published Friday, April 20th, 2012

Spring festival season kicks into high gear

Whether you prefer Volkswagens, MoonPies, do-it-yourself or the scenic beauty of the Sequatchie Valley, there’s a festival with something to offer just about anyone this weekend.

Bug-a-Palüza 14, offering everything Volkswagen, is Saturday and Sunday at Camp Jordan in East Ridge. The Red Bank Jubilee Parade/New MoonPie Festival is Saturday at Red Bank City Park. Chatty Crafty, a juried do-it-yourself/indie craft show, will be Saturday and Sunday at the Chattanooga Green at Ross’s Landing. And Valley Fest will be Saturday and Sunday in Dunlap, Tenn.

You’ll find children’s activities at all four, food at all four, car shows at all but Chatty Crafty, music at all but Bug-a-Palüza, crafts at two of the four, and a variety of activities such as bellydancing, a magician, a demonstration of dog agility and a mini drive-in theater among the four.


Where: Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Road, East Ridge.

When: Opens at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Highlights: More than 300 show cars, more than 70 vendors, trophies in 49 show classes, tech sessions with Volkswagen mechanic, pinstriping by Von Hot Rod, engine giveaway.

For the kids: All-day Kids Zone on the playground, featuring games/activities/prizes and the Chalk-a-Bug.

And now for something completely different: Bring your towels and toiletries, and shower in the Bug-a-Palüza Shower Bus in the campground area.

Admission: $4 adults, free for children under 12.



Where: Red Bank City Park, Dayton Boulevard (across from Bi-Lo).

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Highlights: Parade, MoonPie eating contest, agility demonstration by Play Dog Excellent, car show, vendor booths and country, indie pop and bluegrass music.

For the kids: MoonPie games, Kids’ Corner.

And now for something completely different: Did we mention MoonPie games?

Admission: Free.

Contact: 877-1103.


Where: Chattanooga Green at Ross’s Landing.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Highlights: Juried DIY/indie craft show with items from 12 states for the home, men, women, bath and body, jewelry, paintings, paper goods and much more.

For the kids: Several vendors will offer plushies.

And now for something completely different: Punk memorabilia vendors.

Admission: Free.



Where: Dunlap, Tenn.

When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday (all times Central).

Highlights: Art show, beauty contest, car show, 25- and 50-mile bike rides, nearly 30 bands, 22 craft vendors, information and nonprofit booths, dancers and magician.

For the kids: Inflatables, Kids on the Block puppets and storytelling.

And now for something completely different: Bellydancing, anyone?

Admission: $5 adults, $1 children.

Contact: 423-949-7608,

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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