IF YOU GO
* What: Bug-a-Paluza 15.
* When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
* Where: Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge.
* Admission: $4; free for children under 12.
* Phone: 778-4300 or 490-0078.
* Website: www.bugapaluza.com.
Storm troopers, Sith lords, bounty hunters and clone troopers will be roaming Camp Jordan on Sunday, but mere mortals need not fret.
They're only members of the Mos Nooga Squad of the Midsouth Garrison 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming organization that will be part of the fun at Bug-a-Paluza 15.
The costumed characters will be wandering among the more than 350 show cars at the Volkswagen love-in, which also will offer awards in 50 classes for air-cooled and water-cooled varieties of the German car, an expanded kids area, the services of famous pinstriper Von Hot Rod and the chance to win a Volkswagen Type 1 engine.
"We're trying to attract more families this year," says Jules Kinder, project manager for the event.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga is the beneficiary of the event. Bug-a-Paluza 14, according to Kinder, raised more than $20,000 for the organization.
The top draw is the field of cars, which not only will garner the 50 class awards but also 11 best of show awards and nine special awards. New Volkswagens, including the made-in-Chattanooga Passat, also will be on display.
Among the other activities are a swap meet, drive-in theater, tech sessions and games and contests. Other returning favorite features are the shower bus (take a shower in a VW bus) and Chalk-a-Bug (mark up a car in the kids area).
Additional activities for children are face-painting, tattoos, knock-a-bottle, ring-a-leader, hula hoop contest, cornhole competition and arts and crafts. A number of prizes will be awarded.
"You just never know what you're going to see," said Kinder.
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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 ...