Wayne To Be Host Community During BRAN 37 “5 States, 5 Nations”

WAYNE – Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN) will be stopping in Wayne this summer, community members continue to come together on finalizing the events.

On Wednesday, June 7 up to 600 bicycle riders and their families, equaling close to 1,000 people will be in Wayne.

For the past few months a committee has met to discuss what events, accommodations and general information will take place during the 37th year of BRAN.

The riders and their companions will stay on the east side of town near by the Summer Sports Complex and Rugby fields.

As a community, Irene Fletcher said they want to provide the riders with a unique experience and give them a sense of our own community.

“We also are going to play up the 37th annual Chicken Show,” said Fletcher. “It happens to be the 37th annual BRAN Ride as well. So, those are some of the things that we will use to give our community its own identity as one of the host communities.”

The group went through the checklist during the meeting. As a community, Wayne is responsible for providing a place to sleep, food and other needs, but still need your help.

“We’re looking for groups or organizations that want to take advantage of this opportunity as a fundraiser to help us provide snacks and meals for the riders.”

Not just one group is responsible for feeding everyone.

Other needs include people who can serve as a taxi and have riders rent a room at your house, the group is calling it Bed-a-Biker Program.

For those who will be traveling through Wayne on Wednesday and Thursday, June 7 & 8, be cautious and look for bicycle riders and a higher traffic volume.

BRAN 37 “5 States, 5 Nations” starts Friday, June 2, overnighting in Falls City on Saturday, June 3. Other communities who will overnight include Auburn (June 4), Weeping Water (June 5), North Bend (June 6), Wayne (June 7), Wakefield (June 8), Winnebago (June 9) and ending in Tekamah (June 10).

Contact Irene Fletcher at 402-375-2240 or Lowell Johnson at 402-375-1733 for more information or follow BRAN 37 on Facebook. The group is open to the public and will meet again on Wednesday, April 19 at Noon in the back room of the Max.

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