Shown above, Legion Rider Poker Run participants line up in front of the American Legion Willman-Fee Post 14 before embarking on their day-long fundraiser poker run. The Saturday, June 29, 2019 run aimed to raise funds for Teener, Legion and Springs Owls baseball programs.

Forty-five entries consisting of motorcycles, pickup trucks and a van full of participants departed the Wessington Springs American Legion at 11 a.m. facing a hot and windy day of 100 degrees with 40% humidity and 10-20 mph winds. Their route took them from “up on the hill,” down Dakota Avenue and east on Main Street, led by Wessington Springs Fire Chief Jim Vavra driving a fire truck with lights flashing and sirens blaring. 

After leaving town, poker run participants continued to make stops at Gann Valley, Reliance, Chamberlain, Kimball and White Lake before returning to the American Legion. On their arrival back in Wessington Springs, a well-attended community spaghetti supper was served by Owls players Terrek Butterfield and Dylan Ochsner. 

Every year, the Legion Riders organizes a poker run to raise funds for local people or organizations in need. In the past five years, they have raised over $75,000 for local causes.