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VLV 18: Saturday Day

8:26 PMDollie Simpson

-Continued from VLV Friday Night-

Saturday morning started with a trip up to the ballroom for Texas two-step lessons. It's a dance style we've always wanted to learn so it was fun to finally have it being taught at Viva Las Vegas. Hopefully it's a regular yearly feature now because we could definitely use some more practice!

Unfortunately we had to leave dance lessons early but it was for a fun reason. I had to judge the couples swimsuit contest at the pool. We ended up giving out an extra prize because everyone looked too good!

Faces in the crowd - the VLV car show is something else. With almost 1000 cars and up to 20,000 attendees it's staggering in scope. It's amazing that you manage to run into your friends at all! You'll see some of the best day wear of the whole weekend at the car show. So when you go remember to take lots of pictures!

There's also some fantastic shopping while at the car show, and often with better pricing than the upstairs ballrooms. I managed to snag some cute t-shirts for $3 apiece and sunglasses for $5! A lot of large repro companies who don't have booths inside the hotel will usually have a setup outside, such as Pin-Up Girl Clothing. I also was invited to attend a blogger event with Sweet Siren Designs. The girls were so sweet, I loved meeting them! They had myself and a bunch of other bloggers meet up to check out their cool wooden jewelry line which is made in LA. I got to take a brooch home that I will show off in my loot post/video. Stay tuned! 

And of course, it's a car show, so who can forget the main attraction: All the beautiful classic cars! The amount of style and variety on display is awe inspiring. The best part is that the vast majority of cars on display are regularly driven vehicles, no trailer queens. Not that there's anything wrong with a pristine car that is babied, but it's so cool knowing that a lot of these cars are still cruising the Boulevard as a reminder of once great American style. 

Maybe the most anticipated artist of the whole weekend was the great Dion. Dion is one of the very few artists from his era that has managed to stay touring and release hits in multiple decades. He delighted the crowd with some of his old Belmonts hits like "I Wonder Why," and of course the swaggering "Wanderer." Hopefully we won't have to wait another 18 years for his return to VLV!

Closing out the car show festivities was The Sonics. They aren't '50s and they aren't rockabilly, but who cares, these guys still kick butt! The Sonics for years have been a "honorary rockabilly band" with many of their songs being huge strolling dancefloor hits. It's great to see them still together and back at it again after some years off. Their distorted fuzz sounds break through and really change up the weekend beat. Heck, everyone loves the Sonics so much that they were booked to play two shows during the weekend! 

That's only one half of Saturday! Check back for Saturday Night!

Zack & Dollie

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