It’s a chance for area residents to drive an antique tractor for a good cause.
This is the seventh year for the Goldenrod Tractor Ride set for Sept. 30.
There’s still room for more tractors in an event that gives participants an opportunity to motor through the scenic countryside, enjoy the camaraderie of other drivers and help a local organization.
Funds raised from the 2017 event will benefit The Hope Center for Kids in Fremont.
Unlike past years, participants in this event will receive a goody bag. There will be a $25 donation for the ride with all proceeds going to Fremont’s Hope Center.
Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. that Saturday at Hansen Tire, 1590 Morningside Road in Fremont. Arrangements have been made for those who’d like to leave their tractor in Fremont the night before.
The Tractor Driver’s meeting will be at 8 a.m. that Saturday.
Tractors will leave at 8:30 a.m. The route is just shy of 60 miles. Plans are to go north out of Fremont, driving past a couple of nursing homes with the first break in the Fontanelle area.
The group will go south, while overlooking the Elkhorn River valley so participants can take in the colors of fall.
Lunch will be in Valley and will serve as a fundraiser for United Faith Community Church, 218 W. Gardiner St. There will be a $10 per-person donation.
Leaving Valley, the group will go past another couple of nursing homes, heading back toward Fremont. This time, participants will have an opportunity to see the Platte River countryside.
The event is open to people with any make and model of tractor, 1977 and older. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license. The tractors must be able to maintain a minimum speed of 13 miles per hour and have a clearly visible slow moving vehicle sign.
Only one person is allowed per tractor with the exception of a seat or setup designed for two people.
Tractors cannot pull campers, small carts or trailers. No duals allowed and all traffic laws will be enforced.
Drivers are urged to drive safely and to be alert at all times.
Participants are asked to preregister so organizers can make sure there are enough goody bags.
Past participants have enjoyed the event.
“It’s a whole different feeling going down the road at 13 mph. You pay more attention to what’s there. You see things that you don’t see when you’re driving down the road at 35 mph or 55 mph,” said Cheryl Ferguson, support staff.
Participants like the camaraderie of the event.
“There’s no lack of conversation when we stop for breaks and for lunch,” she said.
For more information or a registration form, call 402-720-9606 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2016, the tractor ride raised $620 for the local Hope Center.
The Hope Center provides social skills development, educational support, faith programs and sports and talent programs for youth in a safe environment. It has produced positive results.
“Kids are attending school more frequently,” Jason McGee, assistant director of the Hope Center, said earlier this year. “We’re seeing better grades, better behavioral outcomes. Kids are connecting to positive peer groups and great extracurricular activities.”
McGee said 176 children and youth were members of The Hope Center in Fremont in 2016. The center offers after-school programs on a year-round basis.
He also pointed out that The Hope Center is almost exclusively privately funded.
“We cannot operate without support from the community,” he said, adding that it depends on the heartfelt giving of individuals and businesses to ensure the kids have a Hope Center to attend year-round.
Many adults look forward to having a cold beer at the end of a long day of work, but not all enjoy – or are comfortable – with the typical bar setting.
During Tuesday evening’s Fremont City Council meeting, the Council recommended that the 1881 Pint Room be granted a Class ‘I’ liquor license from the state of Nebraska. The 1881 Pint Room, which will be located inside of the May Brothers building with the Milady Coffee House, got its name from the year the May Brothers Building was constructed, owner Glen Ellis said.
“The whole concept with the May Brothers Building is just to bring the community together,” Ellis said during a Tuesday interview with the Tribune. “And what better way to do it than over a hot cup of coffee or over a pint of local brew and local wine.”
Ellis was adamant that the Pint Room isn’t a bar, it won’t be open late and people won’t be allowed to consume in excess.
“We want people to come in and feel comfortable grabbing a pint and just having conversation and enjoying entertainment – that sort of thing,” he said.
The goal is to have at least eight different taps of Nebraska brews open during hours of operation, Ellis said. Following Council approval, the state will now have to issue the actual license, which could take several weeks.
The Class ‘I’ liquor license enables the selling of the local craft beers at the establishment.
Ellis said the plan is to have two to three seasonal beers on tap at all times and then a rotation of other beers on the remaining taps.
Moving forward, beer tasting nights will be scheduled for inside of the May Brothers Building.
“We want to bring in the brewers, maybe on a Saturday have them come in and talk to the people about their process and breweries,” Ellis said. “It’s very much going to be an interactive pint room where we encourage the breweries to come and be present in the building on a regular basis. And that’s something they love anyway, just showing off their product and talking about their beer.”