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Penquis Cruize-In attracts hundreds

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 28, July 10, 2002

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PENQUIS CRUIZE-IN - Cars of every size and color showed up at the annual Cruize-In in Milo last weekend. Pictured here is a 1934 Ford pick-up built by Tom Van Dyne of Eddington.

MILO The cars streamed into Milo on June 30th, for the Penquis Cruizers 13th Annual Cruize-In. There were more than 100 cars and nearly 500 participants and spectators at the JSI Store Fixtures parking lot to enjoy the event. Vehicles ranged from a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser owned by Paul and Annette Fitzgerrald of Millinocket to a 1929 Fords belonging to Ken Laughlin of Cherryfield and Steve and Linda Saunders of Surry. Participants drove from as far away as Mayfield, New Brunswick; Presque Isle, and Peru to take part in the activities.

Award winners for the day include Sylvanus Pierce of Mars Hill who took home the Longest Distance award and also the Favorite Cruizer trophy. Pierce drove a 1967 Ford Fairlane from Mars Hill to attend the Cruize-In. The best represented club
at the Cruize-In was the Dusters, an antique auto club that has been active in the Penquis area for many years. Ben Wallace's 1948 Chevy convertible took the trophy for "Car In Restoration". The Rap Contest, which determines who has the loudest car, was won by Louis Soucier of Greenbush; second place winner was Tom Dyson of Ripley and Michael Barriault of Brownville Junction took the third place prize.

The group held a 50-50 raffle that netted winner Tom Van Dyne of Eddington $300. A Coca-Cola Diner Clock from the Danbury Mint was raffled by the Cruizers as well. Kat Soucier of Greenbush took home that prize.

As always an auction of new and used car related items and donations from local businesses was held. Those attending took home some great items - and some great bargains. Businesses who contributed to the auction were The Field of Dreams, 3 Rivers Feed & Redemption, Milo Exxon, S &L Auto Parts, World of Flags USA,Milo Farmers' Union, Bailey Lumber Company, Lakeview Realty, Simple Sacks, Maine Savings FCU, Salley's Auto Repair,DeWitt Real Estate, J & S Furniture, Graves' Service Station, Grant's Used Cars, C & J Variety, Total Image hair salon, Cat Trax, Dover Carquest, Pamola Motor Lodge,Cat's Corner, and Rowe Ford Westbrook.

Organizers Fred and Susan Worcester said that without the generous support of these local businesses the Cruize-In would not be nearly as successful as it has been.

The Penquis Cruizers have been in existance since 1990. The first year the club was formed members decided to see if they could attract vehicles to a show in the Milo area since its members had traveled around the state attending other shows and cruise-ins. They have held the event at the former Dexter Shoe Company, now JSI Store Fixtures, parking lot since 1991 and each year the event has been a success according to Cruize-In organizers.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.