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Z Tour: A ride for our future

Saturday event will help raise funds for Zearing Child Enrichment Center, and it will also be an opportunity to showcase our great county.

Bureau County is filled with a host of great events.

Once nice weather hits the area, one can find a host of activities, cultural events, sports and more nearly every weekend. If you’re looking for something to do, Bureau County truly has you covered.

One particular event that has clearly caught our attention is this weekend’s Z Tour, a fundraiser for Princeton’s Zearing Child Enrichment Center (ZCEC) serving children from throughout the county.

Driving up and down Princeton’s Main Street, it’s difficult to miss the colorful and eye-catching items that remind locals and encourage visitors to participate in this bike ride, which in the past six years, has already raised $108,000 for ZCEC.

As the seventh Z Tour hits Princeton today, Saturday, we’d like to welcome all of the expected 700 bike riders who will be hitting one of the courses.

Whether they choose a 10-mile jaunt or opt for something much longer like a 30-, 50-, 65- or 100-mile trek, we feel certain those participating in this event will not only enjoy all the provisions like entertainment, food and more created for riders and their families, but also find Princeton to be a progressive place steeped in tradition yet on a progressive path to tomorrow.

We hope all riders and their friends and families enjoy Bureau County, and we also have confidence those same participants will return to Princeton again and again — not to just experience this great Z Tour, but to also get to know the many facets of the area and the wonderful people who live, work and play here.

We’d like to encourage our guests this weekend to take in some of the sounds and sights of the area, like the Down on Main Street concert on Friday night, grabbing a bite to eat at one of our great restaurants, cooling off with a dip in our area pools, shopping at many of our local businesses, taking a relaxing walk in one of our scenic parks, and even attending church on Sunday morning.

We think you’re going to enjoy visiting the place we call home as much as we enjoy calling it our home.

According to supporters and organizers of the Z Tour, the economic impact of our guests’ visit to town is expected to pump in several thousand dollars into the local economy. That’s huge.

And while we appreciate every dollar spent, this editorial wouldn’t be complete without a huge pat on the back to the hundreds of volunteers who are helping to pull off this valuable event in a variety of ways.

But when it’s all said and done and Z Tour is finished for another year, what we must keep in mind are the children at the Zearing Child Enrichment Center who are the real winners in this effort.

Perhaps Z Tour Bike Ride Director Brian Church said it best: “Kids are 25 percent of our population, but they are 100 percent of our future.”

Welcome to Princeton Z Tour riders. We’re glad you’re here.

Bureau County Republican

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