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Cruisers will take over Telegraph Road Saturday for the annual Telegraph Cruise. The main event takes place from 9 a.m.to 9 p.m., but events are scheduled Thursday and Friday, including the Party Zone at the northwest corner of the intersection of Telegraph and Champaign roads in Taylor.
By BOB OLIVER
HEIGHTS — Car enthusiasts and the public alike are invited to the ninth annual Telegraph Cruise, which will be featured along Telegraph Road through Taylor, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn and Redford from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 27.
In Dearborn Heights, several businesses have announced plans for special event-related activities throughout the day, including parties or simply allowing visitors and cruisers to park in their lots to observe the show.
Mayor Dan Paletko said that he is looking forward to the annual show.
“We’re looking forward to another great event,” Paletko said. “Every year, we welcome these beautiful cars to Dearborn Heights, along with a host of spectators. It’s going to bring back fond memories for all of us.”
The bulk of the organized activity along Taylor’s stretch of Telegraph Road will focus on the Party Zone — which will run from Thursday through Saturday — as envisioned by organizers at Loor Productions. In partnership with WDRQ-FM 93.1 — which will host a word search contest with a $500 cash prize for cruisers who collect all seven words needed — the “Zone” offers vendor booths, a beer tent, live music and more in the parking lot on the northwest corner of Telegraph and Champaign roads.
Admission to the Party Zone is $5 per day, or $10 for a three-day pass. Parking for the Party Zone is $10 per day.
Loor Productions announced that the event will feature full city participation as a variety of events will be held, and trolleys will be among the cruisers to take participants up and down Telegraph. The cruise boundaries run from Pennsylvania Road to Puritan Avenue in Redford.
Several businesses along the corridor annually make parking lots available for cruisers and spectators, concessions and band stands.
For updated information on bands and events, go to www.telegraphcruise.com.
The city of Dearborn Heights released a list of recommendations for both cruisers and spectators.
For cruisers, the city recommends an adherence to posted traffic laws and to refrain from doing burnouts or engaging in street races. Cruisers also are warned to watch for pedestrians and spectators on roads and in parking lots.
For spectators, it is recommended that they stay a safe distance from the road, cross streets only at intersections, park in appropriate locations, take appropriate precautions for the weather and to refrain from alcohol consumption in public. Visitors also should drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages while outside in the heat.
Dearborn Heights Police Chief Lee Gavin said the department is prepared for the cruise but hopes that everyone remembers to keep safety in mind.
“We want everyone who comes to Dearborn Heights, whether as a cruiser or a spectator, to have a great time,” Gavin said. “But we want them to do it safely.”
He added that the DHPD will have step-up patrols throughout the cruise.
“We’re going to maintain a presence,” Gavin said. “We’ll have several officers on hand to help out where needed and to remind the motorists that they need to obey the traffic laws — as well as use some good common sense.”
Gavin also said that the officers will have a zero tolerance policy regarding alcohol consumption.
“The consumption of alcohol in vehicles or in public areas is strictly prohibited,” Gavin said.
(Bob Oliver can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)