Spearhead Trails will lead the event in partnership with the Town of Gate City and Scott County Tourism. The ride will offer a 61-mile run through the countryside and the opportunity to visit some of Scott County’s most iconic tourism destinations.
“Scott County Tourism jumped on the opportunity to partner with Spearhead Trails for the Big Moccasin Jeep Poker Run,” said Pam Cox, director of Scott County Tourism, in a press release. “This is a great opportunity for visitors to experience the beauty of this region. The trail provides some picturesque views, as well as the opportunity to visit some of our tourism assets like the Carter Family Fold, Teddy’s Restaurant in Nickelsville, the Bush Mill and Creation Kingdom Zoo.”
About the event
The poker run will be held on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The route showcases the Carter Family Fold, Mendota, the Mendota Fire Tower, the Town of Nickelsville, Bush Mill and Creation Kingdom Zoo.
The ride has been scheduled in conjunction with Bush Mill Days, a one-day festival celebrating the historic over-shot grist mill and the crafts of Appalachian Heritage, which will be demonstrating blacksmithing, weaving and pottery-throwing and making homemade apple cider with a vintage apple press. As an added incentive to stop at Bush Mill Days, participants will find a “bonus” poker chip at the mill.
At the end of the ride, food vendors will be available and participants will be able to cozy up to a fire pit. Riders must stay until the end of the event to determine who wins the $500 prize, which will go to the person with the “best” poker hand.
How to participate
Pre-registration is not required, but all participants should meet in the Gate City Downtown Farmer’s Market parking lot on Water Street at 9 a.m. The poker run will start at 10 a.m., and participants will have seven hours to finish the run, allowing plenty of time to visit several places of interest in Scott County and Mendota, Virginia.
The entry fee is $20 per Jeep for one hand, with the opportunity to purchase additional poker hands for $10 each. At the end of the race, participants may discard any chip and purchase an additional chip for $5. The first 150 registrants will receive a commemorative hat and car tag.
Proceeds from the poker run will benefit Appalachian Community Action Agency (AppCAA), which provides services to low income families in Scott, Lee and Wise counties and the city of Norton, and the Spearhead Trailblazers, an organization devoted to developing outdoor recreation events and opportunities.