4th Annual Show N' Shine

Carlton Barnes, of Calais, shows of some of the types of parts that will be at the Show N’ Shine/Auto Swap Meet to be held at the Washington County Community College on June 8. Everyone is invited to gather up all their automotive, snowmobile, lawnmower, motorcycle, small engine and ATV parts and bring them to swap, sell or trade. (WCCC photo)

CALAIS _ The 4th annual Show N’ Shine will be a little bit livelier this year with the addition of the first ever Auto Swap Meet to be held at the Washington County Community College on June 8th.
The event is sponsored by the Downeast Cruisers, a local antique and custom car club, and WCCC. All proceeds will go to the Automotive Department scholarship fund and local charities.
Calais car enthusiast Carlton Barnes came up with the Auto Swap Meet idea and consulted with WCCC Automotive Instructor Ron O’Brien. O’Brien thought it was a great idea.
So Barnes and O’Brien are inviting all car, motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV and small-engine enthusiasts to pull back the covers on all those hidden gems that have been stored this past winter, dig around for all those greasy motorized parts that have been languishing in garages and get ready to “show and sell” on Saturday June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
The St. Croix #1 Firehouse will be there selling hotdogs, water and chips.
Got some unused tires sitting in your garage? Bring them to the swap meet and trade them for an automotive part or another set of tires.  Got a used tailpipe from an old Harley? Bring it to the swap meet.
Everyone is invited to load up the back of their trucks or fill up their trailers and get ready to swap, sell or trade new and used parts. “This isn’t going to be a garage sale,” Barnes said. “It is going to be an automotive swap meet. So you can bring anything automotive and trade, sell or swap it, whatever you want to do.”
But there is more.
Do you have a car, motorcycle or lawnmower, watercraft, powersports to sell?  The swap meet is the place for you.
“We are going to place cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, lawnmowers, whatever inside what is called a Car Corral. People can come by and look at them, start them up and listen to them run,” Barnes said. “And if they want, they can buy them.” However, there won’t be any test driving during the hours of the show.  “Bring cars, tractors, anything you want,” he added.
Barnes said that he has been to other swap meets and thought that having one in Calais would benefit both the city and the college. “I thought why not bring something else to the Show N’ Shine at the college. To bring more cars, to bring more people and to bring more interest to the college,” he said.
And local businesses will be helped, Barnes said. “We want to show our appreciation to our local businesses because they do so much for the college and car shows,” he said. “If we can bring in people and they buy goods, buy gas, stop here, stop there it will benefit the city.”
In addition to the swap meet, the 4th annual Show N’ Shine portion of the event is expected to have more than 50 antique cars from Model T’s to late-model BMWs this year.
Although many of the vehicles are owned by Washington County people, some of the cars come from a distance.
In past years there have been cars from Ellsworth and Dover Foxcroft.  “It is according to the weather, the weather is key,” O’Brien said.
For more information, please contact Carlton Barnes at 214-2440.