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
Planning for 2017 is well underway and is sure to be a spectacular event. Featuring the 50th Anniversary of the Firebird and Camaro, as well Trans-Am Series Pony Cars, there will be no shortage of muscle. Come out and discover some of the greatest classic and custom cars from throughout the 20th century, and be sure to see some of what’s new on display from our many great sponsors. Special Guests this year will include “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, car girl Jo Coddington, customizers Dave Kindig and Kevin “Kev Dog” Schiele, and everyone’s favorite host Courtney Hansen. Stick around for live concerts included with admission. Iola isn’t just a show… it’s a tradition!
Take a look at some of the fun from last year’s show in the recap video, or take the virtual tour here