The Jaycees won’t be holding a haunted house this year, but it has nothing to do with the lawsuit filed against the organization last year, according to past president Dale Sneed.
Instead of a haunted house, the Jaycees are holding a poker run this Saturday, Oct. 8, starting at 10 a.m. The run will begin at the VFW and have three stops before ending at the Eagles Club in Rock Island.
“This will be one day’s work instead of about 30 days,” said Sneed. “By the time you set it up, take it down, and then work it, it takes about 30 days to pull off a haunted house, maybe more.”
Sneed says that’s the overriding reason for going with a poker run this year. Last year’s incident that resulted in a lawsuit did not factor into the equation, he said.
The incident in question involved a boy who was scared by a chainsaw character at the haunted house. In running away from the character, the boy fell down and broke his arm.
“The case was settled out of court and never made it to trial,” said Sneed. “Our insurance covered everything so it didn’t hurt the Jaycees. Hopefully we can come back and have a haunted house next year. We know a lot of people enjoy it.”
Sneed says if people are eager to support the Jaycees, they can participate in tomorrow’s poker run.
It’s scheduled to leave the VFW at 10 a.m., travel to Crisp Springs Market on Old Shelbyville Road, Time Out bar in Dibrell, Prater’s BBQ in Morrison, and then the Eagles Club.
A concert with Outlaw X is scheduled at the Eagles Club from 6 to 10 p.m.
“Motorcycles, cars, anything that’s road legal can participate in the poker run,” said Sneed. “All proceeds go to our Christmas party which benefits underprivileged children.”