Being a first timer at the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run hosted at Blood River Landing in Springfield, La., was a one-of-a-kind experience. I don’t know if there’s a better way to describe it. And whether I return in 2020 or the year after, the next time around I won’t be so wide-eyed and I’ll have a much better lay of the land along with a deeper appreciation for crawfish boils.
Being a newbie, I asked as many people as I could to “tell me about Tickfaw.” It was an easy icebreaker, which is useful for a journalist. Plus it allowed me to learn more about the event and what people enjoy most about it.
There were some easier interviews—take boaters I’ve known for years such as Southern California’s John Caparell and Devin Wozencraft, who rode together in Wozencraft’s 30-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran, and Alabama’s Mike and Angela Goldbaugh, who brought their motorhome and 36-foot Skater, Late Fee$ X2, to what’s easily their favorite event of the year.
The Goldbaughs said it’s the friendships they’ve made at the event that brings them back every year. They said they enjoy the fun stops, too, but it’s really the hanging out at Blood River Landing and the hospitality they experience there that makes the event so unique.