THOMASTON — The Thomaston Car Show on Sunday, September 8, benefited the Thomaston Police Explorers. The car show is the primary source of funding for the program. The late Thomaston Police Officer Terry Hawley founded the event in 1991. Originally, the event took place behind Town Hall with around 50 cars. Since then, it has moved to Main Street because of the increase in cars over the years.

This year there were more than 500 cars and organizers said that their available space was close to capacity.

“We never expected things to grow into what they did,” said Jud Reed, a friend of Officer Hawley and the event’s current organizer. “For years it just kept expanding a little each year until we finally looked back and wondered how this all happened.

 “A lot of people come here to meet up every year and reconnect,” he said. “It’s about community.”

Due to its connection with law enforcement, the event has adopted a sense of patriotism.

Trophies are awarded every year for various categories. This year, the best in show award was presented differently.

Usually, David Hawley, the son of late Officer Hawley, selects the best in show. This year, Mr. Hawley asked Mr. Reed to select the award in recognition of his selection as the Thomaston Rotary Club’s Distinguished Citizen.

Mr. Reed explained that his selection for the best in show award was the American flag that is suspended over the center of the show.

The flag, hung every year, was chosen because it best represents the themes of this year’s show: community, respect for law enforcement and military honor.

Mr. Reed presented the award to Brian Feldman, an employee of Plymouth Glass. Mr. Feldman operates the lift equipment that suspends the flag every year.

“That flag is here only because people in our community step up to bring it here,” said Mr. Reed. “Once it is here, it’s a reminder of who we are, how lucky we are and why we should respect the ones who keep us safe and remember the ones who got us here.”

Mr. Feldman assured Mr. Reed that the award would be shared with his employer, Darryl Maslak of Plymouth Glass, who provides the flag to the event. 

“That award is always in memory of Terry and he was both a cop and a Vietnam veteran,” said Mr. Reed. “It was the right thing to do.”

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