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Chad Schaeffer,public works director in Algona, Iowa, attributes the success of the RAGBRAI event to planning and preparation. Photo: Greg Brown/Black Star

Right: Crowd control was a major factor for Algona, as more than 12,000 people descended on the town, tripling its size. For more information about the event, visit Photo: Greg Brown/Black Star

Left: The Algona public works department set up the Showmobile portable stage. Some streets were closed for the festivities, which required careful planning by the town's 150 committee members. Photo: Greg Brown/Black Star

The week-long Sturgis Motorcycle Rally—which takes place every August—attracts a crowd nearly 10 times the size of Sturgis, S.D. Photo: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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