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FARMINGTON – The leadership of the Aztec Boys & Girls Clubs hopes the organization's 17th annual Harley-Davidson raffle will be bigger than ever this weekend.

The raffle is the largest fundraiser the club does each year and helps pay for many of the organization's programs. So far, more than 1,800 tickets have been sold for this year's raffle, according to Michael Patch, the club's executive director.

He said people from as far away as Canada have bought tickets. After the first 1,500 tickets were sold, Michael Phillips of Litchfield Park, Ariz., won a 2016 Street Glide Special during the early bird drawing.

While one drawing has already taken place, the other five bikes will be given away during a drawing on Saturday at the Aztec Speedway.

This is the first year the event has been held at the speedway. In the past, the raffle has taken place at the Hiway Grill, located on Aztec Boulevard, but the grill closed in November. During a City Commission meeting on March 22, officials approved a conditional permit to turn the Aztec landmark into a daycare center that will serve 95 children. The center, known as Kiddie Kamp, is currently located at the corner of Blanco Street and Main Avenue.

In addition to the new location, the decision by the Aztec Boys & Girls Clubs to partner with the Aztec Speedway will allow for a much larger event. The speedway opened for the season last week, and its second racing program of the year will take place Saturday.

The activities will start at 9:45 a.m. in Farmington with a poker run. Track manager Mike Tenski explained that the poker run is a motorcycle event with five stops that ends at the speedway. At each stop, participants are given a playing card out of a deck.

"At the end of the run, whoever has the best hand wins $100," Tenski said.

Local bands will also perform during the event at the speedway.

Patch said he expects that the club will sell between 2,300 and 2,400 raffle tickets this year. The last two days tend to have large ticket sales, and last year, more than 400 tickets were sold over that time period.

"We just don't know what the last few days will bring," Patch said.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

 

If you go

What: Harley-Davidson raffle

When: Noon Saturday

Where: Aztec Speedway, 300 Legion Road

Raffle tickets: $100 or three for $250 

More info: www.aztecbg-club.com

 

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