FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
FALL HARBOR HOP COMBINES BOATS, POKER AND SCENIC BEAUTY
 AT THE LAKE OF THE OZARKS
Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. --  Visitors and locals alike will have another opportunity to cruise the Lake of the Ozarks - and win big prizes - during the 29th Annual Fall Harbor Hop poker hop on Saturday, Oct. 11. 

For this semi-annual fundraiser event, participants will "hop" by lake or by land to various waterfront checkpoints (there are over 40 businesses consisting primarily of bars, restaurants and marinas on the Hop) with the objective of completing the best poker hand (or hands). Most of the  businesses open at 11 a.m., though some open as early as 9 a.m.  Hours will vary from location to location, so participants should consult the list of participating businesses by going to the Harbor Hop website: FunLake.com/HarborHop.  Only poker hands turned in by 7 p.m. will be eligible for prizes.


While all the stops for the event are boater friendly, participants can enjoy the day, and the scenery, by land, driving from one location to the next.  "The Fall Harbor Hop happens at a time when the fall foliage around the Lake is undeniably beautiful," CVB Director of Member Services Heather Brown says.  "Many people make a full day of it, as the event lets them enjoy the food and fun of the Lake, all while taking in our beautiful scenery."


Brown expects as many as 2,500 participants at this year's event.  "Since it's close to Halloween," she says, "some of the groups come in costumes.  It adds a little something extra for them and for all of the others involved."


Players will begin their "hop" by making a suggested donation of $20 per hand and drawing their first card at any of the participating locations.  Six additional cards will be drawn for each hand as participants visit the various Harbor Hop locations around the Lake.  When the seventh card is drawn, the hand is complete and is turned in at that final location.  An additional card to help improve the hand can be obtained at that final location for a $5 donation. 


Prizes will be awarded for the top 10 poker hands at the Hop, as well as the four worst hands and 10 randomly selected winners. Winners will be notified by certified mail.  Section winners will also be recognized for those who complete their entire hand in one of these four sections:

  • Section I is the Gravois Arm of the Lake
  • Section II includes Bagnell Dam to the 10 mile marker on the Main Channel
  • Section III runs from the mile markers 13-26 on the Main Channel
  • Section IV includes mile markers 31-38 on the Main Channel and Big Niangua Arm
A complete list of locations for the Harbor Hop, the hours they will be open on the day of the Hop and complete event rules, are available at  FunLake.com/HarborHop, or by phone at the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).

For media assistance or high-resolution photography, please call The Beenders-Walker Group toll-free at 800-544-8474 or email Marjorie BeendersJo DuncanDeb Hendricks or Kyle Stewart.

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LAKE OF THE OZARKS TRI-COUNTY LODGING ASSOCIATION 

& CONVENTION AND VISITOR BUREAU

Phone: 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) Fax: 573-348-2293  

P.O. Box 1498  Osage Beach, MO 65065

Website: www.FunLake.com  Email: Info@FunLake.com  

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