The very first Iola Car Show was held in 1972, featuring some 20 cars, food, and a vision. That vision has grown and evolved over the years into what is today a premier destination for enthusiasts of all sorts. The Iola Car Show is a Top Ten Show nationally, and truly a must-see event for all.
Each July, the small town of Iola with a population of 1,301 transforms into a massive event with roughly 100 times that number in attendance. People come from all over the country, and even the world, filling the campgrounds, parking lots and all available hotels within an hour’s drive.
Not only is Iola a bucket-list event, but it’s also unique in its structure. The Iola Car Show is a non-profit organization which gives money to 130 different groups and organizations that contribute volunteers to the production of the event. Each year, more than 30,000 volunteer hours are poured into the show in true Midwestern fashion. Only in Iola will you find folks of all ages, from children to the elderly, working hand-in-hand to service such tremendous crowds in a family friendly gathering.
Come and attend the show just once, and we’re sure you’ll fall in love and return year after year.
Car Corral Displays
There's no two ways about it: The 2017 Iola Car Show was a blast! Featuring the 50th Anniversary of the Firebird and Camaro, as well Trans-Am Series Pony Cars, there was classic muscle around every corner. The Blue ribbon area featured some of the most beautiful classics from throughout the 20th century.
Special Guests included “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, car girl Jo Coddington, customizers Dave Kindig and Kevin “Kev Dog” Schiele, and everyone’s favorite host Courtney Hansen. Iola isn’t just a show… it’s a tradition!
Take a look at some of the fun from this year’s show in the video, or take the virtual tour here