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A benefit for a good cause

August 18, 2009 - Frank Robinson
I went on an interesting motorcycle poker run Sunday. They call it "the big one" and I can see why.

It's in honor of a man who died in 1991, Fred Perry. According to the handout, it began as an appreciation day. In 1991, the first Fred Perry Poker Run for Kids was held.

For those who don't know how a poker run works, I will explain. Riders follow a designated route with planned stops along the way. At each stop, the riders draw a card. At the end of the ride, the person with the best poker hand wins a prize.

The entry fee for this ride was $10 per rider. It began at Mike's Lounge in Austintown. It wound around south toward Lisbon, New Waterford, East Palestine then back around to Mike's Lounge. In all, it was about 70 miles and took about three hours.

Hundreds of motorcyclists took part. It was hot, but no one seemed to mind. There was plenty of food and activities. Most of the people were well behaved. I heard there were two bikes that got tangled up and wrecked.

I took a few photos, which accompany this blog. Take a look.


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