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Family celebrates decades at Iola car show under the big top

IOLA (WAOW) -- It's “Four For All” in Iola. The 42nd annual Iola Car Show is underway.

As time went on, it expanded and expanded,” said Mitch Swenson, director of public relations.

Now, it's considered the largest car show in the Midwest. More than 2,000 cars are on display and organizers expected about 120,000 to check it all out during the four-day event.

Yeah, it's packed,” laughed Swenson. “But, we always got room for more."

With so much to see, and do, it's hard to know where to start. But, you'll find Tim Benson, his father, and their car just past the main gates.

"It has been a great family time,” said Tim.

The tradition started decades ago. Tim remembers being in the backseat, while his dad was always behind the wheel.

"I was just a young, small tyke here,” said Tim.

For decades the Benson family has been coming to the car show, always in the same car.

"We've packed in three, four people every year driving from North Branch, Minnesota back and forth, never failed,” said Jim Benson, Tim's dad.

This year is something special. The car, is on showcase, under the big top.

I am pretty proud, pretty proud of it and to have my dad here, it's a highlight,” said Tim.

The 1959 Ford four door has been through a lot. Tim bought it from his dad six years ago. Since then, he's been fixing it up.

"I said Tim, it's a four door sedan, you should just drive it and have fun with it. Well, Tim decided to restore it,” explained Jim.

"There's just so much history in the car,” added Tim. “I've learned so much restoring it, taking it apart, putting it back together."

Now that hard work is on display for everyone to see.

This is the best trophy that he could ever get right here,” said Jim.

A trophy that comes with a lifetime of memories.

The car show costs $8 per day, $15 for the weekend.

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