June 6, 2012 Edition

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Poker run, concert planned
in downtown Walnut Ridge

June 23 is slated to be a busy day in downtown Walnut Ridge as Rumblin' Around the Ridge and Cox Powersports host The Rockabilly Run.

The event, being called a "poker run of a different kind," will include a poker run in the morning, followed by live music in the afternoon and evening.

The benefits for local tourism efforts are two-fold, according to organizers - bringing people to the downtown area and raising funds to support the work of the Lawrence County Tourism Committee.

"The Rockabilly Run is two steps in the right direction," Charles Snapp, Lawrence County Tourism Committee member, said. "First, it will bring people to town, boosting our tourism efforts.

The bikers and their friends and families will utilize area restaurants and services, generating both income and sales tax revenue for the entire county.

"Second, the proceeds from the entry fees, paid by the bikers to ride, will help provide funding for the Chamber of Commerce to promote Lawrence County, bringing even more people to our area in the future."

Registration for the poker run will be from 9-11 a.m. at Cox Powersports in Hoxie with the first bike out at 10 a.m. The ride will end at Beatles Park in Walnut Ridge.

Prizes will be awarded for best and worst hands. In addition, each bike in the run will receive a ticket for the grand-prize drawing for a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The trip will include four nights at Myrtle Beach, as well as a helicopter ride, one-day jet ski rental for four and $250 cash.

Ride fee is $20 and includes the first hand. Additional hands are $5 each.

Sheriffs of Nottingham to perform

At 1 p.m., live music will begin at Beatles Park kicking off with Chester Jetton, followed by The Hairy AsIs from 3:30-5:30. The event will conclude with the Sheriffs of Nottingham of Memphis taking the stage at 6 p.m.

In addition to those participating in the ride, the public is invited to attend the event, which is free. Abbey Road will be closed for the event. Some seating will be provided, but those attending can also bring lawn chairs.

"The Rockabilly Run is a new event for Walnut Ridge," Snapp said. "It's designed like a small festival, to help attract visitors to Lawrence County."

Nicole McLaughlin with Rumblin' Around the Ridge encourages everyone to attend the event.

"We invite the public to come out to see the bikers roll in, bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the live music and festivities," she said.

For more information on the event, contact McLaughlin at 870-809-1466 or Snapp at 501-412-6497.

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