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If you've been itching to get out on the snowmobile trails, this weekend is a great time to do it.

The Borderland Snowmobile Club will be holding its first “poker run” of the season on Saturday from Fort Frances to Emo.

Registration is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Fort Frances groomer shack on Eighth Street.

Lunch will take place at the Emo Inn and there also will be a pulled pork supper, sponsored by Cloverleaf Grocery, after the ride.

Don't have a trail pass? No worries—a one-day event pass will be available for $35.

“We are hoping for 35-50 riders and hope the nice weather holds out,” said club president John Homer.

Homer noted the trail from here to Emo is now groomed and open, and Rainy Lake now is staked.

“[There is] no trail east of Rainy yet though,” he said.

“I believe the groomer has been part-way from Emo to Nestor but the trail has not been declared open yet,” Homer added.

“It's all weather dependent.”

The club also is looking for volunteers to help with signage and brushing the trails.

Following this week's poker run, local sledders next are going to Atikokan for its annual “Snowarama” event on the weekend of Jan. 26.

“We are also doing a two-night overnight on Feb. 8-10 to Perch Lake Resort on Friday night, and then riding into Atikokan for a poker ride, spending [the] night in a hotel and [then] back to Fort on Sunday,” Homer said.

“We already ran a young drivers' course on Dec. 22 at Badiuk's and will run one again sometime in February, hopefully,” he added.

For more info any of the club's events, call Homer at 274-6688 or visit the club's Facebook page.

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