American Legion Riders Post 19 is sponsoring the annual Keep the Lights On event on April 19 at Coleman Pitt Post 58 at 2731 N. Church St.
The event will begin with a pancake breakfast from 6 to 9 a.m. Plates are $5 each. Vendors are expected to start arriving at 8 a.m,, including a jewelry vendor, a vendor that makes home jellies and preserves and a couple of others.
The Poker Run will be from 9:30 a.m. until noon, with the last bike in about 2 p.m. The Hickabillies, an original Iraqi garage band, will perform from noon until 4 p.m. The Hickabillies are all members of the N.C. National Guard.
A raffle for a shot gun or $500 in cash also will be held. The shotgun is a 12-gauge Weatherby Semi-Auto shotgun provided by CPF Arms of Rocky Mount. Tickets are $5.
There also will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Hamburgers and hot dogs with chips and a drink will be served for lunch. For those not participating in the Poker Run, the plate is $5, or people can participate in the Poker Run either by driving their car or just drawing all five cards at one location for $10.
Best hand is $75, Worst Hand is $20.
Proceeds of the gun raffle are going to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.
The 50/50 drawing and Door Prizes will benefit the Colon Furr Nursing Scholarship. The remainder of the net profits will help with the upkeep of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on U.S. 258 in Tarboro.
People planning to attend should RSVP by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling or texting 252-955-9001 by April 12 so the group can be sure to have plenty of food and drink on hand.