Bulletin Staff Report

The Heartland Cruisers have a busy first week of June planned, starting with its monthly gathering Tuesday night at Sonic Drive-In in Early and wrapping up with the annual Heartland Rod Run on June 6-7.

Next weekend’s Rod Run has been moved from its usual location at Riverside Park to the Early Chamber of Commerce building next to Pate’s Hardware, but more than 200 vehicles are still scheduled to be on hand to compete for a total of 35 trophies and prize money totaling $3,500.

The weekend’s activities will open with a “poker run” with registration from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Early City Hall parking lot. The cost will be $5 per hand, and proceeds will go to The Rainbow Room operated by Texas Child Protective Services. Maps taking players to Bruner Motors, Stanley Chrysler-Dodge, Big Country Ford, the two Sonic Drive-Ins on Early Boulevard and Austin Avenue as well as Early City Hall will be available there. Participants are not required to have a classic vehicle or hot rod to play.

The car show will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 6, and awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m., according to coordinator Wayne Creel. The show requires no entry fee, and O’Reilly Auto Parts is sponsoring first and second place trophies for vehicles in each decade from 1900 through 2000.

Live entertainment sponsored by the Brown County New Car Dealers Association will feature Rockin’ Rick and the Corvettes. They will be on stage at Early’s Sonic Drive-In from 7 to 10 p.m. next Saturday.

The Army’s rock climbing wall will be on hand, along with a large air slide and bounce room for youngsters.

“Come see hot rods, custom cars and classic Detroit iron,” Creel said. “You don’t have to have a hot rod or classic car to come and enjoy the best vintage tin and oldies music. All you need is a love for chrome, custom paint and horsepower.”

On Tuesday, Heartland Cruisers’ monthly gathering featuring a variety of prizes for collectible or classic cars, trucks and motorcycles will be held at the Early Sonic from 6 to 9 p.m.