Classic cars come to Farmington

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FARMINGTON – The Country Classics Car Club will once again show the beauty and design of a variety of automobiles with their 19th annual car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at the Farmington Fairgrounds.

With 21 classes and models from 1900 to 1977 and later, there will be muscle cars, Roadrunners, Thunderbirds, Corvettes, street rods and imports, member Junior Turner said Friday.

The show averages more than 200 vehicles with participants from throughout Maine, Canada and New Hampshire, he said. It’s not too late to register. Participants may bring their vehicles Sunday for registration from 8 to 11 a.m. No admission is charged for participants.

The special feature this year, club President Judy Ellis said, will be 1957 autos of any make or model because it is their 50th anniversary.

The trophy for Best of Show will be given in memory Paul DiStefano, a former member who died earlier this year, Paul DiStefano, Turner said. His daughters will present the trophy to the winner.

“We try to keep the show simple and informal. It’s there for everyone,” Ellis said. “The public judges who will win the best of show, and participants judge each other’s vehicles except those in their own class.”

Along with the cars, free flea market space is available for vendors, the Farmington firefighters will open their food booth, and raffles and door prizes are available.

This year, just inside the gate off Maple Avenue, a large flea market will be held. Backed by the fair association, Turner said, this will help with expenses for restoration of the Red School House. The schoolhouse and museum will also be open for those attending the car show.

Local businesses have sponsored all the trophies, Turner said. Each of the 21 classes will have a first-, second- and third-place winner.

The Country Classics Car Club, with 60-plus members, stays active throughout the year with spring and fall car trips and sightseeing, as well as occasional get-togethers with other clubs, he said.

Club members also provide Thanksgiving meals and Christmas gifts for families in need as well, in addition to bringing toys to the local hospital.

A toy-run is being planned, in conjunction with other clubs for this year, Ellis said.

Club members have a variety of vehicles, he said, everything from hot rods to custom 4 x 4 trucks, military vehicles, as well as the traditional antique cars.

Admission to the show Sunday is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for those under 12. For more information about the club or show, phone 778-6659.

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