Some of the participants in last year’s Penticton Royal Canadian Legion Christmas in July Toy Run and Poker Derby. Western News file photo

Bikers saddling up for SOWINS

Christmas in July happens July 22

Christmas in July is coming to four Royal Canadian Legion branches on the 22nd.

At least the giving part.

The second annual Penticton Branch 40 Toy Run and Poker Derby is taking place and motorcycle operators and their passengers are urged to sign up for the fun event in support of the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS).

The guided tour through the scenic South Okanagan Valley begins in Penticton at 10 a.m. with scheduled stops at legions in Peachland, Summerland, Okanagan Falls before returning to Penticton.

In addition to the four poker hand stops there will be lunch along the way.

Back at the host branch, in addition to the final poker hand draw, will be entertainment, food, silent auction, raffles, door prizes, 50/50 draw, bike judging and trophies.

Participants are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl which covers the cost of registration and breakfast which is at 8 a.m. at the Penticton Legion.

There is a $10 fee for each poker hand people want to purchase.

Toy and donation boxes are being placed at all four legion branches to give other members of the communities an opportunity to contribute.

Riders and passengers are encouraged to pre register at the Penticton legion website to be entered in a special draw and to see ride updates and route maps.

For more information contact Peter Kozak at 250-486-1976 or email


Santa is expected to join the second annual Penticton Royal Canadian Legion Christmas in July Toy Run and Poker Derby July 22 in support of the South Okanagan Women in Need Society. Mark Brett/Western News

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