|Getting ready for BRAN: Riders arrive in four weeks|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 07 May 2015 21:04|
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
Things are falling into place for BRAN (Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska) 35, which will take off from Wauneta on Sunday, June 7. But, there’s still a lot to be done.
One of the biggest things to get in line for BRAN is lining up volunteers, according to Wauneta’s BRAN committee chairperson Joey Large. There are several jobs to be done as BRAN approaches, while the riders are in town and after they leave.
Large said he needs a minimum of 30 volunteers to step forward to help with various tasks. Volunteer help is needed to:
• Unload a semi cargo truck full of bikes, tents and luggage on Saturday, June 6 and then help load them again on Sunday morning, June 7.
• Help bikers get their gear from their busses and vehicles to the camp site.
• Unbox over 300 bikes that will come to Wauneta in boxes and then load the cardboard into a truck that will be taken to the recycling facility in Imperial.
• Unload two trailer loads of tables and chairs from two trailers, set them up on Tecumseh for the Saturday evening meal, tear them down after the meal and then set them up again Sunday morning for breakfast.
• Direct traffic Saturday afternoon and monitor the temporary parking and week-long parking areas.
• Help Village staff monitor dumpsters and trash containers.
• Assist the school in overseeing the school facilities.
• Serve as hosts and hand out promotional bags to BRAN riders.
Food court on Tecumseh Saturday evening
One of the biggest features of Wauneta’s plans for BRAN 35 is food. We’ll have between 600 and 1,000 people to feed the evening of Saturday, June 6 and again the morning of Sunday, June 7.
Four different organizations–Mercy Meals of Southwest Nebraska, the Lions Club, Bronco Boosters and the Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department–in addition to Wauneta Crossroads and Good Times Bar will be offering meals on the evening of Saturday, June 6.
Large plans to petition the village to ask that the north two blocks of Tecumseh be blocked off to allow for a “food court” on main street.
The meal offerings, with exception of Wauneta Crossroads, will all be located within the north two blocks of Tecumseh. Large plans to set up tables and chairs on main street to provide seating during the evening meal.
Sunday morning, riders may choose to eat breakfast in Wauneta, or stop along their route to Cambridge to eat breakfast.
As of now, two groups plan to provide meals in Wauneta–Wauneta Roller Mills and Mercy Meals of Southwest Nebraska. Mercy Meals will serve from the high school cafeteria and the Mills will serve from the Bus Barn.
The Palisade VFW Auxiliary Post #7028 will serve breakfast burritos along the highway at Palisade.
Other groups have expressed interest in providing snacks throughout the event. The Senior Center will also host a luncheon on Saturday for those who come to town early.
Plans being made for t-shirts to identify locals
Large said he has been working with Susan Todd of Susie’s Creative Stitches to create a t-shirt design that will help identify locals.
His idea is to have locals wear the t-shirts and include their names and the name of their business on the shirts so BRAN affiliates will know who to ask questions of while in town.
Todd said the design and pricing of the shirts is still in development and she hopes to have more information about the shirts available in next week’s Breeze.
Area businesses invited to submit items for bags
Area businesses and organizations are encouraged to provide promotional materials for the community promotion bags that will be given to registered BRAN riders.
The promotional bags will be red string backpacks with reflective strips. The committee’s goal is to have the bags “stuffed” with information about businesses from Wauneta, Palisade and Chase County. The goal of the bags is to encourage the riders and their families to make another trip back to our area.
Businesses and organizations are free to use their existing promotional items in the bags, or use their imaginations to create something specific for BRAN riders. The maximum size of the flyers or information sheets should be 8.5” x 11.” Small, light promotional items may also be included.
A quantity of 750 of each item will be needed for insertion in the bags.
The committee asks businesses or organizations to have their items for the bags delivered to Valley Bank and Trust by this Friday, May 8, if possible.
Those who would like to help offset the expenses surrounding Wauneta serving as a host of BRAN 35 may still send in donations.
Donations to help with BRAN expenses should be sent to Joey Large, Wauneta BRAN Chair at P.O. Box 511, Wauneta, NE 69045. Checks should be made payable to the “Village of Wauneta” and include a notation of “BRAN 35” on the check.