For the fourth time, Ringsted residents are gearing up for the annual RAGBRAI bike ride across Iowa.
Cyclists from across Iowa, the US and the world will descend upon the community that's going all out with a big Danish Velkommen. RAGBRAI previously came to the community in 1982, 1996 and 2005.
At a community meeting Monday night, planners discussed some of the finishing touches.
Local vendors include:
n United Lutheran Church - cinnamon rolls, rollepose sandwiches, aebleskiver and vinnebrod.
n Presbyterian Church - fruit turnover, banana, Powerade and kringla.
n Nielsen - breakfast sandwich, energy bites, protein drinks and barbecue sandwich.
n Renata Moore - cookies and water.
n 3 Gs - breakfast burritos and breakfast bowls, juice and coffee and special drinks (bloody Mary, screwdrivers and Mimosa).
n Firemen and 4-H - pancakes and sausages, juice and coffee.
n Community group - pies, pies and more pies with ice cream while it lasts, biscuits and gravy, bananas, kringla, coffee, juice and milk.
n Emmet County Cattlemen (Jeff Ulrich and Gary Eckelberg) - ribeye steak sandwich, monster cookie, Gatorade and water.
n Backpocket Beer Gardens - largest brewery in Iowa.
n Glenn Henriksen & "Galaxy" in the park.
n Heart Song at United Lutheran Church.
n Wheels of Progress tractor display at StateLine Coop.
n Local vocalists in the park.
n Kiss the pig in the park.
n North Union School art show in the library.
n Special photo opportunities around town.
This year's RAGBRAI will cross northerly Iowa, stopping in Rock Valley, Okoboji, Emmetsburg, Forest City, Mason City, Waverly, Independence and Guttenburg.
Following is information Ringsted is putting out about RAGBRAI:
"Ringsted, Iowa incorporated April 6, 1899, is located in Denmark Township in the southeast corner of Emmet County. Four hundred twenty-two residents call Ringsted home. Ringsted is proud of its Danish heritage and is well known for its friendliness. In 1885, John Larsen was given the privilege of naming the first post office and called it Ringsted, after the town in Denmark from which his wife came. These cities with the same name are the only two Ringsteds in the world. Ringsted, Iowa and Ringsted, Denmark maintain close ties and heartily welcome visitors from each other's homeland. Ringsted annually celebrates its heritage during the third weekend in June with "Danish Festival Days." Area residents and visitors enjoy many festival activities centered around the Danish theme. Ringsted has hosted RAGBRAI previously in 1982, 1996 and 2005."