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Meet Our Team!

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Executive           Director

Joe has been involved with the car show since he was just a little guy. He remembers joining his classmates helping on the grounds during the summer as a school activity. Joe was promoted to Executive Director after the 2019 show and is so excited to continue the great tradition of directors before him! You can reach out to Joe for sponsorship and partner opportunities at

Executive director     assistant    

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Mary has been with the car show for over 25 years!!!  If you call the office, Mary's voice is probably the one you will hear pick-up. If Mary doesn't know the answer to your question, we really can't help you :) You can reach out to Mary for show car and campground questions at



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Matt is the newest addition to the team, climbing on board Sept.  2022! Matt is an avid gearhead himself and has been attending 
the show for the past 13 years as a vendor himself! Matt has a beautiful '56 Chevy he restored with his wife and two boys. You can reach Matt at to chat swap!

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Julie has been with the car show for over 10 years.  She began her employment with us as part-time office help and soon after transitioned into a full time position. Julie's primary focus is the development of the sponsorship program and she enjoys building relationships with both new and existing sponsorsContact Julie at
to discuss sponsor opportunities.


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If you follow social media, you'll recognize this face! Ali     volunteered in 2019 and became part of the staff in 2020. She works with Facebook, the website and our email blasts! You'll also find her at other car shows promoting us! Contact Ali at for all things marketing.

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Liz is one of the newer additions to the Iola Car Show family! An   
involved local, Liz works for multiple business to assist with their    
bookkeeping. We are so excited to have her as part of the team!      Contact Liz at     
for accounting questions.       


volunteer     coordinator

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    Alan is our new volunteer coordinator! A retired teacher,       Alan wanted a fun-filled, part-time job and boy did he get      everything he asked for and more! Alan has jumped into        handling all things with our volunteers with grace. If you
  are interested in volunteering, reach out to Alan at

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Gearkids program

Hayden is our college help who is an amazing team player      
(and an incredible baker)! You might see him prepping the        
grounds for the show, or travelling with Ali to other events, and         
now you'll see him heading up the youth outreach program.       
Contact Hayden at for any      
youth-related event ideas!    

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PIT Crew 

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Earl, Paul and Dennis make up our revered Pit Crew. These gentleman are the heart and soul of the show. During the show you can find them "putting out fires" (in the figurative sense, hopefully) and in the off-season they are remodeling, repairing and improving all that is needed to keep the buildings and grounds in tip-top shape!

We also employ seasonal help in preparation for the show - both retired adults and high school students!
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