I want to echo the sentiments of State Rep. Mary Wolfe and Clinton Visitors Bureau Director Marsha Smith with respect to RAGBRAI.
Clinton as a community was at our best. Everyone worked together to make sure RAGBRAI participants had a warm welcome and were safely guided into Clinton. It was a privilege to welcome bicyclists at the dip spot and take their pictures. It was nice to hear all their positive comments about Clinton and the state of Iowa.
I felt fortunate to meet two men from Bangladesh who are bicycling across the United States to raise awareness about global warming. One gentleman was an engineer who had presented on plastic trash in the ocean for NOAA and the other was a correspondent for the United Nations General Assembly.
I was glad I could direct them to the local Travel Lodge and happy to hear they are being well received across the U.S.
RAGBRAI was truly a transformative experience for our community.
Another great event for city
Now that the 4th is in the past, I’d like to thank the sisters Emily and Erin for a great 4th of July, one that just kept getting better.
From the wonderful parade on they enabled a community to come together and maybe start something new. At the LumberKings game a big crowd ignored the heat and saw a big win by the team followed by one of the best fireworks displays ever.
As I watched, listening to the awesome patriotic music, cold beer in hand, I thought, what a perfect ending to the birthday of the greatest country on earth.
Thanks again, Emily and Erin, and all who had a hand in this celebration.