The eighth annual Memorial Ride and Poker run in memory of Scott P. Fifield sponsored by The friends and family of Scott Fifield was held on Saturday.
Fifield was an Ilion resident, killed in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 14, 2004. He had a love of animals and his friends and family felt the ride and poker run would be a special way to honor his memory. According to the Herkimer County Humane Society Secretary and the Friends and Family of Scott Fifield committee member Jodi Flo Fifield previously adopted his cats from the Herkimer Humane Society.
“By combining his love for animals and motorcycles Scotty’s ride was formed to remember Fifield and help support the Herkimer Humane Society,” Jodi Flo Fifield said.
At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, local motorcycle riders arrived at the Elks Lodge in Ilion to start the 150 -mile day long ride that would take them to Boonville Hilltop, Nothing Fancy in Vernon, Patty’s Pub in Bridgewater, and lastly the Moose Lodge in Ilion. Scotty’s Ride Committee President Paul Stone said during each stop riders would receive one poker card.
“Each rider received five playing cards and once the ride finished the person with the best hand had the chance to win $250. The person who had the second best won $150 and there was also a prize of $100 for the person with the worst hand,” Stone said.
After the ride, a dinner was held at the Elks Lodge with entertainment provided by Bob Perry and the Invisible Four. The dinner was open to the riders, community members showing their support, and friends and family of Fifield.
The dinner made possible through the combination of donations from local businesses, the Herkimer County Human Society Board of Directors, and the committee members of Scotty’s Ride. Throughout the dinner guests could try their luck at the 50/50 raffle and silent auction both benefiting the Herkimer Humane Society.
Karen Cool and Bob Sheppard, of Dolgeville, attended the event for their second year.
“It was very hot at times during the ride but, once we were able to pick up speed it was really nice,” Cool said.
Sheppard added, “the ride was very well organized and it’s just a great cause to support.”
“We came for the dinner and some music,” said Dee and her husband Bob McDowell. Dee McDowell who has been taught dance for 50 years at Dee’s Dancing in Ilion danced with her husband during the dinner.
“I love to dance and I taught my husband how to dance years ago and it’s just a great event with a good cause to enjoy some food and our love of dance,” she added.
Suzett Gillette, of Whitesboro said she is a part of several poker rides through out the summer.
Page 2 of 2 - “I enjoy every ride but, Scotty’s ride is the best the best ride ever,” Gillette went on to say, “it’s a nice distance with just the right amount of stops and it supports the humane society.” Gillette added she previously rescued an Akita from the Utica Humane Society.
All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the care of the animals at the Herkimer County Humane Society.