A couple of weeks ago, I attended The Old School Reunion produced by Happenstance Event Productions. I had a blast and wanted to make sure I attended the rest of their events this summer. Their next event was WaterWerks On the Green 2012 which was held on June 23, 2012 in North Bend, Washington. Dave Meister was in charge with help from a large number of volunteers, vendors, sponsors and show entrants. They all arrived at the base of Mt. Si at sunrise along with a bunch of European car enthusiasts.
Early morning fog and slight showers crept their way onto the location leaving the organizers nervous about the weather. With "The Monsoon" of Forum Fest still fresh in their memories, they didn't want a repeat of the downpour.
At 9am judges started their judging process on the show cars. I observed some of the judges at work and I couldn’t help but be amazed at how in depth their reviews of the cars were. Their amount of knowledge and attention to details on each car was impressive.
For hours, cars made their way to the judging booth while the crowd enjoyed interactive games such as Tug-of-War, Red Light, Green Light, a NOS Energy Drink chugging contest and a spare tire toss hosted by Paul Bruney and Mike Tolliver. Both Mike and Paul brought the perfect atmosphere to the event with plenty of jokes and giveaways. They really knew how to keep the crowd entertained.
In the middle of the afternoon, I could smell mouthwatering bratwursts which drew my attention to the beer garden. No German automotive event would be complete without beer imported from Germany. This year, the organizers of WaterWerks did just that. This wasn't you usual Heineken – they ordered authentic beer and had it shipped straight from Germany!
The event had a great turnout. While eating lunch I couldn't help but notice the overall vibe of the event. Everyone was focused on having a good time and enjoying the cars. WaterWerks On the Green 2012 was by far my favorite European specific experience to date. Walking the show and observing all of the different styles of European cars brought back memories of the multiple GTI’s I've owned. If you missed WaterWerks this year, I definitely recommend making it out next year.