Gearheads of all ages descended on the Home Depot parking lot Saturday morning for the annual Autumn Gold car show. A blustery wind chilled the air, but visitors could bask in the sun reflecting off more than 100 shiny paint jobs. Show highlights included visits from former NASCAR driver Andy Santerre and local racecar driver Wyatt Alexander. Young show-goers got to sit inside miniature racecars from the NASCAR Shriner’s Unit. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY CYNDI WOOD

Autumn Gold weekend another crowd-pleaser



ELLSWORTH — Yes, there was a nip in the air Saturday morning. But it served only to drive more chowder fans under the tasting tent at Harbor Park.

Soon enough, the sun shone through, drawing hundreds to the Car Show, Mill Mall, Maine Coast Mall, sidewalk sales and the aforementioned Chowderfest.

“This is Ellsworth’s weekend to shine and, with the beautiful fall weather, we welcomed hundreds of people to town to enjoy all the events and our city,” exclaimed Gretchen Wilson, executive director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, host of the weekend celebration.

“It was a tad windy, but for the most part I don’t believe it affected too many of the events, (except the boat rides, which were quieter than usual).”

The annual Chowderfest at Harbor Park drew a crowd of enthusiastic tasters and conscientious judges. The official judges and the Peoples Choice arbiters both gave top marks to the Union River Lobster Pot.
ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY STEPHEN FAY

The Chowderfest brought out an exceptionally large crowd. The came, they tasted, they judged. And in the judging they were, indeed, exceptional.

“I do not think I have (in my time) seen the judges pick the exact same winners straight across the board as the Peoples Choice,” Wilson observed.

Check it out:

Chowderfest Results:

Judges Choice Clam: Union River Lobster Pot; runner-up Atlantic Oceanside

Judges Choice Open: Maine Coast Memorial Hospital; runner-up Big Cat’s

Peoples Choice Clam: Union River Lobster pot; runner-up Atlantic Oceanside

Peoples Choice Open: Maine Coast Memorial; runner-up Big Cat’s

“It should be noted,” Wilson added, “that the judges are blind to which restaurant they are tasting. Only which category the chowder is in.”

Entertainment at the Chowderfest included Bobbi Lane, the Ellsworth High School Show Choir and, at the beer and wine tasting Friday, Annie Menzetti.

Seven vendors participated in the beer and wine tasting: Airline, Fogtown, Machias Bay Brewing Co., Penobscot Bay Brewing Co., Atlantic Brewing, Catherine Hill Winery and Winterport Winery.

“Downtown sidewalk sales seemed to go very well,” Wilson added. “We have accomplished what we set out to do and that is to bring people to town, and hopefully they will leave some money behind!”

Car Show winners

Antiques-Pre 1949 – 1st Michael Inman, 1940 Packard

2nd John Merchant 1931 Ford Model A

3rd Robert Frost 1941 Cadillac Coupe

Best of ’50s – 1st Chris and Kathleen Koch, 1950 Oldsmobile

2nd Fernald Leach, 1954 Mercury

3rd Kassidy Robidoux, 1958 Packard Hawk

Best of ’60s – 1st Bill Eugley, 1961 Chrysler Newport

2nd Perley Fogg, 1965 Chevy El Camino

3rd Carlton Murch, 1964 Pontiac GTO

Best of ’70s – 1st Michael Derrico, 1972 Plymouth Duster

2nd Robin Todino, 1970 Plymouth Cuda

3rd Kevin Bellerose, 1972 Buick Convertible

Best of ’80s – 1st Sunday Bill Haass, 1983 Chevy El Camino

2nd Mike Reynolds, Chevy Camaro Z28

3rd Mike Prymowicz, 1986 Pontiac Trans Am

Best of ’90s – 1st Bill Buckley, 1992 Cadillac

2nd Jack Frost, 1996 Mazda Miata

Best of 2000s – 1st Steve Peabody, 2018 Dodge Challenger

Camaro 1967-69 – 1st Bill Boyle, 1967 Chevy Camaro

2nd Esther Jacobs, 1969 Chevy Camaro SS

Camaro 1970-2002 – 1st Ken Havey, 1974 Chevy Camaro

2nd Scott McKenna, 1987 Chevy Camaro

3rd Don Parks, 1977 Chevy Camaro LT

Camaro 2010-present – 1st Michael Faulkingham, 2010 Chevy Camaro SS

Corvette 1953-67 – 1st Ray Daries, 1962 Chevrolet Corvette

2nd Bill Redman, 1962 Chevrolet Corvette

3rd John King, 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

Corvette 1968-96 – 1st George Cummings, 1993 Chevrolet Corvette

2nd Brian Daries, 1993 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

3rd Ann and Doug Lee, 1995 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car

Corvette 1997-2004 – 1st Kenneth Minier, 2001 Chevrolet Corvette

2nd Dan and Diane Bossert, 2004 Chevrolet Corvette

Corvette 2005-present – 1st Loring Carter, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette

Factory Original – 1st Jenn Stauffer, 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo SS

2nd Sheila Kuchinski, 1972 Oldsmobile 442

3rd Ron and Sandy Oliver, 2008 Dodge Challenger

Imports-European/Asian – 1st Ivan Dupuy, 1957 Austin 100-6

2nd Stephen Hopkins, 1970 Jaguar E Type

3rd Mark Phillips, 1980 Triumph TR8

Mustang 1964-73 – 1st Becky Halstead, 1966 Ford Mustang

2nd Bub Dubay, 1967 Ford Mustang

3rd Tom Grindle, 1969 Ford Mustang

Mustang 1974-2005 – 1st Kevin and Donna McEwen, 1978 Ford Mustang King Cobra

2nd Nate Dyer, 2000 Ford Mustang GT Roush

3rd Mark Gross, 1995 Ford Mustang GT

Mustang 2006-present – 1st Jennifer Robidoux, 2015 Ford Mustang

2nd Mike Faulkingham, 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby

3rd Michael Berry, 2006 Ford Mustang

Rat Rod – 1st Jim Greenlaw, 1937 Chevy Truck

2nd Mark Hamblen, 1934 Ford

3rd Scott Mosier, 1964 Dodge Van

Street Rod – 1st Ben Richmond, 1949 Ford 2-door Coupe

2nd Rick Merchant, 1937 Chevy Coupe

3rd Jason Lee, 1930 Ford Street Rod

Trucks Pre 1970 – 1st Peter Haskell, 1957 Dodge D100

2nd Kevin Taylor, 1955 Chevy 3100 Pickup

3rd Richard Doane, 1950 Chevy 3800 1 ton

Trucks 1971-present – 1st Chad Houp, 1992 Chevy S-10

2nd Carson and Tracy Beal, 1972 Chevrolet Camper Special

3rd Gordon Workman, 1998 Chevy Silverado

Tuners – 1st Randy Tower, 2008 Honda S2000CR

2nd Jake Thompson, 2009 Nissan 370Z Nismo

3rd Caleb Weymouth, 2008 Scion TC

Best in Show – Michael Inman, 1940 Packard

Best Paint – Carson and Tracy Beal, 1972 Chevy Camper Special

Best Engine – Robin Todino, 1970 Plymouth Cuda

Best Interior – Ben Richmond, 1949 Ford 2 Door Coupe

Peoples Choice – Reynold and Jean Nichols, 1955 Chevy Bel-Air

Stephen Fay

Stephen Fay

Managing Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. [email protected]