The ninth annual Cruisin’ to Graduation Car Show will be held at Medomak Valley High School on Sunday, May 2 to support Project Graduation for the high school. Started in 2002 by local car enthusiasts and students’ parents, the show has grown from 90 cars, trucks and cycles entered to more than 400, with 33 classes including three Corvette and four motorcycle classes. Three trophies per class will be awarded as well as a Best of Show and a People’s Choice trophy.

The proceeds from this year’s car show not only benefit the graduating class and its graduation night activities, but will also provide seed money for the freshman, sophomore and junior classes’ future celebrations. The event also serves to enhance relationships between the school and the surrounding communities. All the trophies presented are sponsored by local businesses. The Best of Show trophy, over 4 feet tall, is sponsored by Steel’s Real Rods & Customs of Warren who will also provide a $100 cash prize with the award. The People’s Choice award winner will also receive a trophy and a $50 cash prize. There will be trophies awarded for the individual and club traveling the greatest distance for the car show. The first 200 exhibitors will receive a gift packet containing promotional items from local businesses as well as a dashboard plaque. Medomak Valley’s wood shop class has made plaques to be given as awards for the Class of 2010 Choice Award and the Loudest Pipes competition.

Numerous attractions are planned for this year’s event. Crushstation, the Lobster Monster Truck, as well as Mater from the “Cars” movie will be at the show. Trinity Commercial Audio Inc. of Waldoboro will provide music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. The Loudest Pipe Contest begins at 1 p.m. The second annual Children’s Pedal Toy Parade will return, with the parade time at 1:30 p.m. Children wishing to register their non-motorized pedal cars, trucks, tractors or trikes should bring their vehicles and parents to register from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. the day of the event. All Aboard Trolley and Limousine, Waldoboro EMS as well as the Seatbelt Convincer will be available for viewing. Other activities include hot wax demonstrations, Aflac race track game, Matchbox car racing (children can bring their favorite Matchbox), Maine Operation Lifesaver Look to Live Show, door prizes, 50/50 raffles and a silent auction. Medomak Valley horticultural students will also have their annual greenhouse plant sale.

General admission is $4 for adults, $3 per student (with a school I.D.) and free for children under 5. A suggested donation for exhibitors is $5 per vehicle, which includes the driver and one passenger. The gate opens at 8 a.m. for exhibitors and 10 a.m. for spectators. The day wraps up at 3 p.m. with the awards ceremony beginning at 2:15 p.m. Concessions are many and varied with hot muffins, fresh doughnuts and hot beverages in the cool morning hours to lobster rolls, pizza, Italians, sausage bombs and pies as well as hamburgers and hot dogs, which will be sold by members of all high school classes and the MidCoast Shrine Club.

In 1979, the Oxford Hills and Portland high schools each experienced numerous alcohol and other drug-related teen deaths during the commencement season. As a result of these tragic experiences, the schools and communities in these areas offered their students an alternative to the “traditional” graduation night drinking and driving temptations that all too often end in tragedy. By 1986, Project Graduation activities were held in 50 states. As graduation ceremonies conclude at Medomak Valley later this spring, the seniors will board a bus bound for Point Lookout in Northport for their Project Graduation celebration. Activities there will entertain the graduates throughout the night.

For more information about the car show, call Elizabeth Ann Bartlett at 542-0848 and Lorraine Lash at 832-7955 about the children’s parade. The show is planned for rain or shine.