Paris ready for Founder’s Day, and a parade of Packards

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PARIS – The 29th annual Founder’s Day to support the Hannibal Hamlin Library and Museum in Paris will be held Saturday.

The showpiece of the charity event is the Bahre collection of antique and classic cars. The collection, housed in the birthplace of Hannibal Hamlin, Abraham Lincoln’s first vice president, is open once a year to the public at the Founder’s Day event.

The collection consists of more than 50 vehicles, including one of the world’s finest collections of Packards. The Packard collection features Dietrich V-windshield body styles and LeBaron V-windshield body styles on the Packard 12 chassis for 1932-34, the one-off front-wheel-drive prototype sedan, a 1906 Model S touring car and other specialty Packards.

The collection highlights American classics such as Duesenbergs, V-16 Cadillac, Stutz, Graham-Paige, and Auburn 12; foreign classics such as Delahaye, Isotta Fraschini, Hispano-Suiza, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Benz and Alfa-Romeo; and an eclectic grouping of brass-era cars (including two electric cars), a Tucker, a Harley-Davidson and later-model sports cars. Along with the vehicles there is an antique doll and toy collection, horse-drawn carriages, player piano, old phonographs, table-top instruments and a jukebox.

Founder’s Day festivities include music and entertainment, horse and wagon rides and a crafts and food fair. The charity event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Paris Hill, rain or shine. Admission to the Bahre collection is $8 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. All proceeds will be donated to the library and museum. Group rates are available.

Information and directions to Founder’s Day are available from the Hamlin Memorial Library at (207) 743-2980 and online at www.hamlin.lib.me.us.

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