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Northern Maine Fair throwback 1995 Paul Riddell Thrill Show

Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 1:43 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -

This would traditionally be Northern Maine Fair Week, but because of COVID 19 over 20 fairs statewide were cancelled. Last night I went back in th vault to 1986 for a story on harness racing. Another popular event that brought in a lot of people were auto thrill shows. Tonight we go back 25 years to 1995 when Paul Ridell and the Imperial Stunt Drivers thrilled the fans in attendance.

Paul Riddell:” This is my 44th year with this particular show prior to that I did some racing and I guess pretty soon I will have to get a job.”

Riddell also gave an area stunt man a chance to showcase his talent. The Flying Morneault Roger Morneault from St Agatha thrilled the crowd with jumps like this one.

Riddell also utilizes other Maine talent like Crash Moreau from the Bangor area and Toby Thibodeau from the Augusta area. The veteran driver says they will put on between 40 and 60 shows a year.

Riddell:” We didn’t come into the State of Maine from I guess 1981 to 1991. Fairs are going out of business in Canada because the government has stopped giving them grants. We were losing a few days and toi take up the slack we came back into the United States. We have five days and we booked them all. We are here one day in Skowhegan on Friday, then we will be at the Union Fair and North Hampton Massachusetts for two days. "

Riddell's thrill shows have changed from previous years using different cars.

Riddell:”We switched over to Neons and we thought it was just a little four cylinder car and we were kind of unhappy to get rid of the v 8′s but they are doing a real good job and we can work in tighter areas such as ball parks.'

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