Vermillion ready to welcome Tour de Kota

Vermillion ready to welcome Tour de Kota
Approximately 400 bikers participating in the Argus Leader's second annual Tour de Kota will be in Vermillion from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 11.

Paula Keller is hoping a strong contingent of the community's citizens will turn out to greet this unique group of travelers.

"This will be the Discovery Ride, which is the kick off to the Tour de Kota," she said, "and their first major stop will be here on Sunday."

Businesses will open and Main Street will be closed to automobile traffic so the bikers can enjoy downtown Vermillion.

"We're just trying to let the Tour de Kota know that we are so pleased that they chose Vermillion as their first stop," Keller, a member of the Downtown Vermillion Action Team, said. "There's going to be music playing, we have artists from the university who will do sketches and caricatures, and Aaron Packard will be there with his camera for those people who want to have their pictures taken with

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their bikes."

Local massage therapists will be on hand to help any bikers suffering from aches and pains that morning.

The Vermillion Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast at the Senior Center Sunday morning, and the Vermillion Jaycees will be selling pop and water in front of Heartland Home Care on Main Street.

Heart & Soul will be selling food and beverages and will provide free water, facilities for warm up, restrooms, a wash-up area and bike parking.

Market Street Cafe will serve their regular menu items, and the Coffee Street Gallery will offer brewed coffee, espresso, cold beverages, scones, muffins, sandwiches, and natural fruit and protein bars.

The Doo Wop Shake Shop will serve jet tea smoothies, Nathan's famous hot dogs, nachos, barbecued pork sandwiches and 30 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream.

Open Mike's will serve breakfast, and the Downtown Vermillion Action Team will be selling fresh fruit.

Parking will be available at CorTrust Bank, Bank of the West and First National Bank.

Portable restrooms will be available in the alley next to the Doo Wop Shake Shop. Public restrooms will also be open on Main Street just west of the Bank of the West.

Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital will man a table and offer sunscreen and insect repellent to visitors.

Tables and chairs will also be set up on Main Street to provide bikers a place to rest.

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