September 18, 2012
Several hundred people came out to enjoy a day filled with fun and enjoyed looking and voting for their favorite vehicles. There were a total of sixty two classic cars, custom cars, street rods, muscle cars, vintage cars, trucks and even motorcycles at the 3rd Annual University of Maine at Fort Kent Classic and Custom Car Show this past weekend in Fort Kent. The event was held on the University's campus in the main parking area.
A local DJ filled the area with music, while two non-profit groups provided food for the crowd. A local artist even painted faces. The car show was an international event hosting guests from Canada. We had a 1968 Dodge Charger from New Hampshire show up and display.
The classic and custom car show continues to be sponsored by Valley Auto of Fort Kent. The crew from Valley Auto organized the judging of the vehicle entries and awarded nineteen trophy prizes. There were nine categories, including Muscle Car; Classic Car; Custom Truck; Classic Truck; Most Factory Original Entry; People's Choice Muscle Car; People's Choice Classic Car; People's Choice Truck; People's Choice Motorcycle; and People's Choice Street Rod.
Classic Truck Category: 1st Place: Maynard Ouellette from Fort Kent (1956 GMC Pickup); 2nd Place: Peter Michaud from Wallagrass (1963 Studebaker); 3rd Place: Mark and Carrie Doody from Caribou (1979 Dodge Pickup ‘Midnight Express')
Classic Car Category: 1st Place: Dwight Stickles from Caribou (1939 Chevy Business Coupe); 2nd Place: Ronald and Lillian Carter from Madawaska (1957 Chevy Bel Air); 3rd Place: Russell Boucher from Fort Kent (1964½ Ford Mustang)
Classic Muscle Car Category: 1st Place: James Charette from Rochester, New Hampshire (1968 Dodge Charger); 2nd Place: Real Hebert from Madawaska (1966 Pontiac GTO): 3rd Place: Ron Dionne from Madawaska (1967 Pontiac GTO)
Custom Truck Category: 1st Place: Guy Nadeau from St. Francois, New Brunswick (1961 Willys Pickup); 2nd Place: William Oakes from St. Francois, New Brunswick (1940 Ford Pickup); 3rd Place: Mark Gagnon from Fort Kent (1930 Ford Pickup)
Most Factory Original: Lee Ouellette from Fort Kent (1966 International Truck)
People's Choice Classic Car: Ronald and Lillian Carter from Madawaska (1957 Chevy Bel Air)
People's Choice Muscle Car: Ron Dionne from Madawaska (1967 Pontiac GTO)
People's Choice Truck: William Oakes from St. Francois, New Brunswick (1940 Ford Pickup)
People's Choice Motorcycle: Bert Boutin ‘TBert' from Fort Kent (2009 Harley Davidson)
People's Choice Street Rod: Daniel Dufort from Packington, Quebec (1927 Chrysler Coupe)
The following businesses donated items to the classic and custom car show: Valley Auto, Al's Dairy Freeze, Daigle Oil, Key Bank, Pelletier Ford, Roy Auto Parts, The Swamp Buck Restaurant, and TD Bank.
The coordinator of the car show John Metz has related that the car show this year was amazing. A special "Thanks" to everyone involved. The UMFK employees, sponsors, and twenty event volunteers worked together to provide a great time for everyone involved.