I attended the Shakin the Dam Poker Run with my family and boyfriend this weekend. Although we had a great time with eachother and friends, as well as meeting new friends, I have to say I was quite disappointed in how the evnt was run and how it only followed part of the itinerary that was provided to us upon registration.
1st.. we arrived at Turtle Back Mountain about 7:30, as we walked in another family was coming out and informed us that the event was actually at one of Joe Boydens homes. He had his real estate agents there wanting to sell you the home. Are we at a poker run or a parade of homes open house? What happended to the boat show?
2nd... After registration and being told they had no more womens t-shirts and they would be mailed ( I am doubting I will EVER see that) we were told to go inside for food and drinks. Some green chili stew looking thing and a very sad sub sandwich... What happended to country style buffet at Turtle Back Mountain? Then when we tried to get a drink we were informed there was beer. The vodka, rum, etc.. was only for certain people. Interesting way to host a party. I dont think I have ever had a party and given some people drinks and told others too bad.
Saturday came with beautiful weather and we were ready to run. We had a great run up but there seemed to be confusion AGAIN. The map said the 3rd stop was long point. The intinerary said Hot Springs. At any rate we really enjoyed everyones company. After Lunch there was again confusion as to where the 4th stop was. I guess it really didn't matter seeing as the card boat ran out of gas just south of longs point. So much for the run up to the dam. And what happend to the helicopter?
And then the confusion continued.... Everyone arrives at Turtle Back Mountain for dinner and awards. We are told "they are not ready" it took them over an hour to "get ready". unacceptable! Then two jerks running around in event staff shirts messing with participants trying to charge them to come in. To find out, they were friends of the people from lake racer... I cannot believe this was allowed and that those associated with Lake Racer thought it was funny. Is this the first poker run you all have handled. No announcement was made that dinner was being served. We were promised a band. that to was not delivered. We had some rapper getting down. Two years ago there were pictures and DVD's available to purchase. This year nothing! I wonder if I will ever see that one as well!
To cap off the night after waiting until 9pm with no raffle drawn or winners being announced and asking when this would take place and being told "soon" we gave up and left.
I think next year I am going to try a poker run that is run by a reputable group. This is a little shaddy. I would really like to know what charity received 20%!