By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Advance
Part motor rally and part classic car show, the Halkirk Elks held their first in-person event since the start of the pandemic on July 24th.
The Halkirk Elks Classic Car Poker Rally had 25 cars and 44 participants driving a loop starting and stopping in Halkirk, with stops in Heisler, Forestburg, Alliance, and Castor along the way.
In a poker rally, the participants stop at the various checkpoints in each of the communities, and draw a card, which gets written down.
After stopping at all the checkpoints, the participants return to the starting location, and whoever has the best poker hand is the winner.
After the participants returned to the village, they arrived to find a backdrop set up on Main Street for them to park in front of and get their photos taken, before taking positions on the side of the street set up as with a car show.
Village of Halkirk council approved blocking off Main Street for the event from the stop sign by the Halkirk Hotel to the north side of the community hall.
Running down the middle of the street was the long table set up for the steak supper, which served about 90 people.
Community members were able to buy tickets for the supper.
The grand prize of the poker rally, a $100 gift certificate to the Halkirk Hotel, was awarded to Cindy Stuckless, who got back to Halkirk with the highest poker hand.
The second highest hand went to Jim Groundwater, and the third highest went to Dallas Lang.
The highest all red hand went to Keith Turner, and the highest all black hand went to Deneen Brown. The lowest scoring hand went to youngster Austin Lang.
The furthest distance travelled to the event was by Bruce and Cindy Stuckless. The oldest vehicle, a 1930 Chevrolet, went to Neil Brown, of Erskine.
The oldest truck participating in the rally went to Dan and Char Bunbury. The award for the oldest bike went to Maurice Schilling. Judges’ choice was awarded to Mark Brown.