Main Street Russellville hosts Jesse James Poker Run Oct. 5
by Chris Cooper Managing Editor
Main Street Russellville is hosting it’s second annual Jesse James Poker Run Saturday, Oct. 5. The event is being held in conjunction with the Tobacco & Heritage Festival, and is expected to be a beautiful ride to help benefit the Fourth Street Theater.
“We held this event last year at an earlier time,” said Main Street Director Darlene Gooch. “This year we thought it would be better to hold the ride during the fall because of cooler weather.” Last year’s event brought out 35 riders. Gooch says she is expecting many more this year.
“We think the fall will be a beautiful time to ride,” said Gooch. “We will be traveling throughout Logan County, and fall is always a beautiful time of year around the community.”
This is the first year Main Street has partnered with the Logan County Chamber of Commerce on the ride. Gooch said the chamber has been so helpful in promoting the event.
“When we held the ride last year, there were so many other things going on at the same time. By moving the ride and partnering with the chamber, we hope to grow the event.”
The funds raised from the poker run will be put aside to help with the Fourth Street Theater. The theater is yet to be completed and funds are needed to finish the backside where the actual stage area and seating are.
“We haven’t had an estimate done in years on how much it would cost to finish the theater,” said Gooch. “But the last one said we needed approximately $815,000 to complete the project.”
Gooch says the theater is something for everyone to use. Rather it’s for a reunion or a reception. It’s also for the kids of the community.
“People say all the time that the kids need something to do. The theater gives them that opportunity,” Gooch said. “At our musial theater camp last year we had 70 kids participate. These kids are hungry for this. There are a lot of things to support sports, but kids like the arts as well. We can have plays and musicals here, as well as provide a fun filled evening for adults.”
Gooch said the production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” has started. She said the theater can provide a home base for kids and adults alike in the arts. The theater also promotes economic development benefits.
“When industries and businesses look at moving to our community, they ask what is there to do in town. The theater adds to the draw of our community. This is not just for Russellville’s citizens, it’s for all of Logan County,” said Gooch.
Registration for the Jesse James Poker Run will kick off at the Fourth Street Theater in Russellville at 8:30 a.m. with the ride taking off at 10 a.m. The ride will wind through South Logan’s beautiful countryside by the Red River Meeting House through Adairville to Orndorff Mill Road through Keysburg through Olmstead and back to the 4th Street Theater. There will be three stops along the way.
Cost for the ride is $20 per vehicle. Prizes will be given to best and worst hand. Concessions will be available before, during and after the ride.
“We hope to see lots of motorcycles, cars, trucks and antique vehicles to show up for the ride,” said Gooch. “Its gonna be a be a beautiful ride.”
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