By Nancy McGill
Bowling enthusiasts will descend on Hebron for three weekends in a row as the Nebraska East State Finals are held this year at Blue Valley Bowl for the first time ever.
Two-member teams of parents and children will compete for first or second place scholarship winnings March 12-13, March 19-20 and April 2-3.
Blue Valley Bowl Proprietor Dale Klaumann is expecting 100 to 125 teams total from 11 cities over the three-weekend stretch.
Bowlers from as far away as Omaha, Holdrege and North Bend will be in Hebron, and that’s not all because the teams will draw extended family members as spectators.
On tournament days, bowlers take the lanes at 1 and 3 p.m. Blue Valley will open at 12 p.m. and stay open until 11 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays when league bowling begins. Blue Valley will have open bowling Friday and Saturday nights.
While Klaumann has never hosted a state tournament, he has opened his doors to district competition. The crowds are nothing new to Klaumann.
“We’re stocked up and ready to go,” he said.
He has notified the chamber of commerce and the motels, and is prepared to give his familiar spiel on what visitors to Hebron can do.
“I always tell them to go and see the covered porch swing. I always say that,” Klaumann, who will run the tournament with his family, Janice and David.
A couple of extra people will be needed to help, Klaumann said