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Cars, ribs, music: Energy Fest has it all!

FPS staff report

Country Energy festTalk with Earl Haslam of East Canton and the song "One Piece at a Time" by Johnny Cash comes to mind.

Haslam's 1964 Ford Falcon Futura was parked at the end of the front row of the car show at the Country Energy Fest Saturday at the Carroll County fairgrounds.

The car show was one of many events that took place as part of the Energy Fest.

Along with the 52-vehicle car show, there was a motorcycle and tractor show, ribs burnoff and musical entertainment.

Haslam said he purchased the car in 1981, drove it for a year and parked it in his garage in 1982.  This past winter, Haslam, along with sons, Earl II and Brian and his 14-year old neighbor, Austin Solomon brought the car out of storage and in 19 days had it together and ready to participate in a parade. 

Most of the parts (motor, transmission) are used and were purchased from Canton Pull-A-Part.  "I told Dad he is 67 years old.  It's time to enjoy the car," Earl II said.  "Dad had the original parts stored all over.  We found the chrome strips in the rafters.  The seats were in another area."

The group found all the original body parts except the driver's side mirror which they had to purchase.  The car was painted a flat Hot Rod Red close to the original color found inside the trunk and they didn't bother to time the 289 engine that sits under the hood.

"We headed off to the parade with no drive time on the engine and transmission," Earl Sr. said.  "We had no problems.  This is the fourth car show it has been in since reconstruction." 

The radio switches to an edited version of MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This." 

"We didn't do any body work and just painted it the flat red so you can touch it and enjoy it," the group stated.  "People can touch it, open the doors." 

Fortunately, the rain drops held off until the Country Energy Fest was wrapping up late that night.  Haslam said the convertible roof doesn't work so if it rains, well it'll rain.  They plan to find a replacement roof in the future.

Winners of the Country Energy Fest car show include: Best Vehicle 20 years and Older Fred Perrenoudo of East Sparta, 1950 Mercury; Best Vehicle 19 years and Newer:  Jenny Bargar of Deersville, 2010 Challenger; and People's Choice:  Dennis Perrine of Dellroy, 1928 Model A.

A total of 52 vehicles entered the show.

Motorcycle Show winners were:  Custom - Dale Cordia II of Canton, 2001 Yamaha V-Star; Classic - Dale Cordia of Sherrodsville, 1984 Harley Davidson; and Oldest - David Lamb of Carrollton, 1952 Harley Davidson.

Tractor Show winners included:  Best of Show - Butch Swinehart of Carrollton, 78 Speedex; Best Original - Sam Ralston of Dellroy, 1941 John Deere B; and Oldest - Bob Miller of Carrollton, 1935 Case C.

Rib Burn-Off Winners were:  Best Sauce - Carroll Healthcare Center, first; Jimmy's Backyard BBQ, second; and Bone Suckin BBQ, third.  Civic Division:  Carroll Healthcare Center, first. Restaurant/Deli Division:  Kishman's IGA- Kishman's Smoke House, first; Jimmy's Backyard BBQ, second.  Individual Division:  Bone Suckin BBQ. People's Choice:  Carroll Healthcare Center, first; Jimmy's Backyard BBQ, second; Bone Suckin BBQ, third.

The award-winning country music band Lonestar performed on stage late into the night. Chris Higbee made his second stage appearance in Carroll County and the local band Lincoln Way also performed.  

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