The 21st annual Iola Vintage Military & Gun Show with Vintage Tractors and Equipment will be held Aug. 11-12 on the Iola Old Car Show Grounds.
The show will provide many activities for entertainment and a variety of collector’s interests.
The Iola Vintage Military Show promotes the conservation, preservation and display of historic military equipment. This event will share and invites the display of military history as an important role military veterans and their equipment have made for peace and freedom.
The array of other collector’s vintage military vehicles and equipment of the past will continue, along with Vintage Tractors and Equipment, which played such a big part of the past.
For comparative and educational purposes, living encampments will set up near the swap area with re-enactors. They will be involved in living history and weapon demonstrations.
On Saturday, the Community Blood Center will be present for a blood drive. Also on Saturday, the program “Operation Plum – The Ill-Fated 27th Bombardment Group and the Fight for the Western Pacific” presented by Adrian Martin in the meeting room on west end of Iola Old Car Show Activity Center. Martin is the author of “Operation Plum” and “Brothers from Bataan.”
Additionally, there will be a 1968 Tet Offensive Vietnam battle re-enactment presented on the grounds.
World War II battle reenactments will happen Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Each day, visitors will have the opportunity to take a ride in a M35A2 “Deuce and A Half” truck.
There will be a Vietnam Memorial Caisson on display during the show. This is owned by Vietnam Veteran Bob Teska and his wife Ginny. They have displayed this memorial at many locations and events including The High Ground in Neillsville and at LZ Lambeau in Green Bay.
This memorial has brought many Vietnam and Iraq Veterans together with respect and honor.
The Gun Show continues to be a convenient indoor exhibit on the grounds. A variety of gun related items will be for both exhibit and display.
Daily gate admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages Children ages 6-12.