Mayor’s Welcome

On behalf of the citizens of Creston, I am pleased to welcome RAGBRAI back to Creston and to Union County, Iowa.  Nineteen years is way too long between visits.

Creston began as a railroad town, built on the summit of the southern Iowa’s high prairie, where the B & M survey crews pitched camp one night in 1868.  This “Crest” was the high point between the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The community that quickly grew on this crest was aptly names Creston.

The Restored Depot in Uptown Creston, takes you back to days gone by.  The community, of almost 8000 people, and growing, has moved far beyond an agricultural and railroad town.  Today Creston serves the regional center for business, education, medicine, industry and recreation for a large portion of south central and southwest Iowa.  We are the largest community in SW Iowa behind only Des Moines and Council Bluffs.  Creston is the county seat of Union County.

It is my hope that you will find Creston a great stop on your RAGBRAI journey.

Again, I welcome you to our great community. The citizens of Creston are proud of their community and look forward to sharing it with you.

~ Gary Lybarger, Creston Mayor


Creston RAGBRAI Sponsors


Greater Regional Medical


First National

Iowa State Savings

Garden &

Pokorny BP & Automotive Service

Precision Optical

Stalker Chevrolet Inc. -

Creston Publishing

Tyler Insurance Services,

Creston Automotive -


AgriVision Equipment Group, LLC –

Calhoun-Burns and Associates,

Clapsaddle-Garber Associates, Inc. -

Crop Production Services -

Dr. Ralston – Greater Regional Medical

Farmers Cooperative

Great Western Bank -

Maple Street Memories and Trophy Shop -

Oetken Office Machines -


Veenstra & Kimm

Wilbur-Ellis Corporate -


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2016 Ragbrai mission statement.

“Creston will treat our visitors as guests and provide them with a memorable experience.”