River Rats Poker Rally goes July 13, 14

When it comes the B.C. Peace Country River Rats and boating enthusiasts in the Peace Region, there’s no event quite like the annual Poker Rally. The 2018 River Rats Poker Rally is this weekend, July 13 and 14.

Starting on Friday at 7 p.m., members will gather together at the newly built pavilion in Peace Island Park to celebrate the new venue, and watch a movie. Pre-registration for Saturday’s poker ride will be available then.

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Official registration is at 9 a.m. on July 14, and a free pancake breakfast will be available at the boat launch from 8 to 11 a.m. Boats will begin launching into the river at 10 a.m, when between 60 to 80 boats will ride to different stops collecting cards to build the best poker hand. Games will be held for kids at various stops as well.

“It’s all about the family, and we really want to make it fun for the kids. That’s why we keep getting so many people out to it year after year,” said River Rats President Jason Palfy.

There will also be a scavenger hunt for the kids and prizes afterward. Palfy said all watercraft are welcome, including jet skis and other boats besides speed boats.

A dinner will follow at 6 p.m. once everyone’s off the river, at the pavilion.

Jet Boat Racing

Several members of the River Rats were in the water last weekend at the Weaver Peace River Gold Cup Championship 2018 to begin the jet boat racing season. Gord Humphrey won the event with a total time of one hour, 24 minutes and 47 seconds, winning two of the four legs. He was 66 seconds faster than Rick Hollingworth, who finished second. Trapper Wolsey was 11th with a time of 1:53:59, while Clayton Wolsey finished in 15th place with a time of 1:57:02.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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