Food Vendors

Food Vendors

Uptown Vendors

Americana Concessions

Giant tenderloins, foot-long corn dogs, burgers, hot dogs, smoothies

Amos Dean’s Catering

Brisket sandwich, pulled pork, kielbasa, chorizo dog, sweet corn, BLT

Amos Fresh Sweet Corn

Sweet corn, kinky spuds, nachos, Philly steak sandwich, turkey legs

 Cookie Dough’tique

Edible cookie dough

Denison Cub Scouts (Non-Profit)

Water and Gatorade

Eventide Senior Living (Non-Profit)

Watermelon and frozen chocolate covered bananas

Famous Dave’s BBQ

Ribs, nachos, rib tips, pork sandwich, brisket sandwich, coleslaw, beans

Grandpa’s Pumpkin Farm

Kettlecorn (plain & flavored). Fresh squeezed lemonade

Hog Stop BBQ          

Smoked brisket, pork, Cajun meatballs, mac & cheese, jambalaya

Hotsy Totsy

Loaded baked potato tots, brisket tots, truffle tots, breakfast skillet

Jose’s Tacos

Tacos, quesadillas, burros

Karam’s Mediterranean Grill

Gyros, falafel, nachos bbq chicken, stuffed burrito, baklava

Katy Bike Rental and Shuttle

Cycling apparel

Leaf Grill

Teriyaki chicken and hibachi beef

Los Primos Grill       

Fajitas, rice bowls, burritos, tacos, nachos, smoothies

New Life Christian Fellowship (Non-Profit)

Egg rolls, nacho grande, nacho, drinks

Pacific Rim Noodle House

Wok-fried veggies with noodles

Paty Healthy Food

Turkey or chicken tortilla wrap, vegetables, fruits, salads


Gyros, falafel, veggie curry, veggie rolls, seasoned fries, cheese sticks


Edible cookie dough, rolled ice cream, drinks

St. Rose of Lima School (Non-Profit)

Pizza (by slice or whole), drinks

The Outside Scoop

Artisan style ice cream, root beer floats

Tonik Cycling

Women’s cycling jersey’s, glass cycling art

Trinity Foundation (Non-Profit)

Water, Gatorade, dill pickles and bananas

United Pentecostal Church Rock of Salvation (Non-Profit)

Mexican tamales, rice, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, tacos al pastor


Around Town Vendors

Crawford Co Fair Association – Crawford County Fairgrounds (Non-Profit)

Steak sandwich, hamburger, pork tenderloins, sweet corn, wings, cheese balls

Crawford Co Pork Producers – Northside Recreation Fields (Non-Profit)

Pork burgers, loin sandwiches; Monday – Pancakes, sausage, fruit

Denison Senior Center – 201 South Main (Non-Profit)

Goulash, pie, cake, bars

First United Methodist Church – 113 S 14th Street (Non-Profit)

Spaghetti supper, garlic toast, homemade pies

Hy-Vee – 1426 Broadway


Iglesia Fuente de Vida / Mission Possible – Broadway Elementary School (Non-Profit)

Orange chicken, fried rice, crab rangoon

Joe’s Wet Shack – North side Recreation Fields

Shower and towel

Open Arms Preschool / Little Lambs – Our Savior, 500 N 24th Street (Non-Profit)

Spaghetti Supper

St. Rose of Lima Church – 916 2nd Ave S (Non-Profit)

Chicken and noodles dinner, Mexican (barbacoa), tortillas and rice

United Presbyterian Church – 205 N 24th Street (Non-Profit)

Roast pork dinner, scalloped potatoes, corn on the cob, pie

Zion Lutheran Church – 1004 1st Ave South (Non-Profit)

International rice bowls


There is an amazing entertainment lineup!  Hop on a shuttle bus and catch it all!

Main Stage by Court House

DJ Road Kill – Filling in the gaps between 3:00pm and 9:00pm

Omaha Street Percussion 3:00pm – 3:30pm

A collection of drummers coming together to create a visually appealing, highly energetic form of drumming, using only unorthodox forms of percussion.

 Bad Authority 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Influenced by bands such as KISS, Ted Nugent, and Motley Crue, Bad Authority is a local band out of Carroll and has recaptured the true spirit of rock n’ roll. With loud guitars, thundering drums, and high-energy stage antics, Bad Authority delivers a powerful and explosive show.  

Omaha Street Percussion 4:30pm – 5:00pm (in the bar area)

A collection of drummers coming together to create a visually appealing, highly energetic form of drumming, using only unorthodox forms of percussion.

The Confidentials 5:00pm – 6:30pm

 Their influences range from the rock steady groove of the English Beat to the funky rhythms of 70’s party bands like Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool and the Gang, and Heatwave. With a style reminiscent of the soulful ballads of Motown, infused with the crispness of the Tijuana Bass, they have been collecting fans across the country for well over 25 years. The band is comprised of 11 seasoned performers and fronted by the Spurgeon brothers, Stan and Steve, who are known for their funky, soulful and spirited performances.  The Confidentials also feature a power house 3 piece horn section and driving rhythm section. The playlist is an incredible list of tunes from today and yesterday and is combined with themes of celebration, family and unity.  Their ever-expanding flock of fans will testify: “Harmony is not just a musical concept – it’s a personal goal.”

Dueling Pianos 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Andy Anderson & Mike Leeds provide dueling piano entertainment which is very high-energy and family friendly.

As an audience-focused show, they encourage the crowds to sing and dance along to popular songs that everyone knows and loves. They specialize in Top 40 pop-rock hits, but will attempt any song you throw their way! This is not a show you attend to sit and watch — the audience is instantly a part of the entertainment and will be involved throughout the performance.

Johnny Holm Band 9:00pm – 11:30pm

Leader and front man of the most widely known and traveled band in America, Johnny Holm is the most entertaining entertainer performing today. The show is dedicated to the fans, and they do most of the entertaining. Mostly impromptu, the show moves with the speed of lightning and changes direction as soon as “the pied piper” notices a lag. “Never a dull moment” was never a more true description.

Fairgrounds Entertainment

Noon – DJ

The DeCoy’s – 1:00PM

With roots stretching from all across the country, the next big band to hit the pop/rock scene has finally come together in Des Moines, Iowa! Decoy’s limitless musical talent will take you on an amazing journey with spell-binding vocal melodies, solid groove rhythms and blues guitar leads cascading over top each instant classic song. Decoy creates its own unique sound from an eclectic mix of influences, building a live show that gets everyone in the audience dancing and singing along.

Casey Muessigmann – 3:00PM

Casey Muessigmann grew up in the small Midwest town of Spencer, Iowa. Getting his start in church and school choirs, he eventually expanded his horizons to local and state wide talent searches, including the Colegate Country Showdown, and an audition for American Idol in 2008. Deciding to take his music to the next level, he continued to hone his craft as a singer/songwriter, and in 2010 released his first album titled “Together We’ll Ride.” In 2012, Muessigmann participated in the open audition process for The Voice, Season 3. After battling through the early auditions, he won a slot in the Blind Auditions, and eventually turned the chairs of two judges, ultimately choosing to join Blake Shelton’s team. Since his elimination from the show, Muessigmann has used the entire experience as a springboard, continuing his writing and performing at several fairs, festivals, and casinos in the Midwest. His latest album, “Between the Rows,” was released in the spring of 2014, and is available for purchase on iTunes and other digital stores! Coming to a town near you, and leave a lasting impression!

Uptown Second Stage by United Bank Iowa

Polka Police 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Stupid awesome polka themed rockin’ parodies, covers and originals. If you seek truly unique entertainment for your next event, check out the Polka Police. Carrying on in the tradition of great musical performers such as Lawrence Welk and AC/ DC , the Polka Police duo performs an eclectic mix of humorous, high-energy rock and polka – pock or polk’n roll. Mixing whatever they can get their ears on to make a fun dance party out of any event.

Von Ketelsen 3:30pm – 4:15pm

Azteca Dancers 4:30pm – 5:15pm




Beer Gardens

Uptown Hours – 10:00am – 12:30am (Last call 12:15am)

$5 a ticket/$20 for a bundle of five tickets
One drink = One ticket

Beers: Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Busch Light, Goose Island IPA, 312 Urban Wheat Ale, EXILE (Ruthie), Shock Top

Fruit Options: Angry Orchard (Crisp Apple),

Seagram’s Escapes Jamaican Me Happy

Wine: Barefoot Rose & Sangria

Fairgrounds Beer Garden Hours – 10:00am – 9:00pm

Same beers as Uptown but in 12oz cans for $3


Volunteers are needed, literally by the hundreds to take care of our thousands of guests coming to town on July 22.  There is something for everyone to help out with.  Many hand make for light work.

CLICK HERE for a printable volunteer application.   

Here’s a handy list of all the ways you can help promote Denison.

Beverage Garden: Sell tickets, check I.D.s for age-restricted areas, apply wristbands, & serve beverages. Help needed setting up on Saturday, staffing the beverage garden on Sunday, and clean up Monday morning. Volunteers working in the beverage garden are required to attend a TIPS training to learn how to check I.D.s and identify warning signs of over indulgence of alcohol.

Budget: Assist in financial aspect of the event.

Campgrounds: Stake sites, direct riders and drivers in setting up, and patrol campground boundaries. After riders leave, remove stakes and signage and do a general cleanup of anything left in the campground areas.

Communications – Coordinates all communication during RAGBRAI. Will work closely with all committees, but especially Transportation, Information Center and Public Safety Committees.

Electrical: Assist in carrying out power needs for committees, vendors, and events for RAGBRAI

Entertainment & Special Events: Coordinate entertainment and special events to take place, from special rider involvement contests to bands during the RAGBRAI visit as well as any special events.

Food & Vendors: Coordinates all aspects of bringing in food and vendors working with such things as contracts. Fields requests from individuals and organizations that want to sell products and services.   This includes the distribution and sale of ice to the vendors, Beverage Garden, and possibly RAGBRAI participants. Works with RAGBRAI and local authorities to keep renegade vendors outside the community.

Hospitality: Place & remove signs, sell t-shirts, welcome riders, shake hands, & share your hospitality! Volunteers needed from mid-morning through evening on the day of RAGBRAI & again the day after cheering on riders as they leave town.

Housing Coordination: Recruit housing and assist in matching those offering and those seeking housing. Much of this will need to be done weeks prior to the actual event.

Information Center: A primary resource for riders as they seek information! Distribute maps, answer questions, provide directions, refer to services. Help needed setting up the Information Center the day before, staffing the booth all day & into the evening the day of RAGBRAI & the morning after for a short time. Volunteers also may need to attend a training session.

LAW ENFORCEMENT & MEDICAL: Professionally trained individuals names interested in assisting in these area will be forwarded to the committee chairpersons for possible recruitment .

Public Safety :Assist with traffic flow, by assisting in developing and publishing maps for both riders & vehicles, placement of barricades & signs, and possibly assisting Law Enforcement in directing traffic & other jobs keep everyone SAFE!

Publicity: Coordinates publicity prior to the event and works with media prior to and during the event. Four sub-groups work under the Publicity Committee: Signs, Marketing/Media, Maps and Speakers Bureau. Coordinates release of information to the media to generate local interest in hosting RAGBRAI. Oversees printing a tabloid as a hand out to riders (if needed ) Works closely with the Hospitality and Web & Social Media Committees.

Ride Right: Distribute posters throughout our community on bicycle safety during the months of May – July.   Travel the route 4 to 5 days in advance of the event to distribute flyers and note any roadway concerns, and will travel the route to the next overnight town on Tuesday to pick up route markers and any other signage.

Showers & Sanitation: Monitor and charge admission to showers at schools and at the Aquatic Fun Center. Also sets up and monitors receptacles for trash, recycling, and redemption throughout the day as necessary.

Transportation: Arranges transportation from campgrounds to entertainment, food service & showers. Coordinates use of golf carts & gators, sets up route schedules, recruits drivers and hostesses, secures parking areas. Shuttle service hosts are stationed at bus stops to answer questions, provide maps, &refer to activities in town.

Volunteer Coordination: Recruits & Coordinates volunteers to assist all areas both months prior and during the event.   Strives for total community involvement from kindergartners to people in nursing homes.

Web & Social Media: Manages RAGBRAI website and social media content before, during and after the event. Works with social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We might be biased but this is the best way anyone can possibly give back to their community.  It’s an honor and privilege to serve.


Denison, Iowa – With somewhere near 20,000 RAGBRAI-affiliated visitors expected to visit Denison on July 22nd, the RAGBRAI Denison housing committee is looking for volunteers to provide various space to riders during their visit.

CLICK HERE for the online form or CLICK HERE  for a printable form to volunteer to provide housing for RAGBRAI.

We need help from volunteer hosts who can provide parking for motor-homes, space for tents, bed or floor space, or bathroom facilities.

Hosts are only expected to provide a place for riders to rest their heads for the night. The space provided may be either inside or outside. Local housing volunteers are not required to entertain guests or provide them with amenities. Hosts are not required to transport or feed the riders.

RAGBRAI riders utilizing local housing would have the option of placing a portable restroom on the property, which would be obtained at the expense of the riders staying at the property.

Riders are expected to arrive in town beginning mid-afternoon on 07/22/2018. They would leave the following morning and be back on the road by 9 a.m. on 07/23/2018.

Sign up as soon as possible to provide various housing services. Visit the RAGBRAI Denison website housing information page at to fill out an online form  or printable form and submit it to the RAGBRI Denison Housing committee. Riders will begin making housing requests on May 1st, 2018.

For questions or additional information regarding housing or other RAGBRAI related topics visit or by e-mail at