|Welcome riders! BRAN starts Sunday|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 04 June 2015 21:29|
Saturday night the Wauneta-Palisade football field will look a little like this, a scene from BRAN’s start from Imperial in 2000. This year’s ride marks the 35th ride across Nebraska for the organization. (Imperial Republican File Photo)
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
Six months ago Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN) announced Wauneta as the beginning town on the BRAN 35 tour across Nebraska. The annual bike ride will begin this Sunday.
The ride draws bike riders from across the state and country as well as some international bike riders. The riders, whose average age is 50, will arrive in Wauneta the afternoon of Saturday, June 6 in preparation for the start of the 2015 BRAN on Sunday, June 7. Other stops included on the BRAN 35 tour include Cambridge, Eustis, Axtell, Clay Center, Wilber, Syracuse and Murray.
Approximately 460 bicycle riders, BRAN staff members and support individuals are expected to arrive in Wauneta. Volunteers and community groups have been preparing for their arrival since the December announcement.
In order to provide meals for Wauneta’s visitors, many local groups have stepped up to serve meals, which will serve as fundraisers for their organizations. Locals are also welcome to attend the meals and activities planned for BRAN guests.
The Wauneta Senior Center will be providing a noon meal for those who arrive early for BRAN, the public is also welcome. The menu will consist of pulled beef sandwiches, fixings and sides.
Wauneta Crossroads will also provide free pizza delivery to the corner of Shawnee Avenue and Vinita Street (near the school) between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. MT.
Saturday evening will see many different meals offered around town. The north two blocks of Tecumseh will be blocked off and will have tables and chairs set up for communal eating space. The Wauneta-Palisade Booster Club will offer smoked beef sandwiches on bakery buns from the Harchelroad’s building across from Valley Bank. The Lions Club will offer a baked potato bar from the Senior Center. The Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department and Wauneta EMS will serve hamburgers and cheeseburgers from the Fire Hall. Good Times Bar will have pork and brisket sandwiches and Mercy Meals of Southwest Nebraska will offer spaghetti and lasagna from the American Legion.
Saturday will also offer entertainment for village guests and residents alike. Locals are encouraged to get out and mingle with BRAN guests throughout their visit. In fact, a new category has been added to Champa Group’s photo contest held during Harvest Fest. Local photographers are encouraged to submit their best BRAN photos for the July contest.
There will be DJ music by Night Sounds at the BRAN campgrounds on the football and practice fields in the afternoon. Night Sounds will move to Tecumseh during the evening meal hours.
Night Sounds will also have a photo booth set up in the afternoon at the BRAN campgrounds. BRAN riders will be able to send no-cost “postcards from Wauneta” to their loved ones.
WP FFA will host a duck race Saturday as well. Tickets will be sold throughout the afternoon with a 6:30 p.m. MT race starting time.
Southwest Nebraska Entrepreneurs will have five to 10 vendors in town Saturday from 4-7 p.m. MT. Vendors will be in the Medical Clinic parking lot and on the sidewalks of Tecumseh. Additional vendors are welcome, contact Joey Large at 308-340-6847 for more details.
Those who would like to catch a movie will have two options to see Pitch Perfect 2 at the Chateau Theatre with show times at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. MT.
The Catholic and Methodist churches will also hold services Saturday evenings for riders and/or the public. The Catholic service is set to begin at 8:15 p.m. MT and the Methodist service at 8:30 p.m. MT.
BRAN riders and guests will head on to Cambridge Sunday morning. But, before they go they will have four options for breakfast in Wauneta and Palisade.
In Wauneta Mercy Meals of Southwest Nebraska will serve pancakes from the school cafeteria and Wauneta Roller Mills will serve pancakes from the WP Ag Shop.
If riders would rather get a little riding in before eating, they have two options in Palisade. Palisade Fire and Rescue will serve pancakes at the Palisade Fire Hall and the Palisade American Legion Auxiliary will serve breakfast burritos from the Palisade Legion Building.
See the full schedule of events below.