The annual Koyote Poker Run will be held this Saturday in Britt.

For the past 10 years, the Koyote Custom Poker Run has raised thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations.

And on Saturday, June 15, the 10th annual event will return in hopes of doing the same for the Ronald McDonald House.

“It’s just fun to put on and see everyone come together for a day and raise money for a good cause,” said Darin Carlson, one of the run’s organizers.

The run was started in memory of the late Jon Weiland, a motorcycle enthusiast who owned Koyote Custom Finishes in Britt, who died in 2009 in a vehicle crash.

For the tenth anniversary, organizers are encouraging anyone with any original pieces by Jon to bring them to the ride to be displayed before the ride on Main Street in Britt.

Have your original piece on Main Street from 9 a.m. until the riders leave town. Mojo Production will start the day off with music.

Proceeds from the run have been donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, a nonprofit organization that supports children and their families through various programs, for the past four years.

“There’s been a lot of local support because people have been touched by the Ronald McDonald House and used its services,” Carlson said.

Last year, about 200 motorcycles participated in the run and 250 poker hands were sold.

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The event, which starts and ends at Britt Bar & Grill, features a roughly 150-mile ride with stops at The Corner Bar-Belmond, Fuel-Clarion, Handlebar-Luverne, Double L-West Bend and Racers-Sexton.

To participate, riders are asked to pay a $20 entry fee, which gives them a poker card that they’ll collect stamps for at each of the stops.

Rider registration begins at 10 a.m. at Britt Bar & Grill, 130 Main Ave. N., with a rider prayer at 10:30 a.m. and a departure time around 11 a.m.

The run will conclude at Britt Bar & Grill with entertainment and the drawing of poker hands. The winning poker hands will receive cash prizes. Entertainment will be provided by Wolf Dogs Comedy.

The Koyote Custom Memorial Run is in large part made possible through the support of nearly 30 area sponsors, Carlson said.

“We can’t express enough thanks and gratitude to all our sponsors,” he said. “Without them, there’d be no reason to have the ride.”

Carlson said the event will take place rain or shine, and all vehicles are welcome to participate.

For more information, visit the Koyote Custom Poker Run Facebook page.

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Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.


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