VW festival brings history to life and helps community

10 months 1 week 3 days ago Saturday, July 15 2017 Jul 15, 2017 Saturday, July 15, 2017 2:51:00 PM CDT July 15, 2017 in Continuous News
By: M. Olivia Gerling, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - People from all over the country came together on Saturday to celebrate the history of the Volkswagen.

The CoMo Bug and Bus Bash was held at the Joe Machens Volkswagen dealership. The event began at 9 a.m after a brief registration. Families were encouraged to bring their children and friends to hang out and have fun. Lilly’s Cantina food truck provided food for this event.

Brain Neuner, a member of the public relations department at the Joe Machens Dealerships, said the bash was a way to bring the loyal Volkswagen fan base together.

“We wanted to celebrate all of those owners, so we put together a bug and bash,” Neuner said. “It’s basically a celebration for all Volkswagen owners. All generations.”

The dealership has been throwing this bash since 2012, when the dealership first opened.

“I think it’s just a chance for parents, grandparents to bring the new generation and say ‘this was mommy and daddy’s car back in 1964’,” Neuner said.

The bash allowed people to bring their bugs and buses to compete for awards, as well as look at other people’s cars. Some of the cars were even from the 1950s and ‘60s.

“They travel all around the country showing their cars,” Neuner said. “Just giving the history and perspective, it’s a lot of fun for the people in our community to come out. It really jogs a lot of memories.”

However, the friendly competition and kid-friendly activities were not the only aspects of the CoMo Bug and Bus Bash.

“We try to team up with a non-for-profit,” Neuner said.

The beneficiary for the event today was The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Participants in the event were encouraged to bring donations, such as money or food items. All donations will be counted after the event.

“It’s a great day,” Neuner said. “People can come out and see a history of Volkswagen right before their eyes and also help the local food bank at the same time.”

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