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Poker Run scheduled for May 22, serving as a kickoff to Harford Streams Summer Adventure initiative

The annual Harford Streams Poker Run, a free program open to all ages to help raise awareness and support for protecting local waterways, will take place next Saturday, May 22.

Poker run participants take selfies and collect playing cards from an attendant at designated locations to be eligible for prizes. Harford County’s poker run is presented in partnership with the nonprofit Visit Harford, the county’s destination tourism marketing organization, according to a county news release.

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Participants in the poker run should register between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. at Frank J. Hutchins Memorial Park at 100 Congress Avenue in Havre de Grace, and return by 4 p.m. to be eligible for prizes. In between they’ll visit the following locations: Lock House Museum; Pollinator Garden at Moore Family Homestead property; Concord Point Park Pond Retrofit and Landscape Infiltration, and Millard Tydings Memorial Park.

The two people with the best poker hands will win prizes.

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Adult prizes include a YETI Roadie 24 cooler and a Sougayilang fishing rod and reel combo with carrier bag and accessories. Youth prizes include a two-pack of Intex River Run floating water lounge rafts and a life-size Giant Tumbling Timber Toy wooden blocks game. The lowest-hand winner for adults and youth will receive a YETI Rambler 26-ounce bottle with chug cap with Harford Streams logo.

Kona Ice will be on site and all participants will get a coupon for a free shaved ice during registration. All furry friends will receive a dog bandana.

Exhibitors at Frank J. Hutchins Memorial Park will include Harford Soil Conservation District, Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy, Watershed Stewards Academy, Harford Land Trust, Visit Harford, Susquehannock Wildlife Society, Gunpowder Riverkeeper, University of Maryland, Maryland Environmental Service, and a critter talk with Marshy Point Nature Center.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, exhibitors at Frank J. Hutchins Memorial Park will be separated by at least 6 feet and all attendees should follow applicable safety guidelines. More information about the poker run is posted on the county website at bit.ly/HSPokerrun.

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The poker run serves as the kickoff event to the Harford Streams Summer Adventure, a summer-long initiative asking people to explore local streams, take selfies at their favorite locations, and send in their photos to earn a free T-shirt and be eligible to win prizes. Preregistration is required for the program, which will run from Friday, May 28 through Monday, September 6, 2021. Some restrictions apply. Details are on the county website at bit.ly/HSSummerAdventure.

“This award-winning program is fun for all ages, and we look forward to bringing it back this summer,” County Executive Barry Glassman said in a statement. “I’ll be kayaking on Deer Creek, but visitors to any of our local streams will see why it’s important to protect these natural resources.”

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