Car Show set for July 7-9
By Jane Myhra
Trucks and Dodge Chargers will be in the spotlight the 44th annual Iola Car Show & Swap Meet on July 7-9.
Trucks of all brands and sizes, along with a variety of vehicles representing 50 years of Dodge Chargers, will be displayed in the Theme Area at Iola ’16.
“The car show grounds has been a flurry of activity leading up to the event,” said Joe Opperman, public relations and marketing director for the Iola Car Show. “Great additions including the concerts, new sponsors, special guests and events taking place at the show we hope will be something the crowd notices and appreciates.”
New this year are several special features, including the first ever Iola Car Show Concerts, sponsored by Muzzy Concerts.
At 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, A Night of Tribute featuring “Resurrection: A Journey Tribute” takes the stage, followed by “On The Border: Ultimate Eagles Tribute.”
The Saturday night lineup begins at 6 p.m. featuring” Original Beach Boy David Marks and Surf City All-Stars,” followed by “Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone.”
Separate tickets are needed for the concerts. Reserved seating is $74.50, with general admission prices starting at $34.50. Tickets are available online at www.979wspt.com or www.iolaoldcarshow.com.
The concert venue is a natural amphitheater area located on the northeast corner of the grounds near Keatings Lake. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Special guests at Iola ’16 include: Courtney Hansen of Overhaulin’, PowerBlock/PowerNation; 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; 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.”
Daily admission is $10, weekend pass is $18. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is free in designated public lots, with shuttle service provided.
The Iola Car Show is a non-profit organization which gives money to 130 different groups and organizations.
“We have done a lot of updating on the grounds including signage, roads, high-speed broadband and more, to help ensure this is a top tier venue both our participants and attendants will enjoy.” Opperman said.
Next year’s show, on July 6-8, 2017, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Camaro and Firebird, plus Trans-Am Series Pony Cars.
For more information, visit www.iolaoldcarshow.com or call 715-445-4000.