EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Thousands of street rodders are hitting the Tri-State and making their way to the 4-H Fairgrounds.
The 45th annual Frog Follies starts on Friday.
Linda Lacer with the E’Ville Iron Street Rod Club joined us on Thursday.
Shelley Kirk: Tell us what is in store for this year’s Frog Follies!
Linda Lacer: Well, I hope the weather changes and we have pretty weather, and we’re ready for spectators to come out and enjoy the cars.
SK: How many are you expecting this year?
LL: About 2,900.
SK: That’s a lot of cars but there’s going to be even more people. A lot of people just come to enjoy the day, right?
LL: Yes, we have food on the ground that’s very reasonable so they can come out and eat and enjoy themselves. There’s a lot of things to do out here and spend your money on.
SK: If someone doesn’t know what a street rodder is, how would you explain that to them?
LL: It’s a 349 antique that’s been altered with air conditioning, newer motor, and it’s been upgraded.
SK: Like the two sitting behind you right now: they look really cool going down the road. They’re all different colors. People have a lot of fun with that. The Frog Follies brings a lot of people down here. This is a big jolt to our economy right?
LL: Yes it is. They’re out buying food, filling up the motels, and shopping. So there are a lot of things street rodders can do in the area.
SK: So this is a big deal to have in our area. Now this started back in 1975 and you said you’ve been with the club for quite a while. How’s it changed through the years?
LL: There’s been a lot. There’s a lot of cars that keep coming and a lot of friends from other car clubs. And, the spectators are becoming more. We charge $5 to get in and 12 and under is free. Money we raise goes back to the community, especially Easter Seals.
SK: That’s right. I know that the E’Ville Iron Street Rod Club has donated easily over $1 million over the years to the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center that helps children and adults with disabilities right here in the Tri-State. We certainly appreciate all you do out there. Tell folks where and how to get there.
LL: It’s the Vanderburgh Conty 4-H Center. It’s off of Highway 41. If it’s Saturday, you better come early because traffic gets tied up, and the awards are on Sunday.
SK: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. $5 to get in and it’s a lot of fun. Good luck with this year’s Frog Follies. Hope to see you out there!
LL: Thank you!
(This story was originally published on August 22, 2019)