When it comes to tearing around in the bush on all-terrain vehicles for fun, a good cause and prizes, the Slave Lake Poker Run is getting to be an event of choice. You would just about have to conclude that by this year’s numbers.
For example: 160 riders at the June 10 event. Half of them were from outside the region, from 33 individual communities. They went on a challenging 25-kilometre trail through bush and muskeg on a trail improved by the Whitecap Motorsports Park Association (WMPA) detours and bridges). Also participating were members of St. Peter’s Ecumenical Church, who looked after registration, checkpoint procedures and foot-long hot dogs!
Riders picked up five cards along the route. Getting the top hand was Jesse Williams of Edmonton. He won an adventure tour, including a helicopter ride, a Hagglund ride, meals and a jet boat tour, courtesy of SK Trucking and Kropp Contracting.
Fred Wilson of Canyon Creek took second spot. He won a custom-made oak dart board, donated by Ry-True Ltd.
Third place went to Ryly Savage of Spruce Grove. He won a chainsaw package donated by Rusty Steve’s.
The fourth place prize was a chainsaw donated by Grizzly Ridge Honda – won by Paul DeMerchant of Slave Lake.
In fifth place was Ashley Doblanko of Spruce Grove. She won a lawnmower donated by Whitecap Rec.
The event took place south of Canyon Creek. The WMPA uses the event to raise money for its project of developing permanent trails and a staging facility.
1st place winner Jessie Williams (right) holds his list of prizes.
Riders having a swell time at the 2017 Slave Lake Poker Run.