Iola Vintage Military Show

July 7-9

Gates open at 6am

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The Iola Car Show is entering its 44th annual this year with the theme of ‘Trucks and Dodge Chargers’.  Iola is One of the Biggest and Best Car Show/Swap Meets in America, featuring 2500 Show Cars, 4200 Swap Spaces, 1000 Car Corral Spaces and 1900 camp sites.  Spread out over 300 well maintained acres, it’s a must see for enthusiasts and casual fans alike.  With free parking, bus shuttles, and $10 daily admission ($18 for 3-day pass, children 12 and under are free) it’s a very family (and wallet) friendly event close to home.


The first Iola Car Show was in 1972, featuring some 20 cars, chicken dinners, 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.


This year the Iola Car Show has added several special features, including the first ever Iola Car Show Concerts, on Friday and Saturday evening, sponsored by Muzzy Concerts. CLICK HERE FOR MORE CONCERT INFO


Friday Night: A Night of Tribute

  • Journey Resurrection
  • On The Border: Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band

Saturday Night:

  • Original Beach Boy David Marks and the Surf City All-Stars
  • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone


Also appearing at this year’s Iola Car Show will be:

  • Courtney Hansen of Overhaulin’, PowerBlock/PowerNation and more
  • Ryan Evans and “Horny” Michael Henry of History Channel’s Counting Cars
  • Jim and Mike Ring of RingBrothers, SEMA Winners and featured on Jay Leno’s Garage
  • Jo Coddington of Discovery Channel’s American Hot Rod and more
  • Villy Customs as seen on ABC’s Shark Tank
  • Tyler Dale of American Restoration
  • TV Trucks used in “BJ and the Bear” and “Movin’ On”
  • Kids Attractions
  • Miss Wisconsin
  • Amazing Free Prizes
  • More to come- subject to change


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.


Children: Free-12 years and younger

All tickets are non-refundable

No Pets allowed

OPEN  6:00 AM to 10:00 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday Closed Sunday

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Swap Spaces


Car Corral Displays


Camp Sites


Show Cars



Iola Car Show Mourns Loss of Founder Chet Krause

Posted: June 26, 2016
By Iola Car Show

We received word this morning that Iola Car Show founder Chet Krause passed away last night.  Chet’s influence in this area is felt far beyond what words can express, and we could never repay all he’s done for us and … Continued

Economic Impact Analysis: Iola Car Show

Posted: May 12, 2016
By Joe

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Car Show mourns loss of exemplary volunteer

Posted: April 27, 2016
By Joe

  Car Show mourns loss of exemplary volunteer Iola, WI For a few days each second weekend of July, this town of 1,200 is transformed into a metropolis 100 times that size.  A staff of less than 10 is multiplied … Continued

What to expect in 2016

The 2016 Show will be hosting all makes of the truck hobby; Light, Medium and the Heavy Duty Big Boys.  We will also be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Dodge Charger.  Come out and discover some of the greatest classic cars from throughout the 20th century; from the sleek coupes of the ’30s to the muscle cars of the ’70s and everything in between!  The Iola Car Show will be in its 44th year.  Other shows may imitate, but there is only one Iola Car Show.  It’s not just a show… it’s a tradition!


Car Show Concerts Information

  We’ve been receiving a lot of great response with regards to the first ever Iola Car Show Concerts announcements. There’s a lot of buzz brewing and we’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback.  Additionally, we’ve received a lot of questions about … Continued

Courtney Hansen Appearance at Iola Car Show

  The Iola Car Show, with the help of sponsor Klein Automotive of Clintonville, WI, is very excited to announce the appearance of special guest Courtney Hansen at this year’s Show. Courtney is a veteran of the automotive TV market, … Continued

Iola ’16 to feature Trucks & Dodge Chargers

TRUCKS AT IOLA ’16 Considering their usefulness, trucks were a little late to the vehicular scene. Today’s most popular American trucks come from Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge, but each respective truck’s parent company didn’t offer a workaday hauler until several … Continued

Iola Car Show Continues to Move Forward

  Iola Car Show Continues to Move Forward Iola, WI The Iola Car Show has been a staple in this state and community for over four decades. While many small towns across the country put on various fairs and festivals … Continued

The results are in!


   ‘Found in Wisconsin’ initiated a contest and votes were accepted through September 30, 2015. Based on the public’s participation, the Iola Car Show was voted as Wisconsin’s Best Event from 2014!


AMC Matador Racer Rises from the Ashes at Iola

By John Gunnell   Larry Southard of Waupun, Wisc. was in the right place at the right time when he got the No. 11 AMC Matador that Bobby Allison and Davey Allison raced.  “They call it a ’75,” Southard told … Continued

Big Daddy Don Garlits – More Than Just a Racing Legend


Story by: David Dyb, Drive Line Team Member and Larry Fechter, Managing Director IOCS DonGarlitsShortClip     During Iola ’15 one of the many thrills experienced by thousands of show spectators was hearing the authentic sound coming from nitro-fueled “hemi” … Continued


Vintage Works Grand Opening and a proud Sponsor of Iola Car Show


As time permits, the show will continue to feature our sponsors. We are so grateful of their unselfish contribution to make the Iola Old Car Show the biggest and greatest show in the Midwest.  This year Iola Car Show welcomed … Continued


Shoemaker Companies – The official Electricians on the Iola Car Show

As time permits, the show will continue to feature our sponsors.  We are so grateful of their unselfish contribution to make the Iola Old Car Show the biggest and greatest show in the Midwest. Shoemaker is a local contractor that can perform … Continued


Though Iola is a small Wisconsin town, it's very easy to find. It's located at the intersections of State Highways 49 and 161, Iola is an easy drive from just about anywhere.

Feel free to call our office at 715-445-4000 for help with directions

One of the Biggest and Best Car Shows and Swap Meets in America