Iola gears up for Vintage Military and Gun Show

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This Vietnam Memorial Caisson will be on display during the Iola Vintage Military Show.

IOLA, Wis. — Coming Aug. 11-12, the 21st annual Iola Vintage Military & Gun Show with Vintage Tractors and Equipment will have many activities for entertainment and a variety of collector’s interests on the Iola Old Car Show Grounds.

The Iola Vintage Military Show promotes the conservation, preservation and display of historic military equipment. This event will share and invites the display of military history as an important role military veterans and their equipment have made for peace and freedom.

The array of other collector’s vintage military vehicles and equipment of the past will continue along with Vintage Tractors and Equipment which played such a big part of the past.

For comparative and educational purposes living encampments will set up near the swap area with re-enactors. They will be involved in living history and weapon demonstrations. On Saturday, the Community Blood Center will be present for a blood drive.

Also on Saturday, there will be a program “Operation Plum – The Ill-Fated 27th Bombardment Group and the Fight for the Western Pacific,” presented by Adrian Martin, author of “Operation Plum” & “Brothers from Bataan,” held in the meeting room on west end of Iola Old Car Show Activity Center.

Additionally, there will be a ’68 Tet Offensive Vietnam Battle Re-enactment.
The popular World War II battle reenactments will happen Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Each day you will have the opportunity to take a ride in a M35A2 (Deuce and A Half) truck.

There will be a Vietnam Memorial Caisson (pictured above) on display during the show. This is owned by Vietnam veteran Bob Teska and his wife, Ginny, who have displayed this at many locations and events including The High Ground in Neillsville, Wis., and at LZ Lambeau in Green Bay. This memorial has brought many Vietnam and Iraq Veterans together with respect and honor.

The Gun Show continues to be a convenient indoor exhibit on the grounds. A variety of gun related items will be for both exhibit and display.

 

Iola Vintage Military & Gun Show With Vintage Tractors & Equipment
2012 Schedule of Events
(Subject to Change)

FRIDAY AUGUST 10, 2012

  • 8:00 a.m. Vendor set up day

SATURDAY AUGUST 11, 2012

  • 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Genuine G.I. Breakfast of S.O.S in Activity Center
  • 8:00 a.m. Show opens – Posting of Colors
  • Vintage Tractor & Equipment Demonstrations/games during the day
  • Gun Show opens in Activity Center – East end
  • Military Exhibits open in Activity Center
  • Visit Encampments—East area of Swap Meet
  • M35A2 (Deuce and A Half) Truck Rides Each Day
  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Community Blood Center Blood Drive—located North of tower
  • 11:00 a.m. – “Operation Plum – The Ill-Fated 27th Bombardment Group and the Fight for the Western Pacific” Presented by: Adrian Martin, C0-Author of “Operation Plum” and Author of “Brothers from Bataan” held in the Meeting room on West end of Iola Old Car Show Activity Center. Check out www.operationplum for more information.
  • 1:00 p.m. Vietnam Re-enactment—Southeast of Tower
  • 2:30 p.m. World War II Battle Re-enactment ’68 Tet Offensive—Southeast of Tower
  • 3:00 p.m. Weapon Demonstration—Southeast of Tower
  • 3:30 p.m. Vehicle Parade—Southeast of Tower
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. Dinner is offered for $10.00.

SUNDAY AUGUST 12, 2012

  • 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Genuine G.I. Breakfast of S.O.S in Activity Center
  • 8:00 a.m. Show opens – Posting of Colors
  • Vintage Tractor & Equipment Demonstrations/games during the day
  • Gun Show opens in Activity Center – East end
  • Military Exhibits open in Activity Center
  • Visit Encampments—East area of Swap Meet
  • M35A2 (Deuce and A Half) Truck Rides Each Day
  • 1:00 p.m. World War II Battle Re enactment—Southeast of Tower
  • 1:30 p.m. Weapon Demonstration—Southeast of Tower
  • 2:00 p.m. Vehicle Parade—Southeast of Tower

Gate admission is daily: Adults $6, children (ages 6-12) $4.

For more information: Iola Vintage Military Show, PO Box 1, Iola, WI 54945. Telephone: 715-445-4005. Email: mary@iolaoldcarshow.com WEB: www.iolavms.com.

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