SATURDAY: Ford Model Ts and As to be displayed at free antique car show in Shelton

The fifth annual Model T & Model A-Era Antique Car Show is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard, 278 Leavenworth Road (Route 110).

The event is free for participants and spectators, including those showing their 1931 and older cars, and people selling antique car parts.

Food will be available for purchase and the site has ample parking and restrooms. Rain date is May 10.

Up to 100 older cars and trucks usually are displayed. Some drivers showing their vehicles start to leave by 2 p.m. because they come from all over the state.

The show was started so people can view cars from 1931 or older, so anyone in a car made after 1931 should park in the modern car parking area.

Corn and the back of a pickup

Event organizer and host Dan Beardsley recalls that when he was 6 years old, he realized the attention Model As brought when he would sell sweet corn out of the back of a 1931 pickup next to Route 110.

Some stopped for the corn and some stopped to check out the Model A, but in the end, they almost always bought corn, Beardsley said.

In an effort to promote interest in automotive history and to share knowledge, the Beardsleys and other local enthusiasts started the Model T&A Car Meet.

“This is a great way to teach younger folks about a bygone era and it provides a place to buy original parts for your antique car,” Beardsley said.

For information contact Beardsley at or 203-925-9746.