19th Annual Cruize-inJune 30, 2008 - TRCIt was a great day for a cruize-in on Sunday and more than 90 vehicles drove in to the JSI Store Fixtures parking lot to attend the 19th Annual Penquis Cruizers’ Cruize-In. "This was a good year for us," said Penquis Cruizers president Fred Worcester. "We've been here on cool days, hot days, cloudy days, sunny days and we have a very faithful following. I don't know what it is that people like about our show but they keep coming back," he stated. People traveled from as far away as Blaine, Norrigewock, Beddington, and Fredericton Junction, New Brunswick, to attend this year's event.Tom and Jo Carr arrived in their 1966 Plymouth Belvedere from Wickenburg, Arizona, and Peter Walsh drove in in a 2008 Corvette from Gainesville, Florida. Granted they didn't drive that far just for the show but it is evident that the event is a big attraction in the area. The Longest Distance Award was presented to Phil Nason who drove 185 miles from Fredericton, New Brunswick, in his 1987 Buick Grand National.There were many street rods in attendance as well as antiques, muscle cars, pickups, and foreign cars. Walsh's 2008 and Worcester's 2008 Ford Mustang were the newestvehicles; Alan Jewett's 1925 Ford and Jeff Storman's 1927 Ford roadster street rod were among the oldest. Those participating in the event selected John Jones' 1964 Dodge 880 Station Wagon, which was driven from Orland, as the Favorite Cruizer of the day. Ben Wallace, Dexter, attended with his family in a 1948 Chevy Suburban and took home theaward for a vehicle "In Restoration." Wallace has won the award before at the show but continues to make improvements every year.National Street Rod Association inspectors offered free 23 point inspections throughout the day. This event was a new addition to the Cruize-In this year. At the end of the day, the inspectors presented an NSRA Safety Award to Ed Herrick of Otis for his 1952 Chevy Pickup. Games held during the day included a Bumper Ball contest where participants try to back their vehicle up as close as possible to a post with a ball on the top using only their mirrors and their good judgment. The person coming closest to the post without knocking the ball off is declared the winner. First place went to Eric Crochere, Charleston, who managed to come within 1 and 1/2 inches from the post; second place to Mike Barriault of Brownville Junction with a distance of 3 inches; third place to Joe Cleaves of Dexter who came within 3 and 1/2 inches of the post.In the Rap Contest, in which participants rev their engines and a decibel reading is taken behind the vehicle to see whose vehicle is the loudest, is always a popular event. This year Larry Levenseller of Dexter took first place; his souped up lawn tractor registered 114 decibels. Bub Shorey of East Dover took second place with his 1957 Pontiac Star Chief which registered 112 decibels and Darren Colbry of Dover took third place with a reading of 105 decibels with his truck. A 50-50 raffle was held and Norma Artus, Milo, took home $163. The club raffled a lighted tire clock; Jan Kekacs of Stratford, Connecticut, won that item.A number of car clubs were represented at the Cruize-In. The Central Maine Street Rod club took home the "Best Appearing Club" award as they had 10 membersparticipate with their vehicles. Other clubs represented include the Dusters, the Knucklebusters, Highway Legends, and the Coastal Antique Auto Club.The Cruizers have deemed this 19th show another success. This year the group received a helping hand from members of the Milo Elementary PTO. "This is the beginning of a joint venture in which we hope the PTO will be able to take on more responsibility - and take home a bigger percent of the profits - over the next year or two and eventually they will host the show on their own," Cruize-In organizer Susan Worcester reported. "We've had another very successful day. The Cruize-In brings about the same number of vehicles to Milo every year, weather permitting. This year we registered over 90 vehicles. Our group is ready to teach another organization how to take over the show and raise money to benefit projects for the PTO." Worcester also thanks the area businesses who continue to provide gift certificates and items for their auction every year. "Even in these difficult economic times, we continue to garner a great deal of support from businesses in the area. This year generous donations were received from Pat's Pizza of Orono, Tradewinds, Field of Dreams, Bailey Lumber, The Junction, Milo Exxon, Elaine's Basket Cafe, C & J Variety, Three Rivers Feed and Redemption, Richard Grant Used Cars, Cat Trax, Graves Service Station, Ed & Ellen DeWitt, S & L Auto Parts, and J & S Furniture. Those donations add greatly to the profit we realize each year," Worcester said. Worcester also thanks JSI Store Fixtures who generously provide the location for the Cruize-In to take place and Paul Davis who volunteered to serve as auctioneer for the day when the scheduled auctioneer was forced to cancel.NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.