MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The charity ride at this year’s Northern Thunder Motorcycle Rally will benefit the Minnesota Military Family Foundation.

Northern Thunder is part of Mystic Lake’s Hot Summer Fun series, a series of events that takes place through Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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Founded in 20014, the MMFF works to financially support deployed Minnesotans and their families.

The ride is designed as a game of poker.

Each rider will be given a playing card when they begin the ride and when they finish. Three cards will also be handed out at three stops along the route.

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The five riders will the best poker hands will receive free slot play at Mystic Lake.

Mystic Lake will also donate $15 per ride and $10 per passenger.

Northern Thunder takes place Aug. 21 through 23.

It includes free outdoor contests, slow bike races, hot rods, games and appearances by celebrities such as Eric Estrada.

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Northern Thunder is open to people of all ages. For more information, visit Mystic Lake online.