PARIS — The 39th annual Founder’s Day to support the Hamlin Library and Museum on Paris Hill Road will be held Saturday, July 15.

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

The collection of over 50 vehicles includes one of the world’s finest assemblages 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, 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.

Festivities include music, entertainment and a crafts fair.

Founder’s Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Paris Hill Green, rain or shine. Donations for admission to the Bahre Collection are $10 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. All proceeds from admissions will support the Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum.

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Scores of people came to see Bob Bahre’s antique car collection and other vehicles at Founder’s Day in 2016. Antique cars included this black 1931 Ford Model A, center, owned by Peter Edwards of West Paris. This year’s event is Saturday, July 15, at the green on Paris Hill Road, Paris.

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