The annual Septemberfest Motorcycle Poker Run is more than a fun day of riding.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Lawrence County Humane Society/Animal Shelter.

“It’s probably our biggest fund-raiser,” said Peggy Jordan, a board of directors member of the shelter. “This has become one of our main events.”

Held in conjunction with Septemberfest, the motorcycle run takes place Sunday starting at the Louisa Plaza at 10 in the morning.

Jordan said the shelter’s fund-raisers are critical in keeping it functioning.

“The county gives us $20,000 a year and that’s supposed to maintain employees, buy insurance and feed the animals,” she said. “We actually raise another $30,000 to $40,000 a year.”

The shelter takes in mainly cats and dogs, she said.

“I don’t think we have any other critters,” she said. “We get a lot of people reclaiming their stray animals.”

Jordan said the shelter’s other fund-raisers are a Pennies for Pets collection through the grade schools and a Shelter Shower where residents can bring in supplies.

“We take any kind of donations,” she said. “Anything from a box of tissue to a bottle of bleach. We’ll take anything that anyone cares to provide. It takes all kinds of things to make it work.”

The Poker Run isn’t a race, she said, but a leisurely ride through the county. There are several stops where participants pick up poker hands and the bikers who finish with the best hand at the finish line win prizes.

“This is our fourth Poker Run,” she said. “It has grown from 15 the first year to almost 100 last year. It’s really becoming a big deal. People seem to really like it. We have what they call a dry run and a lot of people appreciate that.”

Jordan would like to have more participation from bikers in Lawrence County.

“Believe it or not, we’ve had very few people come from Lawrence County and we have a lot of bikers here,” she said. “Most of our bikers have come from Ohio, West Virginia and Pike County.”

For more information about the Poke Run, call Ronnie or Catrina Hall at (606) 673-4993, 791-7498 or 624-5569. The event is sponsored by Mac Tools and Hole-In-The-Wall Flowers, Gifts and More.

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