RAGBRAI brought a cornucopia of people from all over the state of Iowa to Clutier last Thursday, as riders stopped to enjoy some of the local cuisine and enjoy an array of activities.
Czech Point had a beer tent set up, which drew good reviews from many of the riders looking for a cold drink on their way through. There was also a DJ, Tama County Pork Queen and all the Czech food you can eat.
Kolaches were a big part of the day, along with pork sandwiches. Clutier Mayor Ardene Cross was pleased with this year's turnout and the way the town came out to support the event.
Riders from across the state of Iowa were out in full force despite the hot conditions and scattered storms last week. Following a bit of a rainout the night before in Marshalltown, the riders passed through area towns on their way to Cedar Rapids last Thursday. Above, riders roll into downtown Garrison, east of Dysart. Below left, many riders took advantage of the beer tent at Czech Point in Clutier. Below, the riders take advantage of gravity and coast down a hill while leaving Clutier in the afternoon.
"There was a very nice selection of foods for the riders to choose from, and they really liked the layout as several of them commented on that," Cross said. "They enjoyed the fact that they could walk down the street and there was something on each side to do."
The check-out time for riders to leave Clutier was 1 p.m., but many lingered on past that point. Downtown was still bustling well into the afternoon as stragglers came in and spent time enjoying all the goings-on.
Following their stop in Clutier, the riders headed east out of town and on to Garrison, where they were greeted with more fun activities and good food.
If this year is any indication, the future chances of RAGBRAI returning to Clutier look bright.