Heartland Poker Run, car show to benefit Good Samaritans


Area car and motorcycle owners and aficionados can cruise, burn rubber to and benefit Brown County Good Samaritan Ministries at this year’s Heartland Poker Run.

This year the Heartland Poker Run and Car Show at Riverside Park will benefit the Good Samaritans, who provide the community with food and emergency financial assistance through numerous community programs throughout the area.

“The proceeds always go to a charity and this year the charity is Good Samaritan,” Event Organizer Donnie Seale said. “We choose a different one every year and it has been several years since we’ve done them.”
With events set for Friday and Saturday, festivities kickoff at 6 p.m. with the annual poker run, a five-stop cruise through Brown County. Although traditionally an event for motorcyclist, Seale said this year’s event serves all motorists with no limitation on participating vehicles. As part of the poker run, each participant receives a map and instructions, as well as a coupon for fries, drinks and cheeseburgers from Sonic. Each participant will receive a card at each stop and the participant with the best poker hand wins a small prize and trophy. Seale said there is no limit to how many hands a vehicle can purchase.  

“We go to our sponsors and set up in their parking lots,” Seale said. “It just gets the cars out where they can be seen. It costs $5 a hand and the people in the vehicle can buy two or three. Some people buy five hands. For each entry, not each hand, gets a brownbag special from Sonic.”

Registration for the car show begins 8 a.m. Saturday. With the Heartland show being the only one in the area, Seale believe the turnout should be significant. Along with showcasing various vintage and high performance vehicles, the show will also provide a 3 p.m. burnout contest for vehicles already entered in the car show.

“We have two categories, race car and street car, and the winners get a big trophy that we made, plus $100,” Seale said. “We don’t give second place, we call it outstanding and they get $50 and a trophy.”

Also going on at 3 p.m. will be an awards presentation for best: GM, Ford, MOPAR, import, Mustang, and a $500 best in show award. The event will also host a panty run, which will be a showcase of skill mixed as a bit of comedic antics.

“You have a driver and a runner. The driver goes 60 feet, then stops and gets out with a big old pair of panties,” Seale said. “He comes around the car to the runner, who car touch anything. He opens the door and puts the panties on the runner who runs another 60 feet. You have to stop in a certain distance and if they touch the panties with their hands they are docked 5 seconds.”

With the Heartland show being the only one in the area, Seale believes those who plan to attend will have plenty to see, touch and smell Saturday.

“The most we have had is 411 and that is our June cars how, the big one we have.

There are no car shows around that are even close this year,” Seale said. “Two that we usually go to didn’t have a show this year. We’ve had a lot of interest. We pass out fliers at the car shows we go to and I think we’ve given close to 5,000 this year … We will have some out of state cars that will come.”

Seale said those who plan to attend Saturday will need to park in the Pecan Orchard due to safety concerns. For more information visit www.heartlandcruisers.org or find them on Facebook.