Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure
Bucyrus Hosts 2014 GOBA Riders
More than 1500 bicyclists took over Bucyrus on Friday, June 20 when the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure arrived at the Crawford County Fairgrounds.
GOBA Bucyrus volunteers were ready, greeting the bicyclists warmly and offering directions to food, showers, and floor sleeping. Our great volunteers even jumped in and set up a last minute shuttle route, ferrying riders and their gear to the YMCA, where Director Nate Smith was offering air-conditioned floor sleeping space and hot showers.
Local GOBA Food Coordinator Dick Gervais, with help from Larry West, transformed the New Barn into GOBA Food Court, where community churches and non-profit organizations offered a wide range of dining options throughout the day, including lots of Bucyrus bratwurst!
There was lots for our guests to do and see at the Fairgrounds, including the Antique Farm Machinery Museum (and homemade ice cream!), the Model Railroad Museum, a petting zoo with the alpacas from Grass Run Alpacas, a Storywalk from the Bucyrus Public Library, a Family Art Project with the Crawford County Arts Council, and yoga classes. Dave Miller was playing in the Food Court, and the strolling Turbo Accordions entertained with German music.
Colby Bright, from Ohio Specialty Services, planned and coordinated a shuttle route to transport the riders around town, with each of the four buses staffed with a local driver and a shuttle guide to make recommendations and point out attractions.
Shuttle riders were welcomed downtown by a great group of GOBA volunteers at the Mural Information tent, where they were treated to a talking tour of the Bucyrus murals, and given more suggestions about dining and shopping downtown.
Back at the Fairgrounds, the evening wrapped up with the traditional Friday night GOBA Song Contest and a concert from Cherry Blonde, organized by local GOBA Entertainment chair Shane Grove.
On Saturday morning, the sound of tent flap velcro could be heard as early as 4 am as the riders began to prepare for the last leg of their tour. The Bucyrus Tourism and Visitors Bureau and Chris Cakes served a pancake breakfast in the Food Court, and the Crawford County Young Professionals kept the Pelican House coffee pouring. Shuttles from the YMCA and the Fairgrounds floor sleeping barn ran in reverse, and the semis were loaded again. By 9 am, the foggy grounds were nearly deserted.
Hosting the GOBA riders was a huge undertaking for our community, and we could not have made it such a success without the help of an army of great volunteers, all of whom were eager and excited to show Bucyrus to our guests.
We'd like to thank them, as well as all of the great stores and restaurants in town who made the riders welcome, all of the churches and organizations who provided food at the Fairgrounds, our local safety and emergency services, the Crawford County Fair Board and Junior Fair Board, the groups who set up activities at the Fairgrounds, and all of the local businesses and attractions who adjusted their hours to make sure they were available to the riders.
GOBA Bucyrus 2014 - What a great time!
See more GOBA 2014 pictures in the GOBA Photo Gallery.