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Motorcycle riders to roll for good cause

PERRY — More than 800 motorcycle riders are expected to roll the dice Saturday as part of an effort to raise funds for the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes.

All the proceeds from the Mo’skeeter Run at the Georgia Fairgrounds and Agricenter will benefit the youth homes for disadvantaged and at-risk children, Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. Ronnie Harlowe said.

This is the seventh annual poker run the sheriff’s office has held to benefit the youth residential care program, he said. The first run drew 112 riders.

“It keeps growing every year,” Harlowe said. “We just want people to come out and have a good time.”

For those who want to ride, there is a $25 entry fee that includes one hand, lunch and one raffle ticket for a custom motorcycle to be given away.

There will be 100-mile rides marked out across the state, including one that starts at the fairgrounds. All the rides converge at the fairgrounds. There are three stops in which riders will roll a handful of dice. The rider with the highest score takes the first place cash prize of $1,000. Second place is $300, third place $200 and worst hand wins $50.

Participants who want a chance at the cash prizes do not have to ride but may purchase an entry ticket at the event. Raffle tickets for the motorcycle drawing can be purchased for $3 each. In addition, motorcycle vendors will be on hand for the event.

Registration is at 9 a.m. The rain date is Sept. 12.

All riders are expected to reach the fairgrounds by 2 p.m. for the motorcycle raffle and the awarding of cash prizes. The event is expected to last two or three more hours after the cash prizes are awarded and the raffle takes place. More than $20,000 was raised for the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes from last year’s poker run, Harlowe said.

For more information, contact Harlowe at (478) 808-7984, Sgt. E.M. Quinones Jr. at (478) 808-8002 or the sheriff’s office at (478) 542-2125. For more information about Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes visit http://www.georgiasheriffs.org/Display.asp?Page=YouthHome on the web.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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