2018 Shelburne Museum Classic Auto Festival Drives Vermont’s Father’s Day Weekend Events

May 16, 2018
Press Contact: Geeda Searfoorce
Marketing and Communications Manager
802-985-0881 (direct line)

(Shelburne, Vermont) Vermonters and visitors from afar will celebrate Father’s Day Weekend at the 2018 Shelburne Museum Classic Auto Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17. The 15th festival, which celebrates electric vehicles, will feature automobiles from every era and include activities for all ages, talks, and films.

Though they are becoming more prevalent on today’s roads, electric cars have a long history. A hundred years ago, automobiles with names like Detroit Electric, Baker Electric, Columbia, Rauch and Lang, and even Studebaker were a common sight on the streets of America. The gasoline internal combustion engine became the motive power of choice, but shifts in technology and market demand, among other factors, are changing the future of what we drive.

In conjunction with the Shelburne Museum Classic Auto Festival this year, a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. will christen the Museum’s new electric, solar-paneled shuttle sponsored by Lake Champlain Chocolates and dubbed “A Sweet Ride.” The battery charged, 13-passenger, wheelchair friendly vehicle replaces the Museum’s gas-powered shuttle and will provide Museum campus mobility without the direct use of fossil fuels.

The Shelburne Museum Classic Auto Festival is presented in collaboration with the Vermont Auto Enthusiasts and is sponsored in part by Almartin Volvo.


Founded in 1947 by sugar heiress and pioneering folk art collector Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888–1960), Shelburne Museum is the largest art and history museum in northern New England and Vermont’s foremost public resource for visual art and material culture. The museum is now open year-round, with the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and Webb Gallery featuring important American paintings by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Grandma Moses, John Singleton Copley, and many more. For more information, please visit shelburnemuseum.org.

Shelburne Museum

6000 Shelburne Road or PO Box 10

Shelburne, VT 05482