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Bug love: VW fans will jam festival

One of the biggest Volkswagen-only shows in the eastern United States comes to the Pasco County Fairgrounds on Sunday.

By MICHELLE JONES

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 11, 2000


DADE CITY -- Where do bugs gather? Why, in Dade City, of course.

On the second Sunday of November, rain or shine, Bug Jam -- one of the largest Volkswagen-only shows in the eastern United States -- takes place at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City.

Last year's event drew 350 entries from all over the world. Twelve years ago, when the event began, only 65 VWs were displayed.

Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on the grounds, which are west of downtown Dade City on State Road 52, 8 miles east of I-75.

Proceeds benefit local charities.

Admission for adults is $3 and one can of food, which will be donated to the Pasco Food Bank. Children 10 and younger have to bring only a can of food. Parking is $2.

A desire for attention and camaraderie brings VW folks together to show off their campers, convertibles, Beetles, Things and even the Cadillac of Volkswagens -- the Karmann Ghia.

In addition to the automobiles, there will be vendors selling used parts, new parts, collectibles, T-shirts, hats and toys.

Games, entertainment and a Hula Hoop contest at 1 p.m. are on the agenda. There will also be an auction at 2:30 p.m. with a complete set of McDonald's Beanie Babies and Pepsi, VW and NASCAR merchandise up for bid. Celebrity memorabilia and sports team accessories to be auctioned will benefit All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

An engine blow contest at 3:45 p.m. and valve cover racing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. provide other opportunities to take home prizes.

Food and beverages will be available. No pets are allowed.

- Michelle Jones covers central Pasco community news. She can be reached at (813) 226-3459. Her e-mail address is jones@sptimes.com.

Bug Jam 2000

WHERE: Pasco County Fairgrounds, west of downtown Dade City on State Road 52, and 8 miles east of I-75.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

COST: $3 for adults, plus one can of food; one can of food for children younger than 10. Parking is $2.

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