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Photo tower needs sponsors

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Bikers will get an entirely new view of Custer in August with the addition of a photo tower, available during the Custer Cruisin’ Rally. Last week, the Custer Cruisin’ Committee discussed more about the photo tower, an old military aircraft lift that stands 10 feet in the air, which would be located on Main Street near the VFW with a marked-off area for bikers to pull in with their motorcycles. The lift can hold up to 500 pounds and has stairs and a handrail to take visitors to the top. The lift is not handicapped accessible. 
Custer Cruisin’ chairman Don Herren suggested adding banners with the Custer Cruisin’ logo to the tower and selling sponsorship spots on the banner to help pay for someone to watch over the tower. The banner would welcome bikers to Custer Cruisin’ and feature the group’s logo.
“I think we need to limit the hours of the tower to three or four hours a day and lock it up at night,” he said. “I also think we need someone to stand guard and make sure the weight limit is followed and make sure people are respectful.”
“If we get 2,000 bikes in town and get 50 people near that fixture, will there be traffic problems?” committee member Jim Understock asked.
“There’s an area down there on 7th Street near the VFW where bikes can be parked” said Rex Harris, community development director.

Bikers will get an entirely new view of Custer in August with the addition of a photo tower, available during the Custer Cruisin’ Rally. Last week, the Custer Cruisin’ Committee discussed more about the photo tower, an old military aircraft lift that stands 10 feet in the air, which would be located on Main Street near the VFW with a marked-off area for bikers to pull in with their motorcycles. The lift can hold up to 500 pounds and has stairs and a handrail to take visitors to the top. The lift is not handicapped accessible. 

Custer Cruisin’ chairman Don Herren suggested adding banners with the Custer Cruisin’ logo to the tower and selling sponsorship spots on the banner to help pay for someone to watch over the tower. The banner would welcome bikers to Custer Cruisin’ and feature the group’s logo.

“I think we need to limit the hours of the tower to three or four hours a day and lock it up at night,” he said. “I also think we need someone to stand guard and make sure the weight limit is followed and make sure people are respectful.”

“If we get 2,000 bikes in town and get 50 people near that fixture, will there be traffic problems?” committee member Jim Understock asked.

“There’s an area down there on 7th Street near the VFW where bikes can be parked” said Rex Harris, community development director.

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