People who love antique trucks of all shapes and sizes will not want to miss the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s Antique Truck & Tractor and Aeroplane Show on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18. Also featured will be commercial and military vehicles, as well as vintage earth-moving construction equipment.

More than 250 antique trucks and tractors from all over New England are expected for the event, including members of the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society and Maine Antique Tractor Club. Anyone with a pre-1990 truck or tractor may exhibit free of charge.

“The truck and tractor meet is always a crowd-pleaser,” said museum Director Charles Chiarchiaro. “Whether it’s a large 18-wheeler or an antique pickup truck, these vehicles always put smiles on people’s faces.”

Tractors will be a featured attraction Saturday and Sunday during an antique tractor parade. Vintage lawn mowers to farm tractors are invited to make a tour around the museum’s tarmac.

The museum is also inviting owners of military vehicles and commercial vehicles to be part of the event. This show traditionally draws some unique commercial vehicles as well, including vintage fire trucks, ambulances and delivery vans.

Members of the Maine Antique Power Association have also been invited to display and demonstrate their engines during the two-day event.

The country and western band Reason will perform each day in the museum’s open-air pavilion. Times will be available on the museum’s Web site (or by calling the museum) prior to the event.

Owners of pre-1990 vehicles — of any make or model — are also welcome to exhibit at this and all other museum (non-auction) events at no charge. Visitors are encouraged to come early to guarantee seeing the highest concentration of exhibiting vehicles.

All attendees will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for the People’s Choice awards.

At each event, the museum sets aside an area for Junior Exhibitors to display their “wheels” (bicycles, tricycles, etc.) near its popular Kids Corral pedal car area. The museum offers free admission for all children under 18.

This year the museum has opened its annual Saturday night Truck-Meet Exhibitor Dinner to the general public. Included in the evening’s festivities will be a barbecue buffet from Beale Street Barbecue in Bath and live country music with the band Reason. The fun begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include dinner and entertainment.

The antique aeroplane show will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting.

Rain or shine, visitors will have access to the museum’s indoor collection of dozens of antique cars and aeroplanes. The museum will showcase its exhibit “Horse Power,” featuring horse-drawn vehicles used in transportation and commerce. A replica covered wagon and Native American tepee are available for exploration by children of all ages.

Event admission is $12 for adults. Children under 18 are free. The museum store will be offer a large inventory of books, diecast models, children’s items and more.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Food and refreshments will be available at the Squeaky Wheel. Pets are not allowed in the museum or outdoor exhibit area. The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum St. (off Route 73) in Owls Head, two miles south of Rockland. For more information call 594-4418 or visit owlshead.org