Hundreds of Harley Davidson motorcycle riders will be rumbling into the eastern Nebraska community of Beatrice today.
A Harley owners group state association is holding what’s referred to as a mini-Sturgis gathering.
Gage County tourism director Jim Spangler says Harley owners from across Nebraska and from as far away as New Mexico will take part. Spangler says the activities include scheduled rides to various attractions across the region.
One ride will go to Brownville, another to the southern part of the state, and they’re all fewer than 250 miles and should take four or five hours.
Spangler says activities will be based at the Gage County Fairgrounds in Beatrice and they’ll includes a combination of off-bike and on-bike contests.
For example, a biker will try to push an empty barrel with the front wheel down a course and keep it between two lines.
Saturday’s events include a Harley Davidson parade through downtown Beatrice.
Spangler says the motorcycling events should provide a big boost to the local economy, for motels, restaurants and fueling stations. Last year, Kearney hosted the event.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice