Saturday July 6th. Heaviest fog of the year. Fantastic!! Why??
Why is a fog fantastic? Because fog in the morning almost always clears (sooner or later) to give a great flying day. Just what we needed for the Poker Run. It was after 9:00am before the first participants got away from Watts, but pilots from other airfields in the district were already in the air, chasing down that illusive winning hand.
First to arrive at Poker Central was Frank Francis from Gatton - Winner for 2010 - and with a Pair of Aces he was setting a cracking pace for the other contestants. From then on more and more aircraft appeared on the horizon - usually from the direction of Kilcoy, the last airfield to be clear of the blanketing fog. As always plenty of hospitality was on offer with generous lashings of BBQ treats, tasty soup and endless coffee and cake.
At the end of the day there were in excess of 30 players, making it the most successful poker run in the 10+ years the event has been conducted. But in the end there can be only one winner.
And the winner of the BVSAC Fun Fly Poker Run 2013 was Martin Hurst from Gatton with a winning hand of a Pair of Aces and a Pair of 3's. Marty was accompanied on the round by his wife Kerry flying in their Europa.
As the sun set, the Aerobatics Club took over with Christmas In July festivities taking centre stage. Drinks and nibbles gave way to a generous three course traditional Christmas Dinner. What a great way to end a great day!
July sees the return of two popular events at Watts Bridge. The Brisbane Valley Sport Aviation Club's Fun Fly Poker Run and the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Aerobatics Club's Christmas In July. The poker run encourages pilots to do a fly to some of the local airfields, collect a card and ultimately arrive at Watts for a BBQ lunch. A modest trophy is awarded to the luckiest poker player.
That evening celebrate Christmas In July, guaranteed to drive away the winter chills. Three courses of fine dining served up in the aerobat's club rooms. Simply download the posters for all the information.