other community members:

Q: What should Winterset expect as far as riders in town on July 22?

A: We are expecting 25,000 – 30,000 riders with most of them ex

pected to arrive between noon and 6 P.M. on July 22.

Q: What is the bike route into Winterset?

A: The bikers will be coming from Earlham to Winterset via Highway 92. They will travel east on Summit to 16th Avenue, where they will head north. They will then go east on Jefferson to the square where they will finish.

Q: What is the bike route out of Winterset?

A: Most of the bikers will start on the square at John Wayne Drive and head north out of town on Highway 169. They will then head east on Cumming Road.

Q: Will there be any road closures on the bike route?

A: While there will be road closures around town, the county and city will not be shutting down the bike routes. Please use caution in these areas. Law enforcement will be monitoring major intersections.

Q: What roads and alleys will be closed around town?

A: Preliminary street and alley closures to vehicles:

• 1st Avenue from Washington to Green Street

• John Wayne Drive from South Street to the alley south of Green

• 2nd Street from Court to Jefferson

• Jefferson from 2nd Avenue to 2nd Street

• Court from 2nd Avenue to 2nd Street

• Washington from 1st Avenue to 2nd Street

Alleys within the closed streets will also be closed to vehicles.

Q: With so many people in town, will I have any issues with service on my cell phone?

A: Yes, you could experience issues while our guests are in town. With so many cell phones being in the area, it will bog down the towers. We would encourage you to use a land line, when possible.

Q: What is the committee doing to help ensure public safety?

A: Public safety is a top concern of the committee. They will be running drills of all scenarios during June. They currently have plans in place for increased law enforcement presence, medical and first aid tents at the Fairgrounds and Monumental Park, storm shelters, and stage barriers.

Q: Where will all of these bikers and guest be staying?

A: The committee has designated the main campground to be at the Madison County Fairgrounds. The other official campgrounds include the city park, Madison County Historical Complex, schools and ball parks. We will have bikers all over town including residential yards, churches and any free space. If you have any free space in your house or in your yard and would be willing to host, please go to and fill out the host form. 

Q: What type of entertainment will be available?

A: Here Come the Mummies will be the main act for the evening along with IV Play and David Watson. The square will also have two beverage gardens and lawn games. All of the community is welcome. Bikers will also be able to take the Winning Winterset Landmark Loop to check out the city park, Cutler-Donahoe covered bridge, the Freedom Rock, and the John Wayne Birthplace Museum.

Q: Is there anything we can do as a community member now to help support the event?

A: The easiest way for community members to participate right now is to help by purchasing a Winterset RAGBRAI T-shirt. They are $20 and can be purchased on or at the Madison County Chamber office, Country Cutters or Village Bootery. They can be shipped or picked up. All proceeds go toward Winterset RAGBRAI events. 

You can also wear your T-shirt every Monday leading up to the event and receive a discount at over 20 businesses around town. You can check out all of the participating businesses by visiting the Winterset RAGBRAI webpage.

Q: Am I able to give a monetary donation?

A: Absolutely! You can become a sponsor of the event. These sponsorship levels range from $50-$5000. This is a great way to support your community. Sponsors will be listed on the website, signage around the event, all print material and will be announced at the finish line. They will also be a part of the special event Madisonian insert handed out in Atlantic, Earlham and Winterset.

Q: Can I help during the event?

A: Yes, the event will need between 500-600 volunteers. So we need all of the help we can get. We are looking for volunteers for the information booths, finish line, beverage gardens and more. You may register online at A volunteer meeting is planned for July 16.

Q: Where can I keep up-to-date on what is going on?

A: Check out the Winterset RAGBRAI site, for weekly news updates. You may follow the committee on Facebook (2019 Winterset RAGBRAI) and Twitter (@win_ragbrai). Be sure to also watch the local news outlets.

Thank you to the entire community for all of their support before and during the event. Without the help of the community, this event wouldn’t be possible. We look forward to showing all of our visitors what Winterset is really all about.

Variety of bands to perform

Left Is West is a rock band from the Des Moines area that is shaped around the work of singer/songwriter Chad O’Neall. In late 2018, the group released it’s third album, “How To Be Happy Without Even Trying”. This latest album marries the sonic power of classic guitar rock with a keen sense of song craft to create music that speaks to Foo Fighters and Aimee Mann fans.  

Based out of Mankato, Minn., IV Play performs a lot of shows in the upper Midwest, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota. IV Play can take you from the arena rock and hair metal of the 80s, to the down and dirty grunge rock of the 90s, to the hot pop and country hits of today! Oh yeah, and everywhere in-between! IV Play hopes you enjoy the show and looks forward to playing at their first RAGBRAI with the promise of having you singing and dancing to your favorite songs!

Making their first RAGBRAI appearance, Here Come the Mummies is a high energy eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave” is sure to get you into them! Since their discovery, HCTM has been direct support for P-Funk, Al Green, Mavis Staples, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Cheap Trick; rocked Super Bowl Village; become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show; played massive festivals like Summer Camp, Common Ground, Voodoo Fest, Musikfest, Suwannee Hulaween, and Riverbend; and sold tickets by the thousands across large swaths of North America.