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Orrington church heats things up with classic car show

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ORRINGTON - The East Orrington Congregational Church on the Johnson Mill Road has a large group of regulars and visitors that attend service each week. But this time of year, the church also attracts a large array of classic car owners. That's because for the third year in a row, the church is holding a classic car show to raise funds for heating assistance for its neighbors in need.

"I'm the one who came up with the idea of a car show," said George Smith, churchgoer and car show organizer. "One day I was watching the news and saw some people lost their lives due to a fire trying to heat their place unsafely. I just started to try and think of something I could do to help any way I could."

As it turned out, church members didn't have to look far to find those in need of a helping hand.

"We raised close to $5,000 at last year's car show and every penny went back into the community this past winter," explained Reverend Carl Schreiber. "The last few years the need has grown and the price of oil is so much higher than it was that what we were able to do just five years ago, we can now only do half that amount."

That's why Smith and Reverend Schreiber are hoping this year's event raises a minimum of $5,000.

"I'd like to see $6,000 this year. That's my goal but a lot who gave in the past, can't give so I'll be tickled pink for anything over $5,000," said Smith.

Registration for the Aug. 17 car show is $5 for participants and $2 for spectators. Trophies will be awarded to the top 20 vehicles as well as Best GM, Best Mopar, Best Ford, Best Compact plus Best of Show and Pastor's Award. There will also be free T-shirts to the first 50 entrants.

"Car shows are pretty popular anyways, but people who sponsor car shows like the idea of having it be a charity event rather than a business event," said Schreiber.

For more information on the East Orrington Congregational Church car show, contact George Smith at (207) 745-4864 or via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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