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03/02/17

Kick Off Funfest for Air Cooled VW!

Help us kick off Funfest for Air-Cooled VW with the Friday Night Fun Run Road Tour & Welcome Fest! Join hundreds of water and Air-Cooled Volkswagen's for a cruise through scenic Effingham County.  

The Fun Run Road Tour concludes as you parade through historic downtown Effingham, where VW enthusiasts welcome Funfest guests. The downtown party, known as Welcome Fest, is hosted by the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, on the Effingham Courthouse square.

You'll enjoy food vendors, live entertainment, and a one-of-a-kind Volkswagen show. Stick around for a special Welcome from Mike Yager, the presentation of Celebrity Choice Awards, and the Effingham Mayor’s VW Award. 

03/02/17

Camp Out Right Here On Funfest Grounds!

Don’t miss a minute of the action - stay at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW all weekend with our FREE on-site camping! We are proud to offer Bus and tent camping on our facilities for our guests. We offer minimal overnight security, lighting at night and Porta Potties for campers. Camping begins the evening before the event (Thursday, June 1st) at 5:00pm. Remember, fires are prohibited on Mid America Motorworks grounds, showers are not available at this time and we are unable to provide electrical access to campers.

03/02/17

Mid America Motorworks Welcomes The Big Idaho Potato to Funfest For Air-Cooled VW!

The world’s largest potato on wheels is traveling across the country promoting Idaho’s most famous agricultural product, the Idaho® potato and will be making a stop in Effingham, IL during Funfest for Air-Cooled VW: Volktoberfest on Friday, June 2nd!

Through it's charitable program "A Big Helping" the Big Idaho Potato Truck will help raise awareness and funds for Harmony Playground, an Effingham, IL organization working to raise funds to build an inclusive playground that is accessible to all children, adults and veterans. Funfest for Air-Cooled VW guests can help Harmony Playground receive a $500.00 donation by simply signing the Big Idaho Potato's Signature Board.

The Big Idaho Potato Truck has become a big piece of pop-culture and Funfest for Air-Cooled VW guests will have the opportunity to check it out and even snap a photo with the six ton potato, on Friday, June 2nd.

03/02/17

Win a FREE Dr. Darby Tune Up at Funfest 2017!

Mid America Motorworks is excited to announce that registered Funfest for Air-Cooled VW guests will have the opportunity to win a FREE Tune Up provided by Dr. Darby and Midwest Autosavers!

Registered guests will be entered for a chance to win a FREE stock engine Tune Up provided by Midwest Autosavers Inc. During the Tune Up, Dr. Darby and the Midwest Autosavers team will adjust your valves, replace the valve cover gaskets, spark plugs, cap, rotor and ignition wires. The team will also convert your VW to electric ignition and dial in the engine for optimal performance and driveability!


To be eligible for this prize, you must be a registered Funfest for Air-Cooled VW guest. The lucky registered Funfest guest will be randomly selected in a drawing held during the Saturday Night Entertainment at the Funfest. The winner must be present to win and must be a registered Funfest for Air-Cooled VW guest. 

02/24/17

Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs - Standard Registration

Your ticket to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! Join us as we celebrate the Volkswagen hobby with three days fun-filled days featuring Expert Seminars, Special VW Displays, Awards and more!

Standard Registration for Funfest for ACVW includes:

• Weekend Show Parking at Funfest for one Vehicle

• Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Awards

• One Goodie Bag with Event T-Shirt, Buyer's Card, Lapel Pin & Event Poster

• Preferred Seating at Funfest Seminars

• Saturday Evening Entertainment Pass

Standard Registration: $25.00

Early Bird Registration: $15.00 
(before 05/24/17)

Please be aware that there are No Refunds for Funfest Registrations. We understand if your plans change and you are no longer able to attend. If you cannot make it and would like your goodie bag, please contact us after the close of Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2017 to make shipping arrangements.

02/24/17

Funfest for Air-Cooled VW - Ultimate Registration

Get the most out of your Funfest experience with an Ultimate Registration! Gain all-access to everything Funfest; From a photo with Mike Yager to meals with VW celebrities and front-row access to t he Saturday evening entertainment. With Ultimate Registration, we take care of the planning and you enjoy the weekend!

Ultimate Registration includes:

• Ultimate Parking Space for the Weekend

• Admission for one person

• One Goodie Bag with Event T-Shirt, Buyer's Card, Lapel Pin, Event Poster and Ultimate Guest Gift

• Lead the Friday Evening Fun Run Road Tour

• VIP Preferred Seating at Funfest Seminars

• VIP access to Saturday Evening Entertainment

• Hang out with Mike Yager and other Industry Celebrities throughout the weekend!

• Complimentary Drinks, Snacks and Meals All Weekend!

Ultimate Registration: $125.00 per person (closed after 05/24/17)

Early Bird Registration: $100.00 per person 
(before 05/01/17)

Please be aware that there are No Refunds for Funfest Registrations. We understand if your plans change and you are no longer able to attend. Ifyou can't make it and would like your goodie bag, please contact us after the close of Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2017 to make shipping arrangements.

02/24/17

Funfest for Air-Cooled VW - Club Registration!

Clubs are where it's at! If your VW Club loves getting together for fun events, add Funfest to your list! With a special parking area just for Clubs, it's easy to show off your VW passion and tell other enthusiasts about the different ways you enjoy the hobby! 

Club Registration Includes:

• Weekend Show Parking at Funfest for one Vehicle

• Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Awards

• One Goodie Bag with Event T-Shirt, Buyer's Card, Lapel Pin and Event Poster

• Preferred Seating at Funfest Seminars

• Saturday Evening Entertainment Pass

Club Registration: $25.00

Early Bird Registration: $15.00 
(before 05/24/17)

Please be aware that there are No Refunds for Funfest Registrations. We understand if your plans change and you are no longer able to attend. If you cannot make it and would like your goodie bag, please contact us after the close of Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2017 to make shipping arrangements.

02/24/17

Funfest for Water-Cooled VWs - Standard Registration

Calling all Water-Cooled VWs!

We are excited to welcome Water-Cooled Volkswagens to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! Join us as we celebrate all types of VOlkswagens June 2nd-4th, 2017!

Standard Registration for Water-Cooled VWs includes:

• Weekend Show Parking at Funfest for one vehicle

• Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Awards

• One Goodie Bag with Event T-Shirt, Buyer's Card, Lapel Pin and Event Poster

• Preferred Seating at Funfest Seminars

• Saturday Evening Entertainment Pass

Standard Registration: $25.00

Early Bird Registration: $15.00 
(before 05/24/17)

Please be aware that there are No Refunds for Funfest Registrations. We understand if your plans change and you are no longer able to attend. If you cannot make it and would like your Goodie Bag, please contact us after the close of Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2017 to make shipping arrangements.

02/23/17

2017 Funfest for Air-Cooled Volkswagen Theme Announced

Mid America Motorworks opens its campus for Volktoberfest, the 18th Annual Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs, June 2nd-4th, 2017. Join thousands of VW enthusiasts participating in the whirlwind weekend filled with Special VW Displays, Car Show, Swapfest, Expert Seminars, Product Demonstrations, and more. 

Volkswagen owners and enthusiasts will cruise into Effingham, IL to attend Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs: Volktoberfest beginning Friday, June 2nd - Sunday, June 4th, 2017.  Mid America Motorworks will open their Corporate Campus at 8:00am each morning, as Volktoberfest attendees arrive from nearly every state in the United States. 

Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs: Volktoberfest weekend will feature the Friday Night Fun Run Road Tour, Downtown WelcomeFest, Celebrity Choice Awards, Educational Seminars, a Q & A Expert Panel, Fashion Show, Slalom, Door Prizes, Awards, and more. In keeping with the theme, Volktoberfest will celebrate in traditional Oktoberfest style on Saturday night. 

Throughout the weekend the MY Garage Museum and Retail Store will be open and available for self-guided tours, featuring note-worthy Volkswagens from the Yager Family Collection. The Fun Dome offers the latest in VW apparel and lifestyle products. On-site installations and tune-ups will be available throughout the weekend in the Install Dome. 

On-site camping is available and there is a large variety of hotels within close proximity. Register for Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs: Volktoberfest today

07/01/16

Winner of the 2016 Engine Give-Away

Darryl's Air-Cooled Engines, Midwest AutoSavers, Inc, and Mid America Motorworks gave away a custom built engine with free installation at the 2016 Funfest For Air-Cooled VWs. Hundreds of VW enthusiasts crowded the Install Dome at Saturday Night's Concert to find out if their name would be the one called out on stage. 

Though his name wasn't the first to be announced, he was the first one called that was present, as required by contest rules. Mark Frey, of Belleville, Illinois has been coming to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW for years, but this one might be his all-time favorite! 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Engine Give-Away At Funfest For Air-Cooled VWs!

05/31/16

Scrubby's Pub Offers Drinks, Food and Entertainment Following Friday Night's Road Tour

Check out Scrubby's Pub at the corner of Jefferson and 4th Street, after the Fun Run Road Tour, at the downtown party for drinks, food and entertainment!

Scrubby's Pub, in downtown Effingham is the place to be for a cold drink after the Road Tour on Friday Night! Smoked BBQ will be provided by Lickin' My Chicken & Pullin' My Pork, beginning at 4pm. Check out the band Flight Fifty, playing from 8pm-10pm. 

05/12/16

Win a Custom 1776cc Engine at Funfest

Mid America Motorworks is elated to announce that registered guests at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2016 will have the opportunity to win a custom built 1776cc engine! Darryl's Air-Cooled Engines will be providing the engine, while Midwest Autosavers Inc. will do the installation.

Registered guests will be entered for a chance to win a custom built 1776cc engine, valued at $6,500, from Darryl's Air-Cooled Engines. Midwest Autosavers Inc. will install the new engine. The installation will include paint detailing of the engine compartment, new body-to-engine seals, new tar boards, new fuel lines, a new engine wiring harness, and all necessary fluids and fittings. The overall value of the giveaway is $7,700 and includes a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty!

Registered attendees can earn additional entries for every $100 spent at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW. The lucky registered Funfest guest will be randomly selected in a drawing held during the concert Saturday night at the Funfest Amphitheater. The winner must be present to win and must be a registered Funfest for Air-Cooled VW guest. 

05/06/16

Swapfest at Funfest

Swapfest is one of our most popular features at Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs. Buy, sell or swap for automotive treasures; including parts, accessories and memorabilia. You'll find everything from Chevrolet and Ford, to Mopar, Street Rods and Muscle Cars. Of course, there will be a special emphasis on Classic VWs and Corvettes! Swapfest is only open to private sellers, giving it that authentic swap meet feel. 20' by 20' booth space is available for only $20. Register today and bring your automotive treasures to Swapfest at Funfest!

05/06/16

Submit Your Nominations for Passing on the Passion and Platinum Bug Awards

Many awards are given out at Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs each year, but perhaps the most distinct awards that we give out each year are the Passing on the Passion and Platinum Bug awards. 

The Passing on the Passion Award recognizes families that share the VW hobby from one generation to the next.The Platinum Bug Award recognizes an individual who has shown long-term dedication to the preservation and promotion of the classic Volkswagen hobby for future generations. Do you know someone that fits either of these descriptions? We would love to hear from you! Nominations for both awards can be submitted via email with the subject line 'Platinum Award' or 'Passion Award'. 

05/04/16

Saturday Night Concert

Funfest for Air-Cooled VW and Effingham Music Fest present the 2016 Summer Concert Series Kickoff on Saturday June, 4th. Headlining the Saturday Night Concert is Skinny Molly – with former touring members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blackfoot. 

Volkswagen owners who are registered for the show will receive two tickets with their goodie bag! Join us at the Funfest Amphitheater on Saturday June 4th at 4:30 in welcoming LP & the Honey Bee, Superbad, The Naked Sissy’s, and Skinny Molly! Additional tickets can be purchased here and in the MY Garage Museum. Tickets will also be available for purchase at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW. Don’t miss your chance to see four amazing bands for only $5 at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! 

05/04/16

Funfest for Air-Cooled VW Slalom

Put your precision driving skills to the test with our “not-so-low-speed” slalom course at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW!

For $5, you will have 3 attempts to top the leader board! Winners will receive a spot in the Winners Corral, a photo with Mike, and a certificate proclaiming your victory!
All vehicles that enter will be put into their respective classes, ranging from bone stock to heavily modified. This ensures that you only compete with similar vehicles.  There will be a Bug Class, a Dune Buggy Class, a Bus/Ghia/Other Air-Cooled VW Class, and a Water-Cooled Class! 

Saturday's overall winner will receive a Classic Wood Steering Wheel with Billet Hub Kit from our sponsor EMPI

You can sign-up for the Funfest for Air-Cooled VW Slalom when you register online, register by phone, or when you pick up your registration packet at Funfest Headquarters.   

05/04/16

Have An Ultimate Funfest

Experience Funfest for Air-Cooled VW as an Ultimate Guest! Ultimate Registration gives you an all-access pass to Funfest. Enjoy the VIP Hospitality area inside the Fun Dome, special Ultimate Parking just steps from all the action, front stage access at the Saturday night concert, and more! Ultimate Registration is the only way to make the most of your Funfest weekend! Ultimate Guests enjoy:

  • Goodie Bag – Event T-shirt, Buyer Card, Lapel Pin, Event Poster & Special Ultimate Guest Gifts
  • Weekend Ultimate Parking and Admission for 1 Person
  • Lead the Friday Fun Run & Downtown Party
  • Exclusive Access to VIP Hospitality Area with Free Beverages & Snacks
  • VIP Access to Saturday Evening Entertainment
  • Limited Number of Hotel Rooms at Our Corporate Rate
  • VIP Preferred Seating at Funfest Seminars
  • VIP Interaction with Mike Yager & other VW industry celebrities throughout the weekend
  • Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Fun Judging
 

04/29/16

Pepsi Fully Loaded

Pepsi + Herbie + Max = the BEST Pepsi station ever! Max Doering, our very own 2015 Passing on the Passion recipient, will be running the "Pepsi Fully Loaded" station at Funfest of Air-Cooled VW. Be sure to stop by the Pepsi station, located by the Fundome, for a cold Pepsi product and learn all about Herbie while enjoying your beverage.

Max has had a love affair with Herbie for many years and is currently on the hunt for his first Beetle, which we are certain will become a Herbie. Max will have both Herbie Fully Loaded and Herbie Goes Bananas on display at his booth. He will also have his most prized Herbie collectibles on display, which he has been acquiring for many years. Best of all, he has a vast knowledge of all things Herbie and will be able to answer most of your questions regarding Herbie.

Max is a very special young man and he reminds all of us at Mid America Motorworks the true importance of this fun and crazy hobby we call VW. Please stop by Max's Pepsi station throughout the weekend and share your VW story with him and I bet you will even learn a thing or two about Herbie. He will also be a celebrity judge and will be giving out the Teenage Choice Award, so be sure to keep an eye out for Max on the show field too.

Thanks Max, we love your passion!

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