Today is the start of the public participation for the Iola Car Show. It is not your ordinary four day car show - 4000 vendor swap meet spots, 3500 collector cars on display, and about 135,000 visitors.
The effort is a year-round activitiy for several folks, and about 70 service organizations - Lions, Rotary, VFW, American Legion Posts, Scout troops and many others from town and neighboring communities. The funds generated from admissions, food consessions and hours of refuse removal fund these community events for most of the year, and in turn the organizations can flow back funds into the various community in way of school scholarships, support of Lions' and Scout camps and other quality-of-life issues.
I have a car in the show too! My 1982 Checker Marathon A-12. A civilian model of the historic big-city cab.
My mom, who visits during this time of year, gets into the action too, organizing my garage sale.