PRAGUE – Alps Angels are prepared for a big crowd this Saturday.
As of last Friday, there were about 600 people who clicked “interested” on the April 27 Alps Angels Bohemian Ag Tour.
Alps Angels Member Chris Lidgett said he isn’t sure how many to expect.
“Last year, we had 177 interested and 150 people showed up,” the Prague man said. This will be the second time the group has organized an ATV and UTV poker run through the Bohemian Alps countryside. Lidgett said no matter the size of the crowd, his group will be ready to host another great ride for a really good cause.
Registration for The Bohemian Ag Tour starts at 8 a.m. at the Wild Ride in Prague. Lidgett said there will be a short driver’s meeting at 11 p.m. and then the ride will begin.
The approximately 60 mile route travels to Abie, Brainard, Loma and Weston, before returning to Prague.
There is a free will donation to join the ride and the money this time will be donated to help Carson Biltoft’s journey with Spina Bifida. The Brainard youth has had hospital stays, surgeries and physical therapy and more is still to come.
Biltoft will be present Saturday and will help get the ride started with a checkered flag.
Lidgett said when his group started looking around for possible causes to donate to, five or six were put on the table. But, Carson’s Crew just resonated with everyone.
“Two of our founding families have kids at or who went to East Butler,” he said.
Biltoft is a pre-schooler at East Butler and his dad is a principal and coach at the school.
Riders Saturday will get a chance to try their hand at poker too. There are $5 poker hands with 100 percent payout available.
Lidgett said safety will be monitored both before and during the ride. No machines will be put on the road that are not deemed safe and all that do go must have a safety flag.
Lidgett said the group is grateful for the support of Saunders County Board of Supervisors and the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office. There are several crossings on highways and a sheriff’s deputy will be helping with traffic.
Lidgett also expressed appreciation for the many sponsors of Saturday’s ride. He said the group has received tremendous support from the community.
The goal of Aps Angels is to return that support to the community. Last fall’s ride raised money for park improvements in Prague.
Lidgett said more rides will be planned in the future and all will have a designated local charity.
Alps Angels is four families who like to spend time together and like to ride ATVs and UTVs. Lidgett said people have asked if they can join the group, but the thought right now is to keep it small.
“We don’t want to lose sight of why we started it,” he said. “If you get too large of a group, sometimes, you kind of stray.”