Fallen Warriors poker run/car show coming in June
The seventh annual Fallen Warriors Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 9.
From its humble beginnings at the Folsom Harley Davidson location with 40 participants, this event has grown and moved to El Dorado Hills Town Center where thousands of visitors and hundreds of participants enjoy a day of classy cars, motorcycles, vendors, activities, raffles, food, and poker runs, all to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the nation. The event is free to the public and a fun for the entire family.
Due to the growing popularity of this event, this year the gates open one hour earlier, at 8 a.m., followed by a dedication service conducted by the Marine Corp League at 9. A second dedication service is held at noon by the El Dorado Hills Fire Department to accommodate those who return from the poker runs and/or arrive later in the day.
The event culminates in an award presentation at 2 p.m. Trophies and plaques are given for first, second and third place to motorcycles and classic cars. They are voted on by a “Veterans” ballot, a general public “People’s Choice” ballot and a “Medal of Honor” ballot.
During 2010, for the first time in the history of poker runs in Northern California, there were four simultaneous poker run starts for this one event. This will again be the format for this year’s event.
Runs will begin from the El Dorado Hills Town Center, Sacramento Harley Davidson, C&E V-Twin in Auburn and another location in Placerville. All riders will return to Town Center where they can enjoy the festivities. It is also the final stop to win $250, awarded to both the best and worst poker hands of the day. Two lucky motorcyclists will walk away with checks and smiling faces. A prix-fixe lunch ticket will be provided as part of the car and bike registration at one of Town Center’s restaurants that participates year after year.
The yearly Fallen Warriors Memorial Bike and Car Show is the largest fundraiser for the organization, raising funds to provide college scholarships in the local high schools that have lost soldiers to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Fallen Warriors Memorial currently gives out eight $1,000 scholarships to local schools and that number is growing. These scholarships are presented and memorialized in the names of the fallen heroes so they are never forgotten. High schools that participate also dedicate a game or event in the soldier’s name each year.
For more information or to pre-register visit www.fwmo.org. Vendors may apply online. Non-profit organization booths welcome.