Killarney Fairgrounds will be transformed into a Volkswagen enthusiast’s paradise. The Dubs at the Lake annual VW Enthusiast Car Show will take place on Saturday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 16 with registration at 10 a.m. and 9 a.m. respectively.
“The first year I planned the event I didn’t know what to expect. I thought I’d be happy if a few people came with their cars,” said organizer Ryan Smith. “There were 54 cars last year and I was more than happy.” The second annual event is already growing in popularity and its sure to be even more successful than the first year with people expected to attend from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Minnesota.
“Word is getting out and there are already people pre-registering.”
The event is open to anyone who wants to display Volkswagen vehicles of any shape, style and description for a charge of $15 for the weekend. A number of vendors are also expected to attend with memorabilia and collectables.
A swap meet on Saturday will add to the excitement as those working to restore their vehicles have an opportunity to connect with each other.
“When you’re restoring a vehicle, you’re always looking for that hard-to-find part and the swap meet will help them out,” Smith added.
A cruise through town is planned for Saturday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. and it will give everyone a chance to see the vehicles in action. From there, the group will return to the camping area for supper on their own prior to a drive-in movie scheduled for dusk.
Smith’s enthusiasm for Volkswagens began several years ago when he started looking for a VW bus. “I finally found one and dug it out of a bush,” he said. Throughout the restoration process he met other enthusiasts and his love of the vehicles increased. “You meet such a neat little group of die hards,” he chuckled. “Everyone remembers yelling ‘punch bug, no return’ and hitting their sister in the back seat.”
Smith was impressed by the collection of cars at last year’s show and invites anyone with anything VW related to attend. “They can come with a fully restored car or one that is full of rust,” he said. “It’s just meant to be a good time bringing everyone together.”
Donations throughout the event will be accepted for the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. To register or for more information on the event, please contact Ryan Smith at 204-523-2060.