Breaking News – Fellow Woody Boater Arlon Hibbert Wins Saturday’s Dry Rot Poker Run


Arlon Hibbert and crew speeding to the next Poker Run checkpoint.

On Saturday afternoon, aboard his 1947 16′ Gar Wood Ensign named “The Other Woman” – Fellow Woody Boater Arlon Hibbert won the award for “Best Time” at the 2011 Woodies Over The Water Poker Run in Idaho. The Poker Run is just one of the many activities during this weekend’s Priest Lake Dry Rot Show & Parade in Northern Idaho, which is hosted by the Inland Empire and Columbia Willamette ACBS Chapters.

Arlon Hibbert and his crew decoding a Poker Run clue at a checkpoint...

Fellow Woody Boater & Northern Idaho Reporter Wes Yandt sent us this great report from Priest Lake on Saturday night, so take it away Wes…

“Man did we have a great day at the Dry Rot Poker Run today! Carol and Mike “Hutch” Hutchison out did themselves again this year putting together a great Poker Run, but Carol had a special treat for all of us. She guaranteed perfect weather and boy did she deliver. It was an absolutely awesome boating day on beautiful Priest Lake. It started with a very early, foggy morning run in the “Uncle Bob” enjoying the flat water.”

A Morning Run with Uncle Bob, a rare 1963 20ft Yandt Craft Utility

After everyone prepared their classic boats, we all gathered down the lake at the Blue Diamond Marina for a great lunch and the start of the annual Poker Run, which is a popular event every year.

Bob Robertson getting “Osprey” ready for the Poker Run. Notice the sign over the door of the fuel shack… Elkins Resort – Established in 1932 (Texx)

“Hutch” is the Official Chief Starter for the Poker Run, and if you step out of line, or try to pick up your envelope before your designated starting time, you get a BLAST from his bull horn. “Hutch” runs a tight ship… (Texx)

Fellow Woody Boater Hutch signaling One Minute To Start - We think...

We ran all over the lake with 6 card stops and many cleaver little clues to get us from point A to B.

Bob Robertson and his crew aboard “Osprey”, their 1989 24′ Hacker Triple Cockpit Runabout.

Below, Gary & Elaine Lord in their cool 1953 Chris-Craft Sportsman. Gary & Elaine are also seasoned private pilots and were spotted utilizing some of their flying gear for improved communication during the Poker Run… or they were getting ready to fly back to Lake Oswego right after the Poker Run… (Texx)

A very nice 20′ Chris-Craft Riviera owned by Bruce & Gloria Reynolds from Spokane.

Michael & Anavel Boge and family having fun in their 1964 Century Resorter. Michael is the President of the Inland Empire ACBS Chapter.

Jim and Sharon West from Vancouver, Washington enjoying their cool 1966 Century Fibersport 17 on Priest Lake.

John Franklin from down in Eugene, Oregon aboard his nicely restored 1950 Chris-Craft Riviera.

Robert & Susan DaPron in “Red Head II” preparing their team strategy during the Poker Run…

The finish line was at Dick and Louise Werner’s beautiful cabin on Priest Lake. The winner of the “Best Time” was Arlon Hibbert with his young hottie crew helping him with navigation. The Best Poker Hand went to Brain Fair and his daughter.

We then had a great dinner hosted by the Werner’s which is an anuual tradition at the Dry Rot, and then watched the sun set on Chimeny Rock across the way form the Werner’s cabin. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Dusk Over Chimeny Rock From Dick & Louise Werners

Tomorrow will be the boat show at Elkins Resort in the morning and then a lunch and boat show at Hills Resort down the lake.Wes Yandt

Thanks Wes for the Live-ish report and photos from Priest Lake!


2 replies
  1. 'Bone Daddy' Deems
    'Bone Daddy' Deems says:

    Yes Indeed…what a wonderful way to spend Labor Day Weekend. That is Our boat at Dick’s Dock. freshly restored; Murray Danzig’s 1964 Century Coronado with a big block Buick Nailhead engine. Man did we support the Elkin’s gas dock pictured!! Wow we did some boo coo nautical miles…Great weather, awesome people, major fun in the sun, what more needs to be said? ‘Bone Daddy’

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