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Coming home to Capac


Car show, fall fest, homecoming declared a success



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September 29, 2010
CAPAC — Cool temperatures and periodic rain drops weren't enough to keep the automobile enthusiasts away from the 24th Annual Scholz Auto Fest on Sunday. Considering this was everyone's chance to see more than 1,500 classic cars and trucks all in one spot, not much could have deterred this crowd from showing up.

"This is one of the biggest shows I've been to," said Dan Shoener of Shelby Twp. He and wife, Lisa, were admiring a Plymouth Road Runner, a car they used to own.

"It's pretty obvious that people put their heart and souls into cars like these," Lisa said.

Ken Vanniman's 1954 Ford Mainliner snagged lots of attention. He turned the car into a historical replica of a police vehicle from that era after purchasing it a few years ago.

"I always used to ride in the backseat, but now I get drive it," the Lapeer man joked.

The car still boasts an original interior and paint job. On the way to Sunday's show, the odometer hit 14,000 miles.

Besides spectators, artists also flocked to the show. Julie Fournier, a freehand pinstriping artist from Hazel Park, was adding some character to the Burda family's 1959 Rover.

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Artist and designer Steven Brown of Auburn Hills was in his element at Sunday’s Scholz Auto Fest in Capac. Here, he’s sketching a 1939 Hudson. photo by Maria Brown.

Steven Brown, of Auburn Hills, settled himself in front of a 1939 Hudson and started sketching.

"This is a really good show," Brown said.

In addition to sketching, Brown also creates paint schemes and custom hot rod designs.

Organizer Carl Scholz said he was pleased with yet another year's show and the sizeable number of entries.

"I was very happy with how it went," he said, giving credit to his family and the 125 volunteers who made it all possible.

Scholz said he's thrilled that the show draws such a diverse crowd of auto enthusiasts, noting in particular the hundreds of cars bearing license plates from Canada and Ohio.

"We have lots of people that come from Northern Michigan and Muskegon, Lansing and Grand Rapids too," Scholz said.

The car show capped off what was a successful weekend for the Capac Fall Festival and Homecoming, planned by the Capac Chamber of Commerce and volunteers.

On Friday, Hunter Aguinaga was declared the winner in Capac's Cutest Baby Contest. The seven and a half month-old is the daughter of Anthony and Kim Aguinaga. Residents lined the streets for the Homecoming parade and cheered from the stands during Capac's football game against Richmond, which saw the home team win.

On Saturday, kids dove into a sawdust treasure dig and got creative during a chalkdrawing contest followed by the parade.

Miss Capac 2009 Kaely O'Connor handed her crown over to 2010 winner Nina Dalecki. Jade Detroyer was the first runner-up.

On Saturday afternoon, Spiffy Klean's Outhouse Races were held. For the second year in a row, the Good Ol' Boys came out on top. Allenton Collision took second, Grand View Glass came in third and Good Time Charlie's took fourth place.

On Saturday night, the sky lit up with a colorful fireworks display.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.
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