Henry County Water Run cashes in a successful event

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HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. — Hundreds came out Saturday to celebrate an unofficial holiday in West Tennessee and for the chance at a royal flush. That’s the Way I “Lake” It was the theme for the 18th annual Paris-Henry County Chamber Water Run. “This was an opportunity to forge a false holiday weekend and have the big rush come down here to Paris Landing,” Chamber President Tony Lawrence said More than 300 people participated in the water fun run that ended with a poker competition. “They are going around and have seven stops and then two party boats, and they have to get at least five stamps but can get more, and then they come here and get their poker hand,” Chamber Vice President of Tourism Michele Atkins said. Three different teams gambled for a $500 cash prize in hopes of attaining the highest hand. But everyone’s favorite part of the day? Being out on the lake. “We are so thrilled to have not only a local event but that we get so many out-of-state, out-of-county folks. That’s one of our favorite things about it,” Executive Director Jennifer Wheatley said. “Sometimes they may have one resort they really like, and on this day they go visit all the resorts.” Officials said they are still adding up just how much money the event brought into the local economy.

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