As anyone who has ever had anything to do with a RAGBRAI overnight stop in the past will tell you, 15-20,000 riders and other visitors always have a great thirst.
Enter Perry RAGBRAI Refreshment co-chairs Shawn Kenney and David Finneseth, who will be overseeing the massive beverage garden that will be set up in Pattee Park.
"We will be set up north of Harold Bailey Drive and the area will be marked off by 5,000 linear feet of snow fencing," Kenney said. "Thanks goes to the IDOT for providing the fence and to Rainbow International for hauling it to Perry for us."
Patrons can receive a pink or Caribbean blue wristband, which allows entrance into specific areas.
A family area will be set aside for those with the pink wristbands. They will have access to front row bleacher seating for the concerts which begin at 5 p.m. Soft drinks and bottled water will be offered in the family area.
Controlled entrance into the over-21 area will assure that only those wearing Caribbean blue wristbands will be able to enjoy the adult beverages that will be offered.
"Doll Distributing of West Des Moines is bringing up a refrigerated truck and Orschlen’s is letting us use horse troughs to put the beer and ice in," Kenney said. "We have been told to expect 13-17,000 people between the family and adult areas."
Kenney said the committee ordered 30,000 beers in six varities: Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Shock Top, Stella Artois and Strawberrita. All will be served in 16 oz. cans save Strawberrita, which comes in a 12 oz. can.
The beverage garden will begin serving at 4 p.m. and will remain open until midnight, with "last call" at 11:30 p.m.
Drink tickets are $5, with a five-ticket package available for $20. No bikes, pets or outside drinks or coolers will be allowed and all bags will be checked.