2017 Cartoberfest


Twelve years ago, Mike O'Brien of Time Was Garage approached the New Hartford Volunteer Fire & Rescue about facilitating a car show to raise money for the Fire Department. From that encounter, Cartoberfest was born. It has become an annual event on the first Sunday in October. This is an amazing collaboration between the two organizers of the event. It is run totally by volunteers both from the Fire Department and Time Was Garage. Cartoberfest is the largest fundraiser for the Fire Department, drawing several hundred participants and spectators. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Fire Department which helps fund various equipment needs for the volunteer department.

The fundraising nature of Cartoberfest helps bring in cars from across Connecticut and beyond. Since it is a non-judging event, it has become a relaxed showcase and social event for both the participants and the spectators. You see anything from hot rods, custom cars, classic cars, antique cars, motorcycles, and trucks. Thanks to Time Was Garage, we draw from a huge community of car enthusiasts. 

Along with the entrance donations for participants and spectators, numerous local businesses also support the event with monetary contributions and a dazzling array of raffle prizes. We are so very fortunate to have wonderful local support.

Everyone is welcome. Please come out and join in the fun for this year's event at Hurley Park along the Farmington River at 37 Greenwoods Road (off Route 44) on Sunday, October 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be Dash Plaques, Door Prizes including NASCAR tickets to Dover, Pocono, and New Hampshire races, and theatre tickets, great food such as clam chowder, and live entertainment. This year the Whiskey Rebels will be on state.

It's a great event to make new friends so if you love your ride, come and show it! Cartoberfest has had wedding proposals, anniversary celebrations, which were both accompanied with special cars for the occasion. Birthday cakes, and all sorts of fun! 

ALL proceeds will be for the benefit of the New Hartford Fire & Rescue; all expenses are donated. Time Was Garage is the organizer of the event.

“Come one, come all and support one of the most fun events of the year! See you all there!”


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