SHELDON—Bruce Bruns is revved up for the annual Eagle Riders Aerie #2297 Poker Run on Saturday.
The poker run did take place last summer during the coronavirus pandemic and Bruns said there was a good turnout for it, but was not as big as there usually is.
Bruns, who is an Eagle Rider and is one of the event’s organizers, is expecting a bigger turnout this year, which would be nice since all of the proceeds for the poker run are donated to charities.
“We would like to see 70 to 80 people,” Bruns said. “It all depends on what is going on in the area and the weather. The Blue Finger run in April — it’s usually cold but it was warm this year — had over 100. We could have a big crowd.”
All vehicles are welcome for the poker run, not just motorcycles.
“Come and take a car or their rod or whatever they have,” Bruns said. “They can come and participate.”
The 120-mile ride starts at the Sheldon Eagles Club with sign up 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bruns will not release the route until Saturday’s ride.
“We will have maps printed out for everybody,” Bruns said. “It works out really well.”
But he does know the riders will return around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sheldon Eagles Club for the meal.
“We are going to have something like taverns and baked beans,” Bruns said. “Some of our people will stay back and cook that. We come back and draw our cards and we pay out like three places for the best hand of poker.”
There’s a $20 entry fee, which also covers the evening’s meal. Cash and checks are accepted and there is an ATM in the Eagles Club.
There also will be a raffle and door prizes.
“We also have a 50-50 raffle where they stretch their arm out and give you so many tickets,” Bruns said. “Sometimes we have some extra prizes if we can come up with them.”
He said the Eagles Riders have not picked out the charity it will donate to yet. In the past, they have donated to Love INC, the Boy Scouts of America, the Sheldon Police Department and other local charities.
“I don’t know what charity we are going for yet, we haven’t decided yet but we will donate money to a charity that we do,” Bruns said. “We donated for the police dog.”
For more information, contact the Eagles Club at 712-324-4531.