8th Annual Mountain Gate Poker Run Great Success
The 8th Annual Mountain Gate Poker Run was held April 11, 2015 in Talihina Oklahoma. The weather was perfect with lots of blooming trees and wildflowers. This event is open to all vehicles. The route traversed over the breathtaking Talimena Scenic Drive and the beautiful valley roads below. Ryan Dyer from Shady Point, OK turned in the best hand and won $700.00, Johnny Emmert from Talihina turned in the second best hand and won $200.00 and third best hand held by Nathan Haynes won $100.00. Nathan was very generous and donated his winnings back to the event. Ronald McGee won the 50/50 pot for the third year in a row. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the event. Our sponsors and stops were very important to the success of the poker run. They include in alphabetical order: B & B Handy Stop, Belle Point Beverage, Belles Kitchen, Black Rock Roost, Bryant Dirt Works, Buffalo Creek Guest Ranch, Buckhart’s Funeral Home, Cjs Corner Store, The Community State Bank, Cranford’s Boot Store, El Rancho Mexican Grill, EZ Tees and Caps, Fenton Eye Care, Holland’s Thick and Thin Lumber, Honobia Bigfoot Organization, Horse Heaven Ranch, Lawson Pharmacy, Mansour Furniture Store, Outlaw BBQ, Pam’s Diner, Pine Cellular, Red River Realty, Rockin H Convenience Store, Rockin H. Inn, Shorty’s Propane, Talihina American, Talihina Auto Supply, Talihina Branch Spiro State Bank, Talihina Family Dentistry, Talihina Manor Nursing Home, Talihina Public School, Talihina Realty, Talihina Stone, The Hair Couture, Wheels of Talihina, and the Yanush Store. Andy Anderson and his Flash Back Band did a great job. It was hard to let them stop playing and go home. The Western Reenactments performed by Dave Bentley and his group were also a hit. To our enjoyment, a special treat for the end stop at Buffalo Creek Guest Ranch was a group of Para-Gliders who peddled their gliders around the area. All income from the poker run will be used to operate the Talimena Scenic Drive Visitors Center in Downtown Talihina. The date for next year’s Mountain Gate Poker Run is April 9, 2016.