Palm Harbor Fall Bike Fest and Toys for Tots Ride is Saturday

You don’t need to have a motorcycle or a reindeer-powered sleigh to put smiles on the faces of needy kids this year. • A new toy and big heart will do. • On Saturday, the seventh annual Palm Harbor Fall Bike Fest and Toys for Tots Ride will rumble into historic downtown Palm Harbor with an easy riders toy run, motorcycle and car shows, live music, food and festivities.

There is no admission charge for the street party, but festivalgoers are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

The celebration, with most activities from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, is presented by Old Palm Harbor Main Street, a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve and promote the quaint little village.

“Proceeds raise money to maintain our historic district, and the toys will benefit children who may not otherwise have a Christmas,” said executive director Robin Husbands-Cauchi.

A new twist this year is tonight’s Poker Walk, when even a bad hand can win a prize.

At 6:30 p.m., players will assemble at the law offices of Fran Haasch, at Nebraska and Omaha (County Road 1). They will proceed to five historic district restaurants, where they will draw cards.

The play will end at 9 p.m. at Peggy O’Neill’s Irish Pub with gift certificate giveaways and prizes awarded for the best and worst hands.

Each hand is $10, and players can opt for additional cards at $5 apiece. Proceeds benefit Old Palm Harbor Main Street.

On Saturday, bike registration will begin at 9 a.m., with kickstands up at noon. Bikers pay $10 to ride with the procession or $5 with a new toy donation.

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