The Press Newspaper
Members of the Elmore Chamber of Commerce, civic organizations, and churches are already looking forward to the summer – June 21 and 22 in particular.
About 50 representatives of the groups met Monday in the Elmore Community Center to begin planning for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) 2009 tour, which will include a return visit to the Ottawa County village.
Bicyclists will be gathering June 20 in Norwalk, O. for the start of the tour. From there they will proceed the next day to Elmore – a ride of about 51 miles.
With the tour scheduled to spend two days in Elmore, village officials are encouraging organizations and churches to get involved and provide food, entertainment, and other activities for the riders.
When notified by GOBA organizers the tour would be returning to the village – Elmore was a stop for the annual event in 2005 – Mayor Lowell Krumnow called it “pretty exciting” for the town of 1,500 or so residents to be hosting 2,500 to 3,000 riders.
Riders will be camping at the Woodmore High School campus and are expected to enter the village on a recently completed stretch of the Northcoast Inland Trail that was dedicated in September.
Rick Claar, a village councilman who attended the meeting at the community center, said another planning session will be scheduled for groups that want to provide food for the riders.
The tour usually covers about 45-60 miles per day and draws riders from across the country. The riders bring their own camping gear and tour organizers provide trucks to transport the gear to the next host town.
From Elmore, the tour will proceed to Bowling Green, Defiance, and Fostoria before returning to Norwalk.
Winners of the “Dress the Dog Contest” included Elizabeth Koenig, Elmore, “Beach Dog,” first place; Kanna and Lukas Sasscer, Elmore , “Red White & Brew,” second place; Evan Palmer, Bettsville, “Hulk Hogan,” third place.
Sausage-Eating Contest winners included, Michael Bartley, Las Vegas, Nev., first place; Nate Eastering, Genoa, second place; John Allgood, Woodville, third place.
Sausage Toss Contest winners were Tanner Worosher and Erin Monday, Wauseon, first place; Kyle Linden and Alex Shaver, Wellington, second place; Dave DeChant, Cleveland and Brian Koenig, Elmore, third place.
The Elmore Historical Society and Tank’s organized the “Wurst Event of the Year.”
The historical society’s next meeting will be held Jan..18 at the Barn/Museum.