Saturday, August 13, 2022
Watkins Memorial High School, Pataskala, Ohio
By Mark and Debi Garrett
Well, Volksfest 31 is in the books, and it was another rousing success from all indications.
With the Watkins School campus in seemingly endless construction mode, the show car area was moved to the front spectator parking, and all spectator parking was moved to the north field area. While there are always last minute adjustments with any new layout, overall it worked fairly well. By 1 o'clock, the show car field was packed. While there were 215 "officially" registered show cars, I would be surprised if there were less than 250 actually parked. The spectator parking was handled perfectly by the local Boy Scouts, and there was a constant stream of cars from 9 o'clock right up to the end of the show. The swap area was hopping all day with lots of great buys to be had whether it be new or NOS parts.
While the weather was very comfortable for a Saturday in August, with lovely sunny skies, there were reports of rain in the area coming around 3 o'clock, the awards presentation was moved back to 2:30. The awards were handed out and everything was wrapped up by shortly after 3 o'clock. After all of the rushing around, I think I counted exactly 5 rain drops!
From all of the feed back from those in attendance and also the numerous Facebook postings, there was not one negative comment. This is a testament to all of the hard work of the dedicated COVVC volunteers, many of who spent the entire show at their appointed area. The one negative (behind the scenes) issue is we were down to roughly 25% of what our normal volunteer count is. We will be working to build that number back up before Volksfest 32 rolls around.
In conclusion, again I would like to thank those COVVC volunteers that made Volksfest 31 possible. Also a big shout out to the military like precision spectator parking by the Boy Scouts and the Watkins High School Athletic Boosters for the wonderfully prepared food through out the day.
If you would like to relive that wonderful day, club historian Doug Barber has posted a 16 minute video (including a beautiful drone fly over) of the entire event. Be sure to check it out on either Facebook or YouTube. Its always cool to see what your car looks like from an overhead view! Thanks Doug for your effort in putting this together.
A list of 2022 award winners can be found here!