The Greater American Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Boat Poker Run will take place on A.F. Resevoir Thursday, July 4. The idea was brought fourth by Chamber Secretary Jackie Taylor, who said she was inspired by precedence and an evening of news.
“I saw something in the news one day about a boat poker run down in Florida; it was a really big deal down there and I said to myself why can’t we do something here with our reservoir? The chamber used to do a snowmobile poker run, but since we haven’t had much snow this sounded like a better event,” said Taylor.
Taylor said that participants will receive “a bag of goodies from sponsors.” This bag includes a variety of goods which vary from coupons to use at different vendors, mugs, and more. Prize money will be going to the winner of the boat poker run. Half of the money received from tickets sold at registration will be added to the grand prize given away at the end of the day.
Participants will travel from boat dock to boat dock collecting cards from chamber members at each stop. The participant with the best hand will win a cash award.
There are ways to increase the chances of winning by picking up to two draw cards by making qualifying purchases at local businesses open on the Fourth of July. Draw cards may be earned by making purchases of $10 or more at local businesses around Aberdeen and American Falls and bringing the receipts to any dock location on the boat poker run. To recieve both draw cards two purchases of $10 or more must be made at two seperate businesses.
“This helps your hand and businesses in town,” said Taylor.
Despite excitement from the community and businesses, Taylor said that water levels are a concern for the boat poker run.
However Chamber President Kurtis Workman explained that if there are any troubles with water the chamber will alert participants immediately.
“We are optimistic that we will have water at least at one dock. We will inform everyone that day of final pick up sites, and make adjustments accordingly,” said Workman.
The Poker Run is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entries must be purchased before 1 p.m. Registration is on Thursday, July 4, only.
The entries are $40 per participant. There may be multiple participants per boat. Launch fees are separate from entry costs.
Workman said the Chamber hopes for a great day and encourages safety on the water.
“We hope this is a fun event for everyone and so safety is the most important thing. The Boat Poker Run is not a race. It is a chance to spend the day on the water exploring the resevoir,” said Workman.
The first place winner will win $200 or more depending on the number of entries. Second place will receive a prize package from local merchants, third place will receive a Massacre Rocks night’s cabin stay camping package and the low card win will receive a Cactus Pete’s Room and Dinner package.
Prizes will be awarded at 5 p.m. at Willow Bay. Winners must be present to win prizes.
Taylor said this event will be fun for the whole family.
“We hope everyone will come out and enjoy a day on the water,” said Taylor.
For more information on the Boat Poker Run contact Kurtis Workman at 226-5294.