Celebrity Choice Award Winner’s Parade03/23/18
Each year during Corvette Funfest, the Largest Corvette Party in the World, select Corvettes (and their owners) are recognized during the Annual Celebrity Choice Awards. Mid America Motorworks has recently announced that the 2018 Celebrity Choice Awards Ceremonies will commence with a Winner’s Parade Lap around the Funfest grounds.
Celebrity Choice Award winners are selected each day as part of the event. Winners are invited to display their Corvette in the Winner’s Coral, as a special display for the enjoyment of all Corvette Funfest guests. Each day Celebrity Choice Award winners are recognized during a ceremony, which includes a trophy presentation and a photo with their Corvette. All registered Corvette Funfest guests are eligible for judging.
In addition to the Award Ceremony, Mid America Motorworks has announced a new element, a Winners Parade Lap around the Funfest campus before the ceremony. The Winners Parade lap will take place on Friday and Saturday only, with lineup beginning at 3:00pm and the parade beginning at 3:30pm. Friday’s parade will include Celebrity Choice Awards Winners from Thursday’s Road Tour and Friday’s winners. Saturday’s winners, as well as any winners who missed the ceremony on Friday, will parade around the campus on Saturday.
The parade will be led by a parade marshal, driving Mike Yager’s Corvette and escorting local fair queens. The Winners Parade Lap will come to an end at Winner’s Wall. The Celebrity Choice Awards Ceremony will begin immediately following the parade. After the presentation, Winners are invited to leave their car parked in the Winner’s Coral for the remainder of the day, or return to their normal parking spot.
As part of the Winners Parade Lap, two Corvette Funfest guests will be selected as Celebrity Choice Awards Parade Marshals. Mid America Motorworks will be rolling out a Facebook Contest to randomly select the Celebrity Choice Awards Parade Marshals. Contest winners will lead the parade, while driving Mike Yager’s Torch Red Z06 Corvette Convertible and escorting area fair queens. Corvette Funfest guests who are interested in being a Celebrity Choice Awards Parade Marshal will have two opportunities to participate in the Facebook contests. Winners will be randomly selected and announced prior to the event.
“Winning a Celebrity Choice Award during Corvette Funfest is a huge honor to our guests,” says Mid America Motorworks’ Chief Cheerleader Mike Yager. “We know this because we frequently meet people who tell us about an award they won in 1997 and who the judge was. We want to take that honor a step further,” continued Yager, “an exclusive parade through our campus will bring this experience to the next level.”
25th Annual Corvette Funfest • September 20-23, 201803/22/18
What began 25 years ago as a customer appreciation party, Corvette Funfest has grown into the Largest Corvette Party in the World. In honor of reaching that 25 year milestone, Mid America Motorworks has announced that Corvette Funfest will once again be FREE for pre-registered guests. The 25th Annual Corvette Funfest will take place September 20-23, 2018 on the Mid America Motorworks Corporate Campus in Effingham, Ill.
Corvette Funfest takes a tremendous amount of planning and preparations to ensure a seamless experience for our guests and registration will help us do that. We want to ensure that we can accommodate all the Corvette friends we’ve made over the past years. While enthusiasts will receive FREE event admission that doesn’t mean they should skip registration all together; Registration ensures eligibility for Celebrity Choice Awards, the Fun Run Road Tour, discounts on purchases, entertainment and educational sessions and other aspects of the event.
As part of the 25 Annual Corvette Celebration, a special display featuring silver-colored Corvettes will create a "Sea of Silver". Funfest guests who are interested in being a part of this display should select the "Exclusive Registration" when registering for Corvette Funfest 2018. For guests who prefer premium services, Premium Registrations will be offered, making it only $25 to secure a prime parking space on the show field. Guests who wish to experience the Ultimate Corvette Funfest weekend with an all-inclusive feel can choose the Ultimate Registration featuring the best parking on campus, drinks, meals and snacks, the 2018 event t-shirt and yearbook, a gift from the Yager’s and access to industry celebrities and VIPs for $250.00 per person.
The four-day weekend is jam-packed with non-stop action for 2018. We are welcoming exciting and new industry celebrities, adding new suppliers and vendors, educational seminars and more to keep you busy on our Corporate Campus throughout the weekend. We will again be offering our sell-out off-site excursions during Corvette Funfest 2018. Stay tuned for announcements as we add new destinations and experiences so that you can get out and explore the area and great local businesses!
For Corvette Funfest guests who enjoy testing their abilities, the 1/8 mile Drag Racing Event will return for 2018. “The need for speed and quality performance is in every Corvette owner’s blood,” says Mike Yager, “we are excited to offer this classic racing, grudge-match event during Corvette Funfest.” The Drag Strip Event will take place at the Coles County Dragway in Charleston, Illinois. Register now to participate in the Corvette Funfest Drag Strip Event!
The Thursday Night Fun Run Road Tour will depart Funfest Blvd. on a scenic route through Effingham County. This year’s route will feature winding roads, rolling hills, and wooded lands before parading into downtown for the annual Welcome Fest Party.The Fun Run Road Tour is FREE to participate in, but space is limited and preregistration is required.
The Annual Corvette Funfest Charity Event on Friday night will benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with a Las Vegas themed Casino Night. Guests attending the Charity Event will try their luck at Blackjack, Poker, Craps, and other classic casino table games for a chance to win great prizes, including a trip to Las Vegas! Tickets are $100 per person and include Casino chips, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment. To reserve your ticket, call 800-500-1500. If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to make a charitable donation, please click here.
Check back on this site frequently to see all of the news and announcements for Corvette Funfest 2018! See you in September!
Mike Yager To Be Inducted Into Corvette Hall Of Fame12/11/17
If someone had told 12-year-old Mike Yager on the day he saw his first Corvette that his newly-discovered passion would go from a hobby, develop into a business, and ultimately lead to his induction into the National Corvette Museum’s Hall of Fame, it’s hard to say how that young boy would have responded.
It was a Friday afternoon on May 26th, 1962, when Mike Yager saw his first Corvette; riding with his brother, Frank, in a big rig, headed East from St. Louis to get home for the Memorial Day Weekend celebrations. “I had no idea then, riding in the truck with my brother Frank, that my life would become totally involved and encircled by the Corvette,” Yager said. “Being nominated among the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees is not something I take lightly. This is the greatest achievement of my life.”
Induction into the Corvette Hall of Fame is the highest honor awarded by the museum; recipients are recognized for their contributions to the past, present and future of Corvette. Yager will join Tom Wallace, and John and Burt Greenwood at the August 31 Induction Ceremony and Banquet, which is part of the National Corvette Museum’s 24th Anniversary Celebration in Bowling Green, KY.
Mike Yager has always been a Corvette enthusiast first, owning over 300 Corvettes as well as numerous historically significant Corvettes. Yager founded a local Corvette Club 1971 and joined the National Council of Corvette Clubs. Throughout his ongoing NCCC membership, he has held various regional positions and later became a Board Member from 1978-1979. Mike has also served as an influential Board Member for the LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash.
Yager’s career began as a 20-year-old hoping to pay his admission to car shows by selling owner’s manuals, jackets, drinking glasses and more to the loyal Corvette constituency. After nearly 50 years in business under Yager’s leadership, Mid America Motorworks has grown into one of the world’s largest suppliers of aftermarket parts and accessories for Corvette.
As his experience and business progressed, Yager began sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for America’s Favorite Sports Car with Corvette Clubs and others, including key members of the GM team. Through his connections within the Corvette industry, Yager was involved in the early planning stages of the National Corvette Museum and, like many of his peers, was excited about the prospect of seeing the Museum become a reality.
As the project advanced, Mid America Motorworks made many contributions to the Museum, including a $250K donation, in kind, consisting of retail products and cash. Yager was a driving force supporting the Annex Gift Shop, which would be a temporary Museum and Gift Shop that gave enthusiasts a taste of what was to come. Several Corvettes from Mike Yager’s MY Garage Collection have been loaned to the Museum, including one of the first cars to be displayed at the museum to Corvette Enthusiasts. Yager’s guidance in expanding on merchandise ensured that the Annex succeeded while plans moved forward for the Museum.
Through it all, Mike, the Yager Family and Mid America Motorworks were loyal supporters of NCM, organizing fundraising efforts like the Mid America Motorworks Round Up program on customer orders. Mike also participated in a friendly rivalry with fellow Corvette Enthusiasts' Larry Martin and Bob Patrella to see who could take the bragging-rights title of largest donor at Museum-related functions, raising funds for land acquisitions to further the Museum’s development.
Along with featured guests Dan Gale and Jim Perkins, Mike Yager was a presenting speaker at the opening of the National Corvette Museum in September of 1994. As one of the key-note speakers, Mike later led a special ceremony where a time capsule was buried to be opened on the 100th Anniversary of Corvette in 2053. It contained owner’s manuals and other Corvette-related items, including messages from former Corvette Chief Engineers Zora Arkus-Dontav, Dave Hill, Dave McLellan, Jim Perkins and close friend Dan Gale with their ideas of what Corvettes would be like on the 100th Anniversary. An identical time capsule is currently on display at the Mid America Motorworks Corporate Campus in Effingham, Ill.
As the National Corvette Museum settled into its home in Bowling Green, Yager joined the Board of Directors. Serving from 1997-2005, Mike helped the Museum through a difficult financial position as well as highlights such as leading the celebration of Corvette’s 50th Anniversary as Chairman of the Board from 2002-2003.
“Looking back at my time on the NCM board, I recognize that Wendell (Strode) has done a tremendous job managing the NCM, its assets and its growth over the years,” Yager said. “As a Board Member and Chairman we may have been on different pages from time to time, but we were always agreed that the NCM could contribute to the vibrancy of the Corvette community.”
While reflecting on his nomination, Yager joked that it was one of the few times he has been speechless in his life. “I assumed this would happen someday, but didn’t expect it would happen now. This is an honor that I will spend the next year celebrating and I will always cherish this life-time achievement.”
Yager operates Mid America Motorworks from Effingham, Ill. A true family business, the company includes Mike’s wife Laurie, and sons Michael, Jr. and Blake on the Executive team. Daughters-in-law Betsy and Tabbi Yager are also members of the Mid America Motorworks team. In addition to providing Corvette aftermarket parts and lifestyle items around the world, Mid America Motorworks also hosts Corvette Funfest annually, welcoming thousands of enthusiasts to the corporate campus for a weekend celebrating everything fun about America’s Favorite Sports Car.