On Saturday, thousands of people will be on the riverfront in Muscatine as the RAGBRAI riders come to town. Ten to fifteen thousand riders will be looking to dip their tires in the Mighty Mississippi. Dave Riggan of TanTara Transportation is leading the volunteer effort to organize the riverfront dipping site. Riggan, along with volunteers Caleb Dieckman, Brent Phelps, Nate Carle, Kyle Bass, Rosie Austin, Cody Thorpe, Shawn Thornton, and Justin Coppinger from the Muscatine Riverhawks football team, will begin preparation on Friday night. “On Friday we will be down getting the riverfront ready for the vendors and support staff who come in and set up that night. Our job is to make sure they have power and get parked in the right spot.”
TanTara is also providing a flatbed trailer that will host DJ Tony Tone. “Hy-Vee, David’s Famous Custard, and Whitey’s Ice Cream are the food vendors that will be at the river. We also are there to make sure no unauthorized vendors attempt to park at the river.” Beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, no parking will be allowed at the Muscatine riverfront. Riggan said, “We also will be setting up the special PA system that Dave Morritz of Stanley Consultants has designed for the riverfront. That way, everyone can hear throughout the riverfront.”
As the riders arrive, they will enter the riverfront from Iowa Avenue and will be directed into a horseshoe pattern. This pattern is designed to maximize traffic flow and reduce the bottleneck. Riders will dip their tires in the river and then ride upstream and exit the riverfront via Cedar Street.