Shriners to have event on Hatfield-McCoy Trails

By J.D. Charles For The Logan Banner

March 16, 2014

Members of the Logan Shrine Club have done a lot of fundraisers over the years, but if their newest event is successful, it just might become an annual one.

Logan Shrine Club President Roger Porter said the goal of the first Logan Shriners ATV Ride and Poker Run is to have a lot of fun and raise some funds for the local charity by taking advantage of the Club’s location in the center of Hatfield-McCoy Trails country.

Longtime Shriner Jeff Reagan is in charge of the event which will take place on Sunday, May 4, on the Bearwallow Trail Head in Logan County.

The event will be staged at the DMV parking lot in Logan right in front of the Logan Shrine Club. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.

Porter and Reagan say that the event will bring in riders from across the country and region which should make it a success considering the low cost to get involved- the ride will require a $10 donation to receive a one-day wristband to ride the trials and it will also get participants a t-shirt. Porter told members of the Logan Shrine Club they can expect some important visitors as well from the Beni Kedem Temple in Charleston at the event.

Roger Porter noted attendance to the event could be overwhelming and said volunteers will be needed to oversee and help out. Porter also asked members attending the ride to leave parking available near the club for visitors, many of whom may not be familiar with the town of Logan.

“We will have EMTS coming, the West Virginia State Police are going to be there and we will also have the Hatfield-McCoy Rangers,” Jeff Reagan said, noting that 15 sponsors had stepped up and helped out with donations to help pay for the shirts and other expenses in organizing such an undertaking.

Jeff Reagan noted that for a $10 donation, a rider will receive a one-day wrist band permit and t-shirt, as well as a lot of fun in the great outdoors and the chance to help out the local Shriners.

“We can also sell hot dogs and possibly other types of food that day,” Jeff Reagan said. Jeff Reagan also noted that in addition to helping cook there will be a need for people to

help with registration and to oversee the event. Jeff said Rangers will be in the hills where the ribbons will be located for participating riders to mark out the riding area at Bearwallow. Reagan said a high card draw will take place to break any ties.

Logan Shrine Club member Jeff Justice asked fellow members about making their ATVs available for special guests.

“All proceeds from this event will go to the Logan Shrine Club,” Jeff Reagan said.