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8th annual Polar Bear Tank Race planned


MULLEN, Neb. – The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway will hold the 8th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race on March 6-7 on the Middle Loup River north of Mullen.

Teams of at least four members race down the river in metal stock tanks with winning teams determined by time. The event kicks off on Friday evening with team registration and a soup cook-off. Soup entries from communities along the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway are taste-tested by tank racers and winners selected in the categories of taste, theme and decorations.

Tank race teams meet for breakfast on Saturday morning and load buses to be transported to the river where they are launched in a staggered order. For those teams wishing to enjoy a relaxing float down the river, a non-competitive category is also available. A prime rib awards banquet will be held Saturday evening to conclude the event.

For more information and registration forms, contact event organizer Mitch Glidden at (308) 546-2206 or online at


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