BEATRICE – With over 18-thousand pounds of popcorn and funds raised for 66 non-profit organizations…. a downtown popcorn stand in Beatrice celebrated five years at the corner of 5th and Court, Thursday night.
Traubel’s Popcorn stand is a replica of the original stand that graced the downtown decades ago. The original is now housed at the Gage County Museum. The replica, built by a local manufacturer, now makes its own history.
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Deb Fiedler is President of Community Possibilities, which coordinates operation of the stand.
Thursday night there were kids’ games, cornhole, a local band and Julie’s Hotdog Stand serving downtown, as Traubel’s Popcorn stand celebrated its fifth anniversary. Fiedler says the stand draws a lot of interest from tourists.
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Visitors are also directed to the museum to learn about the original popcorn stand.
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A few organizations are regulars, helping fill empty slots during the week so the stand can remain open on a Monday through Saturday schedule.
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Fiedler says the stand is holding up well. Community Possibilities recently completed replacing the air conditioning and heating units. Seventy percent of the funds raised through popcorn and carmel corn sales goes to the organizations that volunteer to run it. Community Possibilities keeps the remaining 30-percent, to keep the stand going.