More than 3,000 volunteers worked on the eventBy Jane Myhra
Good weather and lots of volunteers contributed to another successful Iola Old Car Show.
Friday was the biggest day for show cars and attendance, though final numbers are not available.
On Friday, the IOCS staff opened an auxiliary parking lot and directed many show cars to an auxiliary site.
Volunteers are the main reason for the success of the annual Iola Old Car Show.
More than 3,000 volunteers from more than 135 non-profit groups contribute over 28,000 hours to before, during and after the event.
For their efforts, the non-profit groups receive financial support from the Iola Old Car Show.
Iola Lions Club President Steve Olson is one of the volunteers. His jobs include stocking coolers, setting the work schedule and supervising the beer stands in the main building.
He also helps the IOCS staff prepare the grounds prior to the show.
“I do whatever they want done,” Olson said. “I just try to do what I can do to make it go.”
“Things went good this year,” said Iola Lions Club member Dan Tap. “We had great weather and great people.”
All ages volunteer.
Paige Timdal, age 7, stayed busy helping at a food stand. Her hours benefit the Iola-Scandinavia baseball team.
Brady Snyder, a senior at I-S High School, was another volunteer for the I-S baseball team.
“My hours go toward our baseball trip in spring,” he said.
Besides raising money for the team, Snyder enjoys the time he spends at the Iola Old Car Show.
“I like getting outside, helping the community and meeting people,” he said.
David Dyb, district administrator of the I-S School District, found his own niche at this year’s show.
He helped by transporting celebrity guests and coordinating the various special events.
“It was a good way to spend my three days of vacation,” Dyb said. “I really enjoyed it.”