WCCC 1st Annual Auto Swap Meet and 4th Annual Show N’ Shine

 CALAIS _ It is time to do some serious spring cleaning in your garage, basement or shed to collect all those motor parts that have been sitting around for the past decade. Once you are done, load up your trucks and trailers or just throw some stuff into a backpack and come to the Washington County Community College’s 1st Annual Auto Swap Meet and 4th Annual Show N’ Shine.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. The rain date is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 1.  The event will be held in the back parking lots at the college. Car, truck, trailer or table space rental will be $15 a space. Two spaces will be $25. “You can sell it out of your trunk or off the back of your truck, or set up a table,” said organizer Carleton Barnes of Calais.

And don’t just restrict your collection to automobile parts, because the swap meet is open to vehicles and parts alike including motorcycles, powersports parts, lawn mowers; you name it. “It is not just vehicles, it is about parts. If you have a bunch of motor parts that you want to trade out and swap well that is the time to do it,” Barnes added.

Let your imagination run wild. Are you a remote-controlled car/plane/helicopter aficionado? Well, bring them to the meet. Do you have old pistons or brake drums sitting around? Well, “Come on down!”

You can sell, swap or just barter whatever you need, so everyone is a winner. “Bargaining is the name of the game. We want people who come to bargain. I am bringing a whole trailer full of stuff including tires, motor parts, chrome bumpers and grills,” said Barnes.

Barnes said there is a lot of interest. He recently received a telephone call from a gentleman who said he was bringing a 14-foot truck. “He said he was going to load it up,” he added.

There also will be a corral where vehicles including cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, etc., will be on display.  “People can go into the corral and start it up and run it and make sure everything runs. If they decide they want to buy it, once the show is over they can take it out of the corral and test drive it,” Barnes said. 

In addition to the swap meet there also will be one of the finest antique cars and bike shows imaginable also going on that day.

Antique vehicles from both the United States and Canada will be on hand for enthusiasts who want a peek at the past. Barnes said he also has contacted several motorcycle groups who are eager to bring their hogs to display. There will be prizes for various categories and trophies made by the WCCC Automotive Class. 

“They are one of a kind, they are very unique,” Barnes said of the trophies. “They could be made out of pistons; they could be made out of connecting rods. They could be made out of anything automotive,” he said. The Show ‘N Shine part of the day will be run by organizer Ron O’Brien who is the college’s automotive instructor.

“We are going to have a fun, fun time,” Barnes promised.

WCCC President Joe Cassidy agreed. “It is going to be a fun day and we are pleased that this major event is being held here at the college. The college belongs to the residents of Washington County and this is just one of the ways they can enjoy our beautiful campus,” Cassidy said. 

Barnes said anyone who would like to rent space to sell or swap can contact him at 214-2440. Those who wish to enter an antique vehicle can contact O’Brien at 454-1065.