Off the Saddle
Pedal The Plains is more than a bicycle tour; it’s a traveling party packed with boot-stomp’n live music, Odell beer gardens, delicious locally sourced food, interactive educational exhibits and a touch of state fair fun. Swap your lycra for Levis and bike cleats for boots, because when the wheels stop rolling, the party gets going out on the Eastern Plains.
Each host community along this year’s route boasts unique food, entertainment and local flair. Single-day Century Riders and Family Fun Riders are encouraged to join the 3-Day Tour participants for Sterling’s Sugar Beet Days on Saturday.
While the event doesn’t officially start until the 18th, Julesburg has put together some PTP specials and entertainment for Thursday night! If you plan to arrive early check out the following attractions:
Hippodrome Arts Centre
4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. PTP Social, concessions and drink specials
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Potato bar
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Movie; Breaking Away
Platte Valley Inn
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $1.50 Bud Light draft & Broncos game w/ Bronco specials
Melody Lanes & Lounge
4:00 p.m. – End of Bronco game. Broncos Game, drink specials every quarter
9:30 p.m. – close Bowling -
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Happy Hour
You’ve Been Framed by Karen
10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Showcasing local photographer and book author, Max Carlson
Friday Morning: Eastern Plains Hospitality and Welcome – Julesburg, CO
The 3-Day ride will begin in Julesburg, the gateway to Colorado. Julesburg is the first town in the state greeting travelers heading west to the Rocky Mountains and will be the first host community to greet you before you embark on your 3-day cycling journey. Julesburg’s greatest asset is their people who are friendly and eager to be involved. This little town with a big heart will serve as both the start and finish line location for the 3-Day Tour. Local organizations will provide food and drinks to energize riders for the miles of wide open road ahead.
Julesburg will kick things off with entertainment at the start line, located at the Sedgwick County Courthouse. Cyclists will be sent on their way at 11:30 a.m., following the Opening Ceremony and National Anthem on the court house lawn.
Complete lineup of events will include:
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. FLoyd Christopher
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Larry Nix
Friday Afternoon – Evening: “Rodeo” – Holyoke, CO
Open to PTP registrants and the local communities!
Holyoke is located just a short 13 miles west of the Nebraska state line in Northeastern Colorado and is the ‘City of Pride and Progress’. The town is lined with local businesses offering a variety of options to those coming to shop or eat. Traveling to Holyoke will give you the sense of how much agriculture plays a role in the success of Holyoke and Phillips County as a whole.
Get acquainted with the Plains and have some fun at the Phillips County Fair Grounds after your short trip from Julesburg. Colorado’s very own bluegrass band and winners of the 2015 Rockygrass Band Competition, Rapidgrass Quintet, will perform right after Holyokes Ranch Rodeo!
Here is a complete schedule of events you won’t want to miss from 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:
2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Beer Garden
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Star 92.3 – Beer Garden
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Corn Hole & Ladder Ball Competitions
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Corn-shucking contest
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Top Hogs*
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Joe Hall and Friends; Bluegrass*
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Egg Races
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Phillips County Players**
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Limbo Contests
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Top Hogs*
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pie Eating Contest
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. VFW Post #6482 & American Legion Post #90 Presentation**
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Big Wheel Races
5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. PTP Check Presentations, Colorado Creative Industries and Passport Program Prize Drawing*
5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mascot Races – arena
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Ranch Rodeo – arena
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Rapidgrass Quintet*
** Beer Garden
Other local places you might want to check out while you’re in town include:
- Holyoke “Indoor” Municipal Swimming Pool – 248 E. Kellogg – Open 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Wine & Art On the Plains – Enchanted Moments Art & Photography – 221 N. Interocean Ave. To Register Call 970-580-6838 – Cost $35.00
- Phillips County Historical Museum – Where History Comes Alive! Located at the Corner of Hwy. 6 & S. Campbell – open Friday 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
- Peerless Theatre – 212 S. Interocean – Movie showing at 7:00 pm in the digital sound surround theatre. Concessions available.
- Heginbotham Library – 539 S. Baxter – Open Friday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm & Saturday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
- Prairie Winds Art Center – 443 S. Interocean – Open Friday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Saturday Afternoon – Evening: PTP Party & Festival – Sterling, CO
It will be a fantastic day of fun and festivities in Sterling, starting with your first step off your bike all the way through the final song from the entertainment stage. Downtown Sterling will be filled with a little something for everyone at the community’s 35th annual Sugar Beet Days Festival. Held at Sterling’s entertainment headquarters on the Logan County Courthouse Square, this event celebrates the local area’s agricultural history with tons of arts and craft vendors, food booths featuring local cuisine, all-day entertainment and, of course, plenty of cold Colorado Odell beverages! After dinner, it’s time to kick up your heels, under the star-filled northeastern sky, while enjoying great live music, from Colorado’s own…Flobots!
The Sugar Beet Days Festival will include:
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sugar Beet Days Festival
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sugar Beet demonstration
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Symbols*
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Conner Terrone
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Kiddie pedal tractor pull
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Key’s & D’s
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Beer Garden
11:00 a.m. Family Fun Ride Mass Start (corner of Main St. & 3rd St.)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Symbols*
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The 3D’s
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Northern Colorado Caledonia Pipe Band*
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Condors*
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Retro**
6:30 p.m. Passport Program Prize Drawing**
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PTP Check presentations & Colorado Creative Industries**
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Flobots**
Sunday Afternoon: Finish Line Picnic and Party – Julesburg, CO
After three days in the saddle, the smell of country cooking and the sight of refreshments and friendly faces cheering you on at the finish line in Julesburg will be a welcomed sight for cyclists. This finish line won’t disappoint, with live entertainment and a bike raffle to round out the weekend, participants will celebrate their journey with new friends, old friends and the excellent hospitality of Julesburg.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Beer Garden
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Aerialists
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. DJ Zak Kappius
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Games; corn hole, face painting, bounce house, Railroad Spike Drive & kids games
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mini Cheer Camp Performance
12:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Exit 125 Band
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Live Auction
2:30 p.m. Passport Program Prize Drawing
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PTP Closing Ceremony
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