Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

LET THE FROG FOLLIES BEGIN [Corrected 08/21/13] ; Street-Rod Extravaganza Benefits Charities

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

LET THE FROG FOLLIES BEGIN [Corrected 08/21/13] ; Street-Rod Extravaganza Benefits Charities

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When Ed Paris gets behind the wheel of his 1940 Ford, he's transported back to his teens when he was courting Linda, now his wife of almost 50 years. The 72-year-old bought the sedan in 1959 for $40, making weekly payments of $5 until the car was paid off.

"I loved that car," Paris said. "I drove it up until the 1970s. We dated in that car. It was the only thing we had back then."

Paris plans to show off the car at the 39th annual Frog Follies hosted by E'ville Iron Street Rod Club, a group he's been a part of since it began almost 40 years ago.

He thought he'd never see it run again, but with the help of friends in the club he's been able to get it back out on the street and plans to bring it to the follies, Friday through Aug. 25 at the Vanderburgh County Fairgrounds.

Organizers expect more than 4,000 cars at the show - exclusively for street rods older than 1949. A street rod is any vehicle that has received some type of modification to make it stand out from a classic, said E'ville Iron member Robert Bell.

"It's the biggest event for this kind of car anywhere," he said. "And this event is great for the community, bringing in about 20,000 people a day and raising thousands for charities."

Since 1975, the rod run has continued to grow and E'ville Iron has donated more than $2 million to local charities, with the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center as the main recipient.

In addition to the cars, auto swap meet, Women's World vendor area and food vendors, Frog Follies boasts a one-of-a-kind frog race. Local celebrities and club members will entice their frog across the finish line with a feather gripped between their teeth.

While Paris is eager to park his 1940 Ford with the other club members' hot rods during the follies, he said his favorite part of the event each year is knowing that he is helping support such a great cause. …

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