Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2013 is in the books!
You don't have to own a VW to come to Funfest!
There are fun things for everyone to do at our events and we invite anyone and everyone to our shows! General Parking is only $5.00
a day and the Saturday Night Concert is free!
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The Bug Movie
Following the response of his documentary, The Bus, renowned filmmaker, Damon Ristau, is creating a feature length documentary film about the most beloved and recognizable vehicle on Earth, the Volkswagen Beetle. The Bug Movie follows the iconic vehicle and the culture that loves it, including footage he shot right here at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! Best of all, YOU can help make it happen! Contribute to The Bug Movie and be part of this amazing film.
Sweet Sixteen Funfest for Air-Cooled VW – Thank you!
The sun was shining – most of the time – and we had a great weekend with our Volkswagen friends and family! Thank you for being part of our Sweet Sixteen Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! From the Friday Night Fun Run and Downtown Part to the Expert Seminars, Slaloms, Exhaust Sound Off and of course the Saturday night Tons O’ Fun Band concert, it was a great weekend. The perfect kick-off to summer show season!
Fun Run & Downtown Party
Funfest for Air-Cooled VW kicked off with the crowd favorite Fun Run & Downtown Party. Some 200 Volkswagens streamed through scenic Effingham County before an impromptu parade had locals welcoming VW crowd to Effingham. The Downtown Party – known as Welcome Fest – was hosted by the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau around the Effingham Courthouse square. It included food vendors, snow cones, kettle corn, live entertainment, fabulous giveaways and, of course, a one-of-a-kind Volkswagen show. New to the Downtown Party, a full-fledged Celebrity Choice presentation took place along with the Effingham Mayor’s VW Award.
Celebrity Choice Awards
Celebrity Choice Awards are a Funfest tradition! For our Sweet Sixteen, we added judging on Friday at the Downtown Party, giving our Fun Run participants another reason to celebrate the first day of Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! Winners received a custom-made canvas trophy, autographed by Mike Yager.
Opening Ceremony & Awards
Funfest for Air-Cooled VW kicked off Saturday morning with the Star Spangled Banner at Opening Ceremony. Mike Yager and the entire Yager Family welcomed guests and presented the Platinum Bug and Passing on the Passion Awards to stand-out VW enthusiasts who took the hobby to the next level.
Fun Dome & Install Dome
From a hands-on demonstration on M Works Car Care to the latest in VW fashion and installs that just wouldn’t stop, the Fun Dome and Install Dome were both full of activity all weekend!
Check out the timelapse Install Dome video here:
Plan the Ultimate Weekend
"Experience Funfest for Air-Cooled VW in a whole new way - as an Ultimate Guest! Ultimate Registration gives you an all-access pass to Funfest. From the VIP Hospitality area inside the Fun Dome and special Ultimate Parking just steps from all the action, to front stage access with open bar at the Saturday night concert, Ultimate Registration is the only way to make the most of your Funfest weekend!
Ultimate Guests enjoy:
- Goodie Bag – Event T-shirt, Buyer Card, Lapel Pin, Event Poster & Special Ultimate Guest Gifts
- Weekend Ultimate Parking and Admission for 1 Person
- Lead the Friday Fun Run & Downtown Party
- Weekend Access to VIP Hospitality Area with Free Beverages and Snacks
- VIP Access to Saturday Evening Entertainment, Including Open Bar
- Limited Number of Hotel Rooms at Our Corporate Rate
- VIP Preferred Seating at Funfest Seminars
- VIP Interaction with Mike Yager and other VW industry celebrities throughout the weekend
- Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Fun Judging
- Complimentary meals throughout Funfest weekend
The Lemon Brothers Band to provide entertainment
The Lemon Brothers Band, a rockin' young band from the Wabash Valley, will be playing the Funfest Small Stage during Saturday night's Country Buffet. The Band's talent of playing music and singing began at the early age of four, and they continue to play with a lot of natural groove and enthusiasm. Their musical tastes range from classic rock, country rock, and gospel blues.
Two Time Bonneville Salt Flats World Record Holder
Coming to Funfest!
Bill Hatfield’s 1999 Mexican Beetle – known as the Salt Flats Flyer – was the fastest 36HP-based car at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2011 with a 108.325 mph pass for the 36HP Challenge’s DSS36 (dual carbs class) record with a pass of 108.325 mph. In 2012, Bill beat his record with a 114.909 mph pass. Bill will put the breaks on at Funfest long enough to show off his VW as he prepares for a return trip to Bonneville this September.
Low Speed Slalom Back by Popular Demand,
Brought to You by EMPI!
Don't forget to test your “not-so-low”-speed Slalom skills! It is only $5 for 3 tries and is tons of fun! Don’t worry VW Buses, we have different classes, so you will not have to compete against Dune Buggies! There are great prizes each day, and also a spot in the Winners Corral and a photo with Mike.
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