A benefit poker ride and hike on the Wallowa Lake moraine on Saturday, Aug. 24, is being organized by the Wallowa County Board of Realtors to help out local schools.

The event, which realtors hope will draw horesback riders and hikers from all over the region, will feature a ride or hike on the east moraine, which affords a spectacular view of the lake. The route is about three hours, walking pace.

Along the way participants will pick up poker cards, one at a time. In the end, the holder of the best poker hand will be awarded $150, with other hands also eligible for cash and donated prizes.

Overnight camping is available at no charge at the Joseph rodeo grounds propery, and horses may be kept overnight on Aug. 23 at rodeo grounds corrals and tie stalls.

The pre-registration fee is $15 per hand through Aug. 17 or $20 after that date, and $5 (or $8) for children under 13 with no hand. T-shirts to commemorate the ride can be ordered for $13 each.

All profits from the event will be divided among the Joseph, Enterprise and Wallowa schools to help offset cuts they've been forced to make.

The day's schedule features a pancake breakfast at 7-10 a.m.; departure of riders and hikers; 8-11 a.m.; barbecue, 11:30-2:30; play day games and challenges, 1-3:30 p.m.; and prizes and raffle drawing, 4 p.m. All activities except ror the ride itself will take place at the Harley Tucker Memorial Arena rodeo grounds in Joseph.

Participants are required to sign a form that releases the board of realtors, the Joseph Chamber of Commerce and other sponsors of the poker ride from liability.

To obtain a registration form or for more information, call Dan Holub, 541-432-2771, or Michele Baird, 541-432-7653. Registration forms are also available at all Wallowa County realtors and many businesses.

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