Classic car show among activities at St. Albans Summerfest

Posted July 07, 2011, at 6:48 p.m.

ST. ALBANS, Maine — Local automobile fanatics will have a chance to check out their favorite classic rides here next weekend as the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a classic car show at Thundering Valley Raceway on July 16.

The car show is part of St. Albans’ annual Summerfest celebration, which runs July 15-17. The rain date for the show is July 17.

The car show is being dubbed “Thunder in the Valley” and will feature rides from a plethora of decades.

Show registration will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 16, with competition slated from noon to 4 p.m. Preregistration for the show is not required.

Nathan Anderson, owner of Thundering Valley Raceway, believes that his racetrack is the perfect place to hold the show.

“It’s a chance for us to showcase our place,” said Anderson. “We’re looking forward to showing it off.”

The competition portion of the program will feature a live radio remote from Bangor and Ellsworth radio station WWMJ, 95.7-FM, sponsored by Hartley’s Auto Mall, Coveside Wheel and Ski, Thundering Valley Raceway and the Chamber of Commerce.

Trophies will be presented to first-, second- and third-place finishers in categories such as antiques, street rods, classic sports cars, pickups, motorcycles, foreign sports cars, go karts and pulling lawn mower.

Local fire departments also are invited to show off their emergency response vehicles and participate in a tug-of-war.

With those attractions, Anderson anticipates a healthy turnout.

“There’s a great [deal of] interest out there,” he said, adding that officials at the racetrack and the Chamber of Commerce collaborated on the car show idea.

“We thought it was a great idea,” Anderson said.

Brenda Seekins of the Chamber of Commerce is hopeful the car show will become a new staple in St. Albans’ Summerfest.

“Pairing it with Summerfest kind of adds to the tradition,” she said.

Awards also will be distributed in the categories farthest traveled, oldest and best in show, and a concession stand will be selling cold drinks and goodies throughout the day.

The entry fee for the competition is $5 for the car, the driver and a guest of the driver, while admittance for spectators is $2 for adults. Children ages 10 and under get in free.

In addition to the car show, several other events are planned for Summerfest .

On July 15, a baked ham supper will be served at the Grange Hall from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., while a concert featuring Wilf Clark and the Misty Mountaineers will commence at 7.

July 16’s activities get started with a breakfast being served by the St. Albans Fire Department from 6 to 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under.

There’s a full slate of things to do after breakfast, including a horseshoe tournament, which starts at 9 a.m.; a parade; a chicken barbecue at 11 a.m., courtesy of the Hartland-St. Albans Lions Club; a rubber chicken throwing contest; sack, canoe and kayak races; and a pie eating contest. Activities for children will also be available, including the popular children’s money and toy piles, starting at 11:30.

The day will finish off with a fire department pig roast at 5 p.m., another Wilf Clark concert at 7 and fireworks over Big Indian Lake at dusk.

Sunday’s festivities include morning worship at St. Albans Union Church at 10 a.m., followed by a free cookout, a concert featuring Fishers of Men at 12:30 p.m. and an afternoon show at 5:30 with the Sebasticook Valley Community Band at the dam on Big Indian Lake.

For information on the car show and all festival activities, call the chamber of commerce at 368-4698 or Thundering Valley Raceway at 938-3007.

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