They say it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to welcome 450+ visitors to your community during one weekend.
The population of Ord will temporarily grow the weekend of June 23 as we welcome cyclists participating in Tour de Nebraska’s 30th Anniversary Tour. Cyclists will be dining, shopping, and enjoying our community during their two-night stay. Volunteers are needed on Friday, June 23 to greet cyclists as they arrive in Bussell Park. Volunteers will provide the visitors with a welcome brochure, answer questions about our community and provide directions to their desired destination in town. To get involved with the welcome station, contact the Ord Area Chamber office at (308) 728-7875.
The welcoming hospitality, friendly service and memorable moments the cyclists experience in our community may help the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce win the $500 prize for the Best Host Community, which riders vote for at the conclusion of their tour.
Tour de Nebraska is not only engaging visitors in our area, there are many local businesses and civic organizations that are coming together to provide special offerings during Tour de Nebraska’s stay.
The Valley County Historical Society is hosting a Birthday Cake and Ice Cream Social on Friday, June 23 to celebrate Ord’s 136th Birthday, Tour de Nebraska’s 30th Anniversary and Nebraska’s 150th Anniversary. Local residents are invited to this celebration along with the cyclists.
The Friends of Fort Hartsuff are hosting a vintage baseball game at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park.
Youth groups and non-profits are hosting rest stops along TDN routes and businesses are making special accommodations for the TDN visitors.
In addition to Tour de Nebraska, there are also opportunities to get involved with Nebraska’s 150th Anniversary Mobile Children’s Museum that will be in Ord Friday, July 21 through Sunday, June 23. Volunteers are needed for various shifts throughout the weekend to help supervise various modules and activities associated with the museum. The mobile museum will offer a free activity for area families. You can learn more and take a virtual tour of the museum by visiting www/ne150.org/museum. Contact the Chamber office to learn how you can get involved with the museum during their visit to Ord.