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Colorado Cruisers Poker Run hitting highway Saturday

Part of event’s poker pot will benefit local community members

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The 19th annual Colorado Cruisers Poker Run will take place Saturday, starting at The OP Bar and Grill. The organization for lovers of classic cars and motorcycles invites people on a drive around Northwest Colorado with the chance to win prizes based on cards collected during the day and to support the community efforts. The Cruisers will also host a car show as part of the Moffat County Balloon Festival in August.

Get your vehicle gassed up and get ready to ride.

The 19th annual Colorado Cruisers Poker Run gets up and running this Saturday. The yearly fundraiser for the group's community efforts starts at 11 a.m. at The OP Bar and Grill.

Those planning to ride in the event can sign up beginning at 9 a.m., with the drive around Northwest Colorado open to anyone who wants to travel it. The Cruisers' membership of vintage car and motorcycle collectors will be filling the region's roads with well-maintained hot rods, bikes and more.

A replica of an AC Cobra, a Dodge pickup and many other local favorites will be among the classic wheels heading down the highway for a ride that amounts to more than 100 miles on the odometer, as well as about five to six hours of scenery and good times.

"It's always a fun get-together," organizer Gary Lovejoy said.

Lovejoy said he expects to see more than 50 vehicles out and about enjoying the day.

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Riders pick up playing cards at spots along the way, including Steamboat Lake and Hayden’s Wolf Mountain Pizza, to name a few locations. The luck of the draw awards a payout to the top poker hands, be they a flush, straight, full house or otherwise once participants make their way back to The OP for dinner.

Part of the funds go to the participants and the rest are reserved for helping people in Craig and Moffat County in times of need, such as a family displaced by a house fire or someone struggling to afford hospital treatments.

Lovejoy said those involved with the Cruisers — who will also put together a car show as part of the Moffat County Balloon Festival in August — are always on the lookout for ways to assist others.

"We really want to give back to the community," he said.

For more information on the Poker Run route and registration, call 970-326-5641.

If you go

19th annual Colorado Cruisers Poker Run

11 a.m. Saturday

The OP Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way

— Registration begins at 9 a.m., with drivers traveling throughout Northwest Colorado. The cost is $10 per hand. Payouts will be given to those with the best hands, and proceeds will go toward the Cruisers’ community projects. For more information, call Gary Lovejoy at 970-326-5641.

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