ARMA — Members of the Biking Across Kansas bike tour will be arriving in Arma Friday to a warm welcome from its residents.
“We are very excited to have them here,” Arma Library Director Brenda Banks said. “We’ve made a real effort to make this a big party.”
According to a release provided by Banks, Biking Across Kansas is a eight day bike tour across the state of Kansas. Participants start near the Colorado border and finish their ride in Fort Scott.
The group stays at small towns along their route. They chose Arma as the stopping place for their last night on the road, causing the residents to roll out the red carpet.
Residents and local businesses have decorated bikes and placed them around town for the riders to see. They have also arranged an evening of entertainment for the riders and locals alike.
“Everyone is invited, and everyone is excited,” said Banks. “After all who doesn’t like a good party?”
Events include a band downtown, food vendors, a Lego building challenge, and the library will be offering crafts.
The town will also be hosting horseshoe and bocce ball games. The Route 66 Cloggers will also make an appearance, and Kenny’s Hardware Store will offer french cookie lessons.
Riders in the bike tour will be staying overnight at the Arma High School. Rides will be provided to the cyclists to transport them around town.
“We’ve had an outpouring of help for this project,” Banks said. “Andrea Allen helped with our graphics, and Rachelle Mengarelli and her team decorated parts of the community.”
That support is heartening for Banks. She said she hopes this will bring the community together, and be good for the community.
“When you can bring people together to work for a common goal, that is always a good thing for the town.” she said
Local business owner Mitch Huddleston of M&M Tactical and GunSmithing agrees.
“This should be beneficial for the town,” Huddleston said. “I hope it brings in some new people. The town can be a little quiet sometimes.”
The events in Arma will kick off Friday with cyclists starting to arrive around 10 a.m., and events beginning at the library at 11 a.m. More information about Biking Across America can be found on their website, www.bak.org