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Starting tomorrow, a two-day charity fundraiser kicks off to benefit Brown County Good Samaritan Ministries. The event, the Heartland Poker Run and Car Show at Riverside Park, will see festivities begin tomorrow, running through Saturday night. The annual event is always an area favorite, and this year should prove to be just as exciting.
The poker run gets underway Friday evening at 6:00 PM, and is open to not just motorcyclists – as it has been in the past – but to all motorists. All participants will receive a map and instructions, along with coupons to Sonic for fries, drinks and cheeseburgers. There will be five stops along the course and the highest hand will win a trophy and an undisclosed prize. There is no limit to the number of hands participants can purchase and each hand only costs $5. Event organizer Donnie Seale said, “We go to our sponsors and set up in their parking lots. It just gets the cars out where they can be seen. It costs $5 a hand and the people in the vehicle can buy two or three. Some people buy five hands. For each entry, not each hand, gets a brownbag special from Sonic.”
Registration for the car show starts Saturday morning at 8:00 AM. Vintage and high-performance autos will be on display, and the show will also offer a burnout contest at 3:00 PM for anyone already registered in the show. Seale explained, “We have two categories, race car and street car, and the winners get a big trophy that we made, plus $100. We don’t give second place, we call it outstanding and they get $50 and a trophy.”
At 3:00 Saturday afternoon, there will be an awards presentation for vehicles in different categories – GM, Ford, import, Mustang and MOPAR. There will also be a $500 award for best in show.