Today was the textile judging at the fair as well as the day that RAGBRAI went through our community on their way to the overnight stop in Mason City. I’m going to assume that many of you are not familiar with RAGBRAI. RAGBRAI stands for the Register’s Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, thus named by founders Donald Kaul and John Karras, editors at the Des Moines Register 49 years ago.
“RAGBRAI is more than just a bike ride, it is an epic 8 day rolling festival of bicycles, music, food, camaraderie and community. It is the oldest, largest and longest multi-day bicycle touring event in the world.” (Taken from online)
These three riders showed up at the fair today to see Blanche, a Britt resident.
The judging was taking place across the room and when I turned around and saw these guys I just knew I had to include their picture in the blog. The other 18,000 riders were elsewhere – ha!
On they rode to Mason City making today’s ride of 105 miles the longest of the week. Add 18,000 bike riders to any town’s population for an overnight stay and you’ve got controlled pandemonium and ….FUN!!!
After the quilt judging I went to see the poultry and rabbits. I saw three very large hens in a small square wire cage without enough room to turn around in much less get a drink, eat,or sleep. I couldn’t stand it so I left. On my way out of the building I did see a rooster alone in a much bigger cage, a small duck in a large cage, too. So how did he get so lucky?
I honestly don’t do well at the animal exhibits. They also bring in a tiger show that I refuse to look at! It’s all inhumane if you ask me – but of course, nobody gives a rip what I think so I just stay away.
Sewing squares together is always rewarding in my book.
I’ll close with another collection in a cupboard.