Hundreds of bikers participate in motorcycle poker run fundraiser for Sutter Rifle Team


Around 400 motorcycles and riders showed up at the Colusa County Fairgrounds on Saturday for the inaugural “Run 4 Your Guns” event, a fundraiser for the Sutter Union High School Air Rifle Team, which organizers said might have been the largest event supporting the Second Amendment in Northern California.
The event was supported and sponsored by the Friends of the NRA, Harley-Davidson of Yuba City, and the Hoblit Motor Company. Many of the motorcycle enthusiasts who participated in the poker run began their ride in West Sacramento, stopping at a total of five checkpoints to collect a playing card before arriving at the Colusa County Fairgrounds, while others began the ride at the Harley Davidson store in Yuba City. The participants with the best and the worst hands each earned prizes: a .45 caliber handgun for the rider with the best hand, and a 12 gauge shotgun for the worst.
In addition to the prizes for the best and worst poker hands, there were more than 70 guns offered as raffle prizes, as well as a variety of other items donated by a number of different area businesses, including some from Colusa County. The largest raffle prize was a four-wheeler – a 2018 Can Am 450 Outlander.
Patrons also had the opportunity to play a number of different games where they earned raffle tickets, including one in which they tested their shooting ability against members of the Sutter Union High School Rifle Team.
Another was hosted by TACTAGAR, a Yuba City business owned by Alex Garlock that offers Sutter County CCW and NRA Certified Firearm Instruction, which brought its portable indoor shooting simulator to the event on Saturday.
“Everyone seemed to have a good time,” Garlock said. “It was a good mix of people. Everybody seemed to get along and want to help out the kids. Everybody that came through the booth really liked what I had to offer – even the people that didn’t participate were interested.”
A live auction had to be scrapped because many participants left before the auction was held at the end of the event.
Colusa resident Rob Moriconi said he thought the event was a success, particularly in its first year, and added that he thought it would grow larger if it continued.
“It was a good fundraiser for the kids, and had a good turnout for the poker run. I think they had somewhere around 360 participate in the ride. The band was great. The food was good. They cooked enough for 500 people, but I don’t think they took into account how bikers eat – by the time I got around there, the food was already gone,” said Moriconi, who owns River Rat Customs, which displayed custom motorcycles at, and donated to the event. “I wanted to support the community and show off some product… Any after school program for the kids – whether it be shooting or anything else – we gotta support them, because there’s no funding for anything.”■

Brian Pearson is the former Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects included reporting local government and the sports page.