RANGELEY – The sixth annual Busch North Scene Snowmobile Poker Run for Charity will be Saturday, Jan. 29. Again this year, many NASCAR Busch North Series drivers and team members will join the ride. The ride is open to everyone: teams, fans and general public.

The day starts with an optional 11 a.m. drivers’ meeting at the Rangeley Inn. Ride credentials can be purchased for $20 at the inn all day; people can ride with the 11 a.m. group or with their own group at any time during the day.

The proceeds will go to several charities, including the Maine Special Olympics and the Busch North Series Women’s Auxiliary.

Riders go to five separate checkpoints, drawing a card at each one. At the end of the ride, the person with the best five-card poker hand will be the winner. The winner will receive a prize package that includes a new snowmobile helmet and attire.

One of the stops will be the Gingerbread House, where the riders will have lunch. The riders will meet at Rangeley Inn at 5 p.m. to see who has the best hand.

The event will include raffle prizes and auction items. Busch North Scene will award the 2004 Busch North Scene Driver of the Year at the event, along with the 2004 Fans Favorite Driver award. During the evening entertainment, three comedians will perform at 9 p.m.

Last year’s event raised more than $8,400 and had more than 300 participants.

For room availability or directions, people call the Rangeley Chamber of Commerce at (800) MT-LAKES. For more details, people can e-mail [email protected], call Busch North Scene (207) 224-2060 or go to www.neracing.com.

Organizers said this event is open to everyone and riding is optional. Also, if people want to ride, but don’t have a snowmobile, there are rental machines in Rangeley; call the chamber for details.

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