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120,000 people expected for car show in Iola this weekend


Thousands of car buffs are making their way to the tiny town of Iola, Wisconsin this weekend.

It's the 41st annual Iola car show.

Around 125,000 people, including some from New Zealand, are expected this weekend.

That's more than the 1,300 residents who normally live in Iola.

Car enthusiasts will be admiring the 2,500 classic cars and trucks.

"It's having a good old time, you know, with the guys, my dad, my cousin and my boys," said Jason Mclaughlin, Car Enthusiast.

The theme of this year's show has two of Americas oldest car companies facing off against each other, Ford vs. Chevrolet.

The Iola car show organizers say, is also one of the larger automotive swap meets in the Midwest.

There's 4,400 vendors.

You can find almost any kind of part from hub caps to carburetors.

Newsline 9 found two vendors who have been coming to the show since it started back in 1972.

"When we first came up it was a small meet held in a park," said Marv Tomlinson, vendor.

"It's grown, It's just unbelievable, it's one of the biggest shows in the country,” added Tom Meyer, vendor.

Organizers say the car show covers 300 acres, and there's even campgrounds with 1,600 spaces.

"We have close to 3,000 volunteers," said Mitchell Swenson, organizer.

Organizers also add that the car show is unique in another way too.

Some of the profits get donated to charities.

"Each year we give out about $270,000," added Swenson.

The car show offers a variety of foods, games for the family and some rare classic cars, like a 1915 Chevrolet “Four-Ninety.”

It was Chevrolet's answer to the Ford Model T.

The Iola car show continues through Sunday evening.

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