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Visit the Install Dome and check out an extensive variety of on-site installations and upgrades available at Corvette Funfest. Mid America Motorworks partners with the leading suppliers in the Corvette Industry, delivering you the latest products available on the market.
Corvette enthusiasts looking for more power, better exhaust sound, all over protection and better road feel come to the Install Dome! From exhaust and intakes, to protective film, wind diverters, wheels and tires and more, the Install Dome is solid action for 4 days, welcoming Corvettes from around the country to transform them into their owner's dreams.
Check out the latest Corvette Lifestyle & Apparel available at the Fun Dome - and receive 10% off your purchases with your buyer's card. We have an amazing staff ready to help you with that perfect selection.
Stock up on your favorites, find the perfect gift for the Corvette Enthusiasts in your life, or add a little something to your man cave. Check out the Annual Fashion Show at Corvette Funfest, where we debut the newest offerings and show off the tried and true favorites!
Shop early for the best selection as many items are purchased in limited quantities - just for Funfest! Don't forget to browse the Clearance Cave, where you can take advantage of deep discounts.
2016 Corvette Funfest Photos Online
From the Fun Run Road Tour, Celebrity Autographs, Seminars, Install Dome, and everywhere in between, our photographer Ed was capturing it all! Check out some of our favorites here!
What is Corvette Funfest?
Corvette Funfest features a variety of technical seminars lead by Industry Celebrities, an extensive variety of on-site installations and upgrades featuring the latest products on the market, a fashion show featuring the latest Corvette Lifestyle & Apparel products available in the Fun Dome, Celebrity Choice Awards, Celebrity Choice Awards, and Autograph Panels with your favorite Corvette Celebrities.
We don't leave the ladies out during Corvette Funfest! Designed with women in mind, Funfest Paradise offers on-site seminars throughout the weekend. Wanna get away? We've added a Wine & Art Excursion at Tuscan Hills Winery as well as a Cooking Demonstration at the Firefly Grill.
And you won't just go back to the hotel at 5pm! Join hundreds of your friends on the Thursday Night Fun Run Road Tour, the Annual Friday Night Charity Event, and Headlining music on the Funfest Amphitheater on Saturday night!
Register for Corvette Funfest today!
Corvette Funfest 2017 Theme Announced
Mid America Motorworks is gearing up for an extraordinary 2017 Corvette Funfest in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Corvette. The Mid America Motorworks campus will host the 2017 Corvette Funfest, September 14th - 17th.
The Largest Corvette Party in the World will celebrate the 1967 Corvette Sting Ray. Corvette Funfest attracts thousands of Corvette Enthusiasts from around the country, as well as internationally, with four full days of activities designed to promote the Corvette hobby.
The 1967 Sting Ray was the last Corvette of its generation, and five years of refinements made it the best of the line, touting a blue GM Mark of Excellence. The most noteworthy feature of the 1967 was the optional L88 engine; of which, only 20 were produced. The ultimate Corvette engine, the L88 was as close to a pure racing engine as Chevrolet had ever offered in regular production.
“Looking ahead to 2017, I am very excited to be celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the 1967 Corvette with other enthusiasts and to be hosting some of the finest examples from that model year,” said Mike Yager, Chief Cheerleader and Founder of Mid America Motorworks.
Mid America Motorworks is thrilled to announce that preparations are under way for Corvette Funfest 2017. The four-day event will pay tribute to the 1967 Corvette and will also feature special displays and parking for all Lucky Seven’s celebrating Anniversary’s of the 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997, 2007 and the 2017.
The artist behind the 2017 Corvette Funfest theme is our very own, Betsy Yager. Using the infamous Las Vegas Welcome sign, the 1967 Sting Ray, and Lucky Sevens for inspiration, Betsy illustrated the incredible piece of artwork, which will be used as the 2017 Corvette Funfest official theme, displayed on event t-shirts, posters, yearbooks, and more.
Mid America Motorworks is thrilled to announce a new, 1/8 mile Drag Strip Racing event for Corvette Funfest 2017. “The need for speed and quality performance is in every Corvette owner’s blood,” says Mike Yager, “we are excited to add this classic racing, grudge-match event to Corvette Funfest.” Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.
1967 was the iconic Summer of Love and Mid America Motorworks is planning ahead to celebrate the 50th Anniversary at Corvette Funfest 2017. The Summer of Love was fueled by groundbreaking music and Corvette Funfest 2017 will welcome several of your favorite bands to the Funfest Amphitheater. Stay tuned for future announcements!
Corvette Funfest 2017 is scheduled for Sept. 14th -17th in Effingham, Ill. Register today!
Mid America Motorworks welcomes Scrape Armor to Corvette Funfest 2016
Protect your Corvette with Scrape Armor at Corvette Funfest. Protection from curbs, speed bumps and steep approach angles of driveways is imperative to keeping your Corvette in pristine condition. Scrape Armor is the only system available that not only protects from future damage, but also covers up existing damage.
Installation is non-invasive! Every Scrape Armor protection panel is manufactured from Teklite Polymer – ensuring the highest level of protection and the lowest amount of friction. Scrape Armor’s exclusive Glidetek Rail technology reduces the contact surface area by more than 50%. The digitally engineered Eliptek Edge Profile decreases the potential for your bumper to become hung-up on a parking curb or other obstacle.
Visit Scrape Armor near the Install Dome at Corvette Funfest. Schedule your appointment to have your Scrape Armor protection kit installed while time slots are still available! Installation is FREE at Corvette Funfest!
New Activities at Corvette Funfest 2016
Corvette Funfest 2016 introduces two new activities to make your weekend even more enjoyable. Visit the Firefly Grill for a behind the scenes tour, cooking demonstration and garden tour with world renowned Chef Niall Campbell or head to Tuscan Hills Winery for a wine tasting and instructor-lead Corvette themed art class. The excursions will take you off campus and provide you with the opportunity to experience some Effingham culture.
Firefly Grill Excursion • $35/person
Calling all Funfest ‘Foodies’! Take a behind the scenes tour of Effingham’s highest acclaimed restaurant, the Firefly Grill. Visit the gardens and experience a private cooking demonstration with Chef Niall Campbell. Saturday morning, we are offering an excursion to Firefly Grill where Chef Niall, from Effingham’s famous Firefly Grill, has agreed to open his kitchen for an exclusive cooking demonstration! Learn new skills from the professionally trained, award winning, Chef Niall Campbell at the Firefly Grill.
Art and Wine Excursion • $50/person
On Saturday afternoon, we are offering an Art and Wine Excursion. Mid America Motorworks will have a bus take participants on a short drive to Tuscan Hills Winery, right here in Effingham, IL. At Tuscan Hills there will be a thirty minute wine tasting, followed by an instructor-lead art class. Stang Arts will conduct an art class, themed around Corvettes, of course! You can choose to paint wine glasses, mugs, or on canvas and the instructor will help you create your own Corvette masterpiece!
Everyone’s favorite Corvette weekend is getting better every year and Mid America Motorworks is thrilled to provide Corvette Funfest guests with these new experiences. The excursions are expected to sell out. Call 866-309-3973 to add an excursion to your Funfest registration today!
2016 Corvette Funfest Club Bartending Challenge
Grab a drink (and tip somebody you know) during the Corvette Funfest Club Bartending Challenge. This year’s challenge will pit clubs, head-to-head to see who can raise the most money for their charity. Two members of your club will have one hour to serve up drinks and pour on the charm, as they compete to raise more tips and prove that their club reigns supreme.
This year’s challenge will give Corvette Clubs the opportunity to raise funds for a charity of their choosing! Tips will be calculated at the end of the one-hour time slots and posted on the Challenge Board for all to see. Your club will keep all earned tips to be donated to a charity of your choosing.
All Clubs are eligible to participate in the Club Bartending Challenge, but there are a limited amount of time slots available and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in participating in the 2016 Club Bartending Challenge, please contact Tabbi Porter for details and to reserve your Club’s one-hour time slot.
American Idol Contestant Cheyenne Goss Performing At Corvette Funfest
Area resident, Cheyenne Goss, of Newton, Illinois will be performing the National Anthem during Opening Ceremonies at Corvette Funfest. The accomplished singer/songwriter will also perform a full set on the Funfest Small Stage Saturday evening from 5:00-6:30pm.
Cheyenne Goss is an up-and-coming artist with considerable notoriety. The Newton, Illinois native (the same town that brought us Mike Yager) got her start after winning a national competition which won her a spot on American Idol. From there, Cheyenne's vocal talents won the hearts of judges and fans alike. Following American Idol, Cheyenne moved to Nashville, TN where she continues to chase her dream.
Get your tickets for the famous Niemerg's Buffet Dinner on Saturday Night and enjoy your dinner while listening to a live performance by rising star, Cheyenne Goss. Then stick around for the Saturday Night Concert with Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX.
$250, $150, $100 Gift Certificate Drawings
Condon Skelly will be providing not one, not two, but three Mid America Motorworks gift certificates to be given away at Corvette Funfest. The Mid America Motorworks-endorsed provider of collectible car insurance returns to Corvette Funfest. Registered guests can enter to win gift certificates valued at $250, $150, and $100.
Entries for the drawings will be included in registration packets, available when you check in at Funfest Headquarters. Submit your entry at the Condon Skelly booth, for a chance to win a $250, $150, or $100 Mid America Motorworks gift certificate. All three gift certificates will be given away Saturday night at the Funfest Amphitheater. The gift certificates will only be awarded to registered Corvette Funfest guests, and you must be present for the drawing at Saturday night's concert to win. Register today to be eligible for all the giveaways at Corvette Funfest
Corvette Funfest Welcomes Back Dana Forrester
As a Corvette owner and enthusiast, Dana Forrester’s artwork reflects his personal knowledge of the Corvette and the Corvette hobby. See it in person at Corvette Funfest, where Dana will have a booth to display his latest paintings. Browse Dana’s collection of limited edition and Giclee prints to see what would look best in your home or office.
2016 Ultimate Registrations Have Sold Out!
Mid America Motorworks is sorry to announce that Ultimate Registrations are Sold Out at Corvette Funfest. There are still several registration types to choose from, but we encourage you to act quickly!
Premium Registrations are nearly sold out as well, for premium parking on campus, select this registration type.
Choose the Exclusive Registration if you are bringing your Grand Sport to Corvette Funfest, and enjoy parking with hundreds of your fellow Grand Sport owners.
If you are coming with several members of your Corvette Club, be sure to select Club Registration. Club Registration is only available for a limited time.
Standard Registration still includes great perks, like Celebrity Choice Award eligibility, Thursday night Fun Run Road Tour, two free tickets to the Saturday Night Concert, and more!
Register for Corvette Funfest today!
Antique Pepsi Delivery Truck Special Display
Check out the antique Pepsi Delivery Truck, on display at Corvette Funfest. Pick up your 2016 Commemorative Funfest Cup for only $15 and enjoy free refills at one of the many Pepsi stations on the Mid America Motorworks campus throughout Funfest weekend.
In its glory days, the truck was used to deliver Pepsi products to their customers. She still runs like the good-ole days, but she only comes out for parades and very special occasions these days. Be sure to get a selfie with the antique truck and your ice cold Pepsi!
Ron Fellows Performance Driving School
Mid America Motorworks is proud to once again recognize the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School as the official driving school of Corvette Funfest! Registered Corvette Funfest guests will have the opportunity to win a FREE Performance Driving School lesson.
As The Official High Performance Driving School of Corvette, the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School exclusively uses current model Corvette C7 Stingray and Z06 models. Learn the skills necessary to tame these high horsepower sports cars! The acclaimed driving programs integrate dynamic car exercises and maneuvers to coordinate eyes, hands and feet; providing a baseline for lapping our country's highways and world-class racetracks with speed, finesse and confidence.
The Driving School's curriculum was designed by none other than Corvette racing legend, Ron Fellows, one of North America's most versatile and successful road racing drivers, winning in series from NASCAR, the American Le Mans Series, to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He is also an inductee into the Hall of Fame at the National Corvette Museum. His acclaimed Driving Programs integrate
Welcome XPEL Technologies as an Official Sponsor of Corvette Funfest!
Mid America Motorworks would like to welcome XPEL Technologies to Corvette Evolution! XPEL is a cutting-edge automotive protection company that leads the industry in price, quality, technical support and customer service
XPEL will be attending Corvette Funfest for the third year, offering protection products you need for your Corvette. Make sure to visit their booth at Corvette Funfest to learn more about their offerings and how they can help you protect your Corvette!
Funfest Corvettes For Sale
Trying to make room for your next project? Looking for your starter Corvette? Buyers and sellers welcome at the Cars for Sale Corral!
Everyone loves America's Sports Car and Corvette Funfest is the best place to market your Corvette to other enthusiasts! Whether your selling a pristine machine, or one that needs some love, you'll find a captive audience at Corvette Funfest! All generations and conditions welcome.
If you haven't registered for Corvette Funfest yet, simply add the For Sale feature to your cart before checking out. If you have registered for Corvette Funfest, simply call 866-309-3973 today!
Celebrity Choice Awards
Does your Corvette have what it takes to win? Celebrity Choice Awards will once again be given out at Corvette Funfest. Judging begins following the Thursday Night Fun Run Road Tour and will continue throughout the weekend. If your Corvette is selected by a Celebrity Judge it will be displayed in the Winners Corral and featured during the Celebrity Choice Awards Ceremony.
Celebrity Choice Award winners are invited to participate in an awards ceremony where they will receive a trophy, as well as be photographed with their car and Mike Yager, which will be mailed to winners following the show. Only registered Corvette Funfest participants are eligible for Celebrity Choice Awards.
Click here to see last year's Celebrity Choice Award Winners!
THICKBURGER EATING CONTEST RETURNS TO FUNFEST
Official Contest Rules
The Contest will be held at the Corvette FunFest in Effingham, Illinois on September 17, 2016 at 12:30PM on the Small Funfest Stage. Contestants must be United States residents and at least 18 years of age on the date of the Contest, and must sign and submit a Release and Waiver of Liability prior to the start of the Contest. Professional eaters or other persons recognized by any professional eating organization (including but not limited to AICE, IFOCE, and MLE) are not eligible. Employees and immediate family members of employees of Hardee’s Restaurants LLC (“Sponsor”) or Mid America Motorworks, Inc. are not eligible.
The Contestant who eats the most whole 1/3 lb. Original Thickburgers® in Five (5) minutes will be declared the winner. A “whole” 1/3 lb. Original Thickburger® includes the entire patty and the entire bun and all standard toppings. Partially eaten 1/3 lb. Original Thickburgers® will not be counted except in the case of a tie. Contestants may not use utensils, leave their designated areas, or make physical contact with any other Contestant. Contestants must stop eating immediately upon the ending signal.
How To Enter:
- Fill out a registration form at the Corvette Funfest Corporate Booth. Onsite registration will end at Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 11:00AM
- 5 Randomly selected contestants from onsite registrations will be selected for the contest, and the first 5 randomly contestants present at the Small Funfest Stage.
- Contestants must be at least 18 years of age on the date of the contest
- Contestants must sign and submit a Release and Waiver of Liability
- Contestants must be at present at the Small Funfest Stage for the random draw to be selected for the contest.
Grounds For Disqualification:
- False or incomplete entry form or liability waiver
- Health risks that could jeopardize the Contestant’s health or well-being
- Being under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance
- Starting prior to the starting signal or continuing to eat after the ending signal
- Any other violation of the rules
- Vomiting or regurgitating during or within one (1) minute after the end of the Contest
The winner of the Contest will receive Free Thickburgers® For A Year, consisting of fifty-two (52) coupons, each valid for one (1) free 1/3 lb. Original Thickburger® hamburger per week for one (1) year (expiration dates and other coupon terms and conditions apply). Approximate retail value of the prize is $260.00. The prize winner must consent to the use of his or her name, photograph, likeness and limited biographical information for publicity or advertising purposes without further compensation, where permitted by law. All Contestants must release Mid America Motoroworks Inc., Sponsor and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, franchisees, divisions, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their respective employees, directors, officers, shareholders, agents, successors or assigns, from any and all liability with respect to, or in any way arising from, this Contest and/or acceptance or use of the prize, including liability for personal injury, damages, death or monetary loss.
In the event of any question or dispute about the Contest or any Contestant’s behavior or disqualification, the decision of the Contest Judge(s) will be final. By participating in this Contest, each Contestant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and all decisions of Sponsor and the Contest Judge(s), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel this Contest at any time for any reason without notice, or to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest. Sponsors have the right change contest rules at any time for any reason without notice.