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 Schedule of Events | Sunday June 30th

11am-7pm: Food Trucks and Showcase of Gardiner at Waterfront Park (Shuttle Parking Begins)

1pm: Local Car Cruise-In Crosses the Finish Line and Parks on Water St.

2pm: Great Race Cars Arrive on Water St. and Cross Finish Line

4:30-6:30: The GemsTones Performing in Waterfront Park

4:30pm: Great Race Winner Announced at Finish Line

8pm: Parking Shuttle Ends


Shuttle Route

On June 30th, Water St. in Gardiner will be closed from 9am-6pm. There will be shuttles transporting people from designated parking lots to Downtown Gardiner. Shuttles begin at 11am and end at 8pm.

shuttle map

History will be made in Downtown Gardiner, ME, on Sunday, June 30, as the convoy of classic cars crosses The Great Race finish line. A total of 135 antique and classic cars, eight of which are from Maine, have entered to participate in the nine-day, 2,300-mile race from Owensboro, KY.

This isn’t the first time Gardiner, ME, has been involved in the race. In 2018, Gardiner was only a stop along the journey. The vintage cars brought flocks of fanatics, families, friends, and beyond to the Gardiner area. Businesses welcomed the hustle and bustle with open arms and exciting activities. In June, Freeport and Owls Head will also be stops along the stretch to the finish line.

The Great Race isn’t your traditional speed race, however. The competition is an annual time/distance rally featuring classic and antique vehicles that follow a set course without navigational aids except for a packet prepared by race organizers. On June 30, participants will depart from Augusta hotels and arrive in Historic Downtown Gardiner that afternoon. From 1 – 5 PM, businesses will once again welcome attendees, volunteers, families, and participants. Area restaurants, retail shops, and the region will eagerly welcome everyone to Gardiner with activities including arts, theater, music, and more for what is sure to be an exciting event.

Major sponsors of The Great Race - Gardiner Finish: Everett J. Prescott, Inc. (Team EJP), Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, Pine State Trading, G&E Roofing, Charlie’s Family of Dealerships, PEP Classic Car Company, Cianbro, City of Gardiner, Cross Insurance, Chapman Trucking, Kennebec Savings Bank, Central Maine Pyrotechnics, and Frank, Anne, and Frank Crooker Jr.


To learn more about The Great Race, its history, routes, rules, and more, visit The Great Race website.

2018 Gardiner, Maine Stop

In 2018 The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce were proud to have played as host city for the race participants and event goers organizing the logistics for both meals, entertainment, and lodging, which earned the city of Gardiner the title of Best Overnight Stop!

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