By JB Clark
TUPELO – Close to 100 motorcycles roared out of Fairpark Saturday morning for the Ride with the King poker run, kicking off the second day of the Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel festivities.
The motorcycle ride, which raised money for the Yocona Area Council Boy Scouts of America, had riders pull out in all directions, heading toward the event’s 13 sponsors.
Each sponsor stamped the rider’s poker sheet and the rider with the winning hand got a $100 cash prize.
Jimmy Dozier and Shanda Millican, both of Tupelo, said the poker run was the first big ride of the year for them.
“It’s just good therapy for us and it’s for a great cause – the Boy Scouts,” Dozier said. “In this economy they need everything they can get and it really gives good morals to the boys.”
Millican said she also enjoys seeing everyone from the city get out and have a good time together, “It’s good for the city, too, and it’s fun.” They rode a Harley Davidson Street Glide.
Pete Nielson, of Pontotoc, said he enjoys a chance to show off his trike and support a good cause.
“I’m here to support the Boy Scouts for one thing,” he said. “And I just love riding in the second place – and showing off my pretty unique trike.”
He road a bright yellow Yamaha motorcycle fused with the back side of a Volkswagen frame.
Riders began pulling out around 10 a.m. and were back by 1 p.m. to judge their poker hands and enjoy barbecue.