Riders made their way out of Perry on Saturday, Aug. 11 for the annual Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run. The run, in its eighth year, started at the Perry Elks Lodge for breakfast and a safety talk before kickstands went up around 10:15 a.m.
Riders then made their way up to the Josh Davis Memorial Plaza where a short prayer was given. The motorcycles were started again and the riders left Perry for the first stop on the poker run. Stops this year include Fergs in Grand Junction, Toby K's in Boone, Night Hawk in Slater and Whistlin' Donkey in Woodward.
Everyone will end up back at the Perry Elks Lodge for the poker hand drawing, dinner and live auction.
Davis graduated from Perry High School in 2009 and joined the United States Marine Corps. He was killed in action in Afghanistan on May 7, 2010. He is buried at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa.
Friends of Davis' parents, Jerry and Jill Anderson, started the run as a way to help fund the $1,500 memorial award that Dave and Patti gave to a graduating senior in the class of 2010. Since that time, the run have grown so that two memorial awards are given each year as well as donations to various Perry and veterans organizations.
Check out more photos and video from the memorial run on the Perry Chief's website, www.theperrychief.com