30 Years of "Volklore" in Eureka Springs!
Get ready for your closeup! Make love to the lens! Plump up those lashes!
2022 marks the 30th year of Volkswagen Weekend in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
During the weekend of August 26, 27, 28, 2022 the VWs were all over town strutting their stuff down the ES runway.
Coming off of wave after wave of quarantine, the crowds truly showed out for a blast of a time experiencing and observing the VWs in nearly every corner of town with the biggest highlight happening on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 3:00pm - for it was the Annual Parade of V-Dubs right down Eureka Springs' Main and Center Streets.
I mean, there are so few cars out there with the kind of personality that exudes from a VW - and I am talking about any VW. Every model has a unique personality. Of course, add to that the fact that most of the owners personify them with lashes and eye-pupils and other human qualities because they are so in love with them and want to show them off to the world. It's almost akin to people dressing up their pets to show them off, too.
According to www.vw.com, the history of the Volkswagen brand began with the “Käfer”; development work on this Nazi prestige project began in 1934. On May 28, 1937, the “Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH“ (Company for the Preparation of the German Volkswagen Ltd.) was formally established. The name was changed to “Volkswagenwerk GmbH” in 1938, and the company built its main plant in what has become Wolfsburg. However, the outbreak of war and integration in the arms industry prevented mass production of the Volkswagen (“people’s car”) – instead, military vehicles and other armaments were produced using forced labor.
After the war, the British instructed Volkswagen to build the Volkswagen saloon at the end of 1945. With the Type 1 (Käfer) model, and the Type 2 (Transporter) model added in 1950, Volkswagen became a symbol of Germany’s economic miracle, above all as a result of the strong export orientation on the part of the company converted into a joint stock corporation in 1960. Innovative and flexible manufacturing systems made an appearance in the 1970s and led to the birth of a new generation of Volkswagens with the Passat, Scirocco, Golf and Polo models. Growth was boosted in the 1980s through advances in vehicle technology, flexible production, and forward-looking international cooperation.
Volkswagen continues to evolve as one of the world’s most successful volume car manufacturers, and today offers cutting-edge solutions for future issues such as e-mobility and digitalization.
This VW event is an event here that brings full-blown joy to all ages. Our beloved Zoey, loves cars and this event lights her up with joy!
It is strange to think that similar to the Harrison, Arkansas' juxtaposed KKK connection against the joyful, inclusive neighboring Eureka Springs there's also a juxtaposition between the joy, peace and happiness that comes from seeing, riding and owning a VW juxtaposed against well, the connection to Hitler. Ew! OK, that is as far as I will go in giving that particular (pure evil) human any more press on this joy-filled blog.
As many people know, although our little mountain town is known today for our incredible architecture, arts/events, history, antiques & shopping, as well as the great outdoors, but the original draw was simply - natural spring water.
I wonder what those early Native American tribes would think today if they moved through a time machine to see ES in the 'here and now' to experience the way life continues to be celebrated here.
It is no secret that it only takes one visit to Eureka Springs to feel that hard-to-explain, magical tug on your soul - connecting you, forever to this corner of the world and joyful events like Annual VW Weekend play a big part to strengthen that tug.
Nowadays, it remains to be said that the rejuvenating spring waters that continue to flow below the downtown Historic District of Eureka Springs and the surrounding Historic Loop continue to emit these mystical, magical energies that ground you and connect you.
There's something about this place and the VWs discovered it. Joy! VWs and Eureka Springs will forever have that common connection.
Experience your joy - visit Eureka Springs, Arkansas.❤️