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Community gets revved up for Orrington car show

Cars lined-up at the 5th annual East Orrington Congregational Church Car Show. Funds raised at the show will go towards heating assistance for Orrington residents.
Courtesy of Jodi Hersey

By Jodi Hersey

Special to The Weekly

Members of the East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) are hoping for a heavenly turnout at this year’s annual EOCC car show. This is the seventh year the church on Johnson Mill Road has held a benefit car show to raise funds for heating assistance for Orrington residents. It’s an event that was created and organized by one of its own members, George Smith.

“I’m hoping to raise nine or $10,000,” said Smith. “The community gets every cent we raise and every little bit helps.”

Last year, the car show raised a little over $12,000. Skip Curtis, a fellow church member, has attended the show in years past. He said Smith is the driving force behind this great community event.

“George is absolutely incredible. This car show is a passion of his and it’s awesome to watch him work because in truth he should be taking it easy, but his love of old cars and God is what keeps him going,” explained Curtis. “As soon as this show ends, he’ll start working on next year’s car show.”

Smith said ever since he was a youngster he has been fascinated by old cars, especially Ford Mustangs.“I pulled my first engine out of a car and rebuilt it at 12 years old and it really did run,” explained Smith.

As he’s gotten older, Smith has given up tinkering and restoring classic cars. However, he still enjoys attending car shows and eyeing some of the great classics from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s being enjoyed by today’s motorists.

“I do enjoy cars and car people. I’m a fan of any car that’s well taken care of,” he said. “This is just something you can have fun at and raise money at the same time.”

The EOCC car show will take place on 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12  Trophies will be awarded to the top 20 vehicles, all of which will be selected by the registered participants. One trophy will also be given out to the vehicle chosen as Best of Show and one set of wheels will receive the Pastor’s Award.

Registration is $5 per vehicle and will take place 8-11 a.m. Gates open to the public at 9 a.m.

For more information on the EOCC car show or upcoming events at the church, log onto www.eoccmaine.com.

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