Paraphrasing humorist and author Mark Twain, rumors concerning the death of the Wild Hog Music Festival and Motorcycle Rally are greatly exaggerated. So says organization spokesman Wayne Boals.
Though much smaller in scope, Boals reports that the Wild Hog is still alive and kicking.

Paraphrasing humorist and author Mark Twain, rumors concerning the death of the Wild Hog Music Festival and Motorcycle Rally are greatly exaggerated. So says organization spokesman Wayne Boals.

Though much smaller in scope, Boals reports that the Wild Hog is still alive and kicking.

Each April for the past 16 years, the air in the Helena-West Helena community has been filled with the sound of thousands of motorcycle engines reviving as bikers filed into town the fourth weekend of the month for almost three full days and nights of music and motorcycle-oriented activities.

To keep that tradition alive, Boals and the Wild Hog gang have come up with a scaled-down version of the popular event. This years festivities, said Boals, will feature the popular motorcycle poker run and a Cajun Cookout on Saturday. The Memphis Yahoos will provide the musical entertainment.

"While this event is not of the same magnitude of the biker rallies of past years, we wanted to continue events drawing bikers and the general public to Helena-West Helena," said Boals, "not only to our event but also to the many other events happening in our area this weekend.

Activities at the Wild Hog Saloon will begin at 9 a.m. Sausage, biscuits, coffee and the usual breakfast offerings will be served.

Registration for the poker run is $20. The first bike out will be at noon and the last bike will be in by 3 p.m. The winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. The poker run route will wind its way through the county beginning at the Wild Hog Saloon. There will be stops at five different business establishments along the way where participants will have their cards validated and will wind up back at the saloon to draw cards. Holders of the best and worst poker hands will receive cash prizes.

Everyone registering for the poker run will receive a Wild Hog t-shirt and two poker run sheets. The event is open to solo participants or riders with a passenger.

No bike? No problem. You can register and travel the poker run route in the vehicle of your choice and still be eligible to win the best or worst hand.

For seafood lovers, the Cajun Cookout will begin at 3:30. It is open to anyone who loves crawfish and all the trimmings. The grills also will be fired up for something not frequently served in the Arkansas Delta – Andoullie and Boudin sausages. The crawfish and trimmings will be available in two serving sizes, a $10 plate or a much larger $20 flat. Those selecting the flat will also receive a Wild Hog t-shirt.

Musically, the Memphis Yahoos will crank it up at 5 p.m. They will perform classic rock tunes until 10 p.m.

Boals pointed out that while the poker run is motorcycle-oriented, the cookout and the music is for the general public.

"There is no cover charge and no wristband is required," stated Boals. "However, you must be age 21 or older."

For more information go to http://www.wildhogmusic.org/.