Show n’ Shine will go on

Gloria Austin, Special to The County
10 years ago

HOULTON, Maine — Lots of fun is planned for this weekend’s 15th annual Show n’ Shine event held at the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum in Littleton.
The Saturday and Sunday show is free to the public and the participants and is scheduled rain or shine. The Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum will also be opened throughout the weekend and tours will be given for a nominal fee.

“The show is able to be free of cost because of the support of so many sponsors,” said Tim McAtee, one of the organizers of the weekend show. “It is a community event, which draws many people into the area.”
Last year, more than 200 participated in the event.
“We are hoping to exceed that number this year,” said McAtee.
The unofficial start to the weekend begins Friday night with the Cruise Night held each week at Tim Hortons, followed by a bonfire.
Saturday is “Fun Day” with car games, music and an afternoon ice cream cruise. The day starts at 10 a.m. and pre-registration will be held all day for the Sunday Show n’ Shine.
“We will have our regular car games,” McAtee said. “There will be a dee-jay and plenty of door prizes to give away.”
The infamous teeter-totter and blind-drive games will be played on Saturday, along with a parking game and other kid games. During the day vehicles for the Sunday show begin to move onto the museum grounds to join the antique tractors that are already on display.
At 2 p.m., an ice cream cruise is scheduled to Houlton Farms Dairy. Anyone can participate in this activity whether they have a vintage car or not. The group will start from the museum enjoying a “back road” cruise to HFD, arriving around 2:30-2:45 p.m.
On Saturday night, a roast beef supper will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum and a bonfire will follow at a North Country Cruiser member’s home.
On Show Day, a Sunday breakfast will be offered at 7 a.m. at the food booth located on the museum grounds and then registration for the Show n’ Shine will be from 9 a.m. to noon. During the day, there will be lots of give-aways and music to liven up the festivities.
The show begins at 10 a.m. with judging of the cars, with awards will be presented in 20-plus classes on Sunday around 2 p.m. There will be three trophies given in each class, along with the Participants’ Choice, People’s Choice, Best of Show and the President’s Memorial awards.
“There is something for everyone,” said McAtee. “There are un-restored antiques to $100,000 show pieces on the grounds.”
The Under Construction class is interesting because it is project vehicles, said McAtee.
“These are not vehicles that are run every day,” he said. “It is strictly to show others what you are building.”
Not to leave out the children, there is a Kid’s Stuff class, as well.
“The class is to showcase whatever a child has built,” said McAtee.
It can range from a pedal car to a soap box derby car. It can be a model they put together to whatever their imaginations hold.
“We want to get kids interested and taking pride in what they have built,” McAtee added. “It may not be perfect, but I built it.”
Other classes include classic cars and trucks from the pre-50s to the present; muscle cars, street rods, Corvettes, special interest, big rigs, foreign and more.
During the weekend show, the North Country Cruisers, a local car club, will be selling T-shirts with the “Little General Store” featured on them, as well as club members cars. The shirts are $10 each.
Once the show is done, McAtee wants people to know they do not hibernate until spring.
“We have around 15 families in the club,” he said. “We may not be a big organization, but it’s a pretty hard core bunch. We will be doing a leaf-peeping cruise, Cruisin’ For Kids campaign (to help those less fortunate at Christmastime) and Moosestompers. We keep fairly busy.”
At this weekend’s show, anyone who brings a small unwrapped toy(s) to be donated to the Cruisin’ For Kids campaign will receive a free hot dog and drink at the food booth.
Editor’s Note: Event coordinator Tim McAtee died unexpectedly Tuesday morning. The event is going to carry on this weekend in his memory. A dedication will be held in his honor during the event.