SIDNEY, Neb. – The Nebraska 150 Express Tour, featuring Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore, made a stop at Hickory Square in Sidney Saturday afternoon.
Sidney Mayor Joe Arterburn introduced the governor to an enthusiastic crowd, who enjoyed a free lunch, a mini car show and received information about the upcoming solar eclipse on Aug. 21. The event proceeds Sidney’s 150th town celebration on Aug. 19-20.
The NE 150 Express Tour has been a great chance to celebrate the state and they have had wonderful receptions in Columbus, North Platte, Ogallala and Sidney, according to Gov. Ricketts.
“Well, really what we’re really talking about is this is our state’s 150th anniversary and it’s a great opportunity to reflect upon on our heroes that have helped make this a great state and all our great people, and the fantastic future that we’ve got ahead of us.”
Joining Ricketts during the stop in Sidney was Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz and University of Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie Green.
The 40th governor of Nebraska says celebrating the state’s 150th anniversary during his tenure has been a blessing and an honor.
“We’ve had so many neat things. The chance to, for example, ride on this heritage train, to get to go to all these communities and help celebrate. All the other events we’ve had, like ‘Now You Know Nebraska,’ all the different videos. I’ve got the chance to be a part of that, it’s really been very cool.”
Sidney was the fourth of seven stops during the NE 150 Express Tour. The three-day trip across the state began Friday and will continue to Gering, Kearney and Grand Island through the weekend.