Each year the Terryville fairgrounds located in Terryville, CT plays host to the Connecticut Volkswagen Association’s annual Volkswagen car show. Dubbed the Connecticut Bug-A-Fair, this show is not just about the older bugs and beetles but also caters to all air and watercooled Volkswagens alike. This year marked the CVA’s 14th year and the annual event is still growing. All the proceeds from this year’s event go to the Terryville Lions Club and various charities. The Terryville Lions Clubs also headed up the food court for all the hungry contestant and spectators with some excellent food and beverages to help us make it through the day.
Despite threats of early morning rain and thunderstorms, the weather held off and the sun shined down on the show field. With 220 cars making up the over 40 trophy classes there was sure to be something for all the spectators to clamor over. With Chuck Pisconski, Dan Climan and Mark Guimond heading up the aircooled section and Chris Knox and the Wasserwerks crew organizing the watercooled section the show went off without a hitch (these guys now what they are doing). Notable cars of interest included Pete Kostopoulo’s 1998 GTI that has been smoothed and widened and finished off in silver paint. Martin Garcia brought out his ultra clean and show stopping 1990 GTI featuring a bright yellow paint scheme and smoothed engine bay sporting a VR6 lump. Also of interest was Mike Gallo’s 1973 sandrail. This thing is sure to take on any dunes that get in its way.
Another of the spectator’s favorite part of the day is the annual engine blow contest with spectators guessing how long it will take to blowup the mocked up engine. This year it took only 37 seconds unlike last year when the tired motor lasted just over 2 minutes. The Connecticut Bug-A-Fair is not only about the show cars it also includes a vendor and swap meet area. So if you were looking for that last hard to find part to finish off your restoration or just a good deal on something new you were sure to find what you are looking for.
Special thanks go out to show organizer Chuck Pisconski for making the show as successfully as it has become, and to the Connecticut Volkswagen Association and Wasserwerks for their help in making it happen. So next August stop by and join us at the Bug-A-Fair and have your self a good old time.
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