This weekend was the annual Key West Poker Run.
For those of you who don’t know, The Poker Run is an event for bikers. They drive down from the mainland and make 5 stops at various businesses along the keys to draw a playing card. Each biker then arrives in Key West and presents his ‘hand’ to the even officials and the biker with the best hand wins.
The whole thing started about 40 years ago when Phil Peterson and the Key West Chamber of Commerce came up with the idea to help business during the normally slow month of September. The first event had about 46 riders and this year’s turnout is expected to be over 10,000.
The event brings in millions of dollars to the Key West economy. Also benefiting from the event are the Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club who collect hundreds of thousands of dollars from the riders.
The City of Key West closes off parts of Duval Street to allow the bikers to park along the street creating an impromptu bike show. Bikers are charged a fee to park and the proceeds go to charity.
I saw this one parked in front of Jack Flats so I had to post this tweet when I saw it.
Here is the official web site if you want more information or maybe plan on visiting during the event next year.