The bikers participating in the fourth annual Curtis Volunteer Fire Department Poker Run leave Curtis for their many stops on the way. They ended up back in Curtis for a free will donation supper and prizes. Photo by Tori Willis
The fourth annual Curtis Volunteer Fire Department Poker Run was held Saturday with 23 bikes taking part. Included in the total were four women riders with their own bikes.
The riders departed Curtis at 10:30 AM and hit five stops along the way, gathering playing cards at each stop.
The Poker Run is a fund raiser for the Curtis Volunteer Fire Department Equipment Fund. According to Fire Chief Bob Merrigan, the event raised $3140.00.
The run made its way from Curtis to North Platte. Then on to Paxton, Lake McConaughy, Grant, and then the final stop at the Yellow Rose in Curtis.
Those participating in the poker hand got a single playing card at each location, and with their five cards played a hand of poker.
The winner of the poker hand was Stephanie Allen from Culbertson.
After hitting all the stops the bikers ended up at Yellow Rose in Curtis. There were door prizes, 50/50 raffle and a free will donation supper and a few items were auctioned off. Christine Herrick of the Yellow Rose supplied the main course while the firefighters’ wives supplied the side dishes.
This year, the poker run was opened up to cars. There was one car that participated.
“Though it was hot we all had a great time and raised a decent amount of money. It was a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new friends while raising money for a good cause,” said Sabrina Nichelson who was one of the organizers of the event.