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Columbia Basin Cruisers make stop in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Columbia Basin Cruisers, an organization that's part of the Family Motor Coach Association, made a stop in Grandview this past weekend to tour the area.

According to cruiser Frank Ward, the group plans out of town excursions once a month from March through October. "We just ask our membership about (potential) rally (places)," he said. When members do speak up, they become the hosts, providing the schedule for that weekend.

This time, it was Mike and Pat Stegeman of Grandview that spoke up. While here, the group toured a hop ranch Saturday at Puterbaugh farms, visited the Puterbaugh's processing plant and tried various types of micro-brews.

Ward said when the group travels, between 15 and 20 motor coaches visit a location. He added that there are many different "cliques" when the group travels. When not taking in local sites, some members of the club will work on quilts together, or some visit local yard sales.

Saturday night marked the 300th rally of the Columbia Basin Cruisers, which is in its 11th year.

The group has traveled all over, to kite festivals, balloon rallies, and even the Deutschefest in Odessa.

"We just want to have a good time and have some fun," said member Paul Gustin.

To learn more abut the group, visit www.geocities.com/cbcers.

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