published Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Beetle fans celebrate Bug-a-Palüza

by Laura Galbraith
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    Staff Photo by Margaret Fenton -- Ryan, left, and Christopher Easton take over the driver's seat in their family's eighth Volkswagen camper, a 1987 VW Vanagen Camper. The Eastons came from Atlanta to the 11th Bug-A-Palüza, sponsored by Scenic City Volks Folks and Village VW of Chattanooga, which ended Sunday at Camp Jordan in East Ridge.

For Beetle fans Rhonda and Wayne Meeks, the 740 mile car ride was all worth it.

The couple, who live in Deerfield Beach, Fla., decided to make the long trip to Chattanooga after hearing about Bug-a-Palüza, the city’s annual convention for Volkswagen drivers.

The three-day celebration, presented by the Scenic City Volks Folks and Village Volkswagen, kicked off this past Friday at Camp Jordan in East Ridge.

“Most shows in Florida that we go to, people are packed up and gone by 3 p.m.,” Mrs. Meeks said. “Here we stayed until the movie started (Saturday night) at 9:15 p.m., so no one was in a hurry to leave. And everyone is friendly. That’s what we love about the shows.”

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