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By Elisabeth Monaghan

Springtime marks the return of some of the Wheat Ridge community’s most popular activities, the 44th Avenue Rumble – Cruise and Poker Run among them. Now in its fourth year (or sixth, if you count the two years it was called “the Harlan Street Rumble”), the event will take place on May 12. Whether someone collects cars or simply enjoys looking at them, this event is always a hit. In previous years, the Rumble has taken place on a Sunday, but because this year’s event would have conflicted with Mother’s Day, it will be on Saturday. Registration for participants and vendor set-up starts at 7 a.m. at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St., in Wheat Ridge, with the park opening to the public at 8 a.m. As with years past, there will be about 200 automobiles, including classics, hot rods and muscle cars on display. The Poker Run begins at 11 a.m., during which, participants will draw playing cards at each stop along way. At the end of the Poker Run, the individual with the best hand wins.

Restaurants along the route will offer food and drink specials until the event ends. Following the Poker Run, which is expected to end around 1 p.m., prizes will be awarded at Anderson Park. There will also be a variety of prizes for winners of the car show.

Grammy’s Goodies will be on hand to provide food and beverages for purchase. Additionally, there will be live music and vendors. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wheat Ridge High School’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) programs.

While there is no entry fee, participants are required to register.

For more information on the 44th Street Rumble, visit