Fenton Twp. — Mueller’s Orchard “The Apple of Your Eye” Car Showcase for Cystic Fibrosis was graced with sunny weather Saturday, Sept 12 and Sunday, Sept 13.
Hundreds of attendees came out to walk through the rows of cars and booths selling craft items, and buy apples, cider and doughnuts.
Wendy Mueller, event chair, said, “Mueller’s Car Showcase for Cystic Fibrosis was a far reaching success. The expansive front yard acre off Linden Road was often filled to capacity with show cars. The southeast corner was off limits to cars as it was taken over by the military display.”
Approximately 150 cars were on display throughout the weekend. This included a 1972 Jaguar XKE, series 3, V-12 that was brought in on a trailer and the legendary Chevamoco Dragster Race Car built originally by NHRA top driver Bobby Lagana NHRA, also trailered in.
“People mingled outside with lots of space and smiles. We were blessed with weather, many beautiful machines displayed with love and pride, and strong community support. People were happy and excited to be out safely with each other,” she said.
The event featured a food concession by Kiwanis, music from Throttle Up DJ services by Todd Payne, youth activities, and a free Moonwalk brought by Great Party Productions. There were raffles, arts and crafts, and the usual orchard items, such as apples, cider and doughnuts.
“Several community groups made their presence known; my Linden Presbyterian Church family. Kiwanis Club of Linden members, individual business owners and community family groups, and a strong showing from the local families living with memories of children lost to Cystic Fibrosis,” Mueller said.
Proceeds went to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which is on the top 10 list of “Charities You Can Trust.” It has a high percentage of its annual expense going directly to research and programs.
“Our daughter, Madeline (Mueller) Elmhirst, has new lungs and is alive today due to efforts of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This community supported our fundraising effort,” Mueller said. “The raffle supporting local businesses did better than ever. Outright donations and silent auction bids were more abundant and most generous. The Muellers’ are proud to be a part of this totally supportive ‘we got this’ community moving safely forward.”
One person who brought a vintage vehicle was Fenton resident Mike Hussar, who brought his 1968 four-door Pontiac sedan.
“It was one of the more basic cars in ‘68. It’s one families drove because it had room for two, three, four kids in it, and you get both parents in the car when
you went places,” he said.
Hussar bought the vehicle in’01. It has around 47,000 miles, and Hussar had major bodywork done on it in 2005 and 2006. The paint job is 16 years old, which still looks “pretty good.”
“I take it out year round. I don’t put it up on jacks and let it sit for the winter time. It’s insured 12 months of the year and it’s driven 12 months of the year when the roads are dry,” he said.
He often brings it to shows. It’s been in the Fenton Fourth of July parade since 2002, except last year because of a last-minute technical issue.
“Everything is being shut down,” Hussar said, so he was excited to go to the Mueller’s car show.
Mueller estimates approximately 1,500 people came to the event throughout the weekend.