You don't have to own a VW to come to Funfest!
There are fun things for everyone to do at our events and we invite anyone and everyone to our shows! General Parking is only $5.00
a day and the Saturday Night Concert is free!
When you arrive, just go through Gate 5 and there will be an attendant to tell you where you can park. If you would still like to get a goodie bag including t shirt, lapel pin and much more, just head straight to Funfest Headquarters after you park!
Preferred Pricing Ends May 24th!
There are only a few days left to take advantage of Preferred Pricing at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2015! Register between now and May 24th for preferred rates. On May 25th, prices go up by $10. Attention VW Clubs, be sure each person registers with your club to secure enough parking spaces for all the members who will be attending. We'll see you in a few weeks!
Herbie At The Downtown Party
A Volkswagen Herbie will be the featured guest of the Downtown Party at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! To celebrate the Cars & Stars theme, we’re bringing the most recognizable Bug to kick off the weekend! One of the street VWs from “Herbie Fully Loaded” will be on the Effingham Courthouse Lawn. Check out the movie magic and snap a photo with this Hollywood icon! The Fun Run begins at 4:30 on Funfest Boulevard Friday, June 5th. See you there!
Funfest Photo Contest
Show us your best shot and WIN a Standard Registration to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2016! We’re hosting a Photo Contest during Funfest this year, where we see the event through your eyes! Starting Friday, June 5th, you can submit up to 5 photos of Funfest. We’ll post them on our social media after the event and the winner will receive a Standard Registration for next year’s event. Check our website for details and submission guidelines.
Saturday Night Concert
Funfest for Air-Cooled VW is just around the corner and we couldn't be happier to announce that Country Singer and Illinois native, Drew Baldridge will be taking the Funfest Amphitheater Stage Saturday, June 6th. Growing up, Drew developed a passion for writing, playing and singing his own Country songs. With the release of his latest album, "Crossing County Lines, Vol. 2" this month and a spot on iTunes Top 30 Country Charts, Drew will be bringing his take on living large on the simple things to Funfest attendees. Two general admission tickets are included with a Standard or Club Funfest registration. Ultimate Registrations include 1 VIP concert ticket. To purchase additional tickets, click here.
VW Author At Funfest
Automotive author John "Gunner" Gunnell is attending Funfest for Air-Cooled VW as part of his latest project for Motorbooks. Gunner is creating a Volkswagen encyclopedia of sorts, providing a definitive, all-encompassing volume showcasing the iconic Volkswagen. The book will consist of 500 color and 200 black and white photos, which is why Gunner is attending Funfest. He will be scouring the grounds, searching for very original VW Beetles, Ghias, Type 3s Things, Buses, etc. to document the early days of a vehicle company that took the world by storm. Register for Funfest today for your chance to be featured in Gunner's latest book!
Renowned filmmaker Damon Ristau showed us that the VW spirit is alive and well with his film, "The Bus Movie." He's at it again with a second installment – "The Bug Movie." This film follows the iconic Volkswagen Beetle and its mesmerizing hold on pop culture. Damon is currently putting the finishing touches on the film and is entrusting the producer, Tory Alonzo, to bring a sneak peek of the work-in-progress to Funfest this year! You don't want to miss this chance to catch a glimpse of the film before it's even released!
MY Air Cooled VW Story
There's a reason that Volkswagens are such an iconic piece of the automotive culture. From first cars, to inherited vehicles and unexpected road trips and the inevitable breakdown, everyone has some kind of story about a classic Volkswagen. Share yours with the world! Submit your story to www.myaircooledvwstory.com. The site is designed to celebrate the VW hobby through stories of the men, women and families who create this vibrant community. We're inviting you to share your stories first-hand with other Air Cooled VW enthusiasts and car lovers in general. Plus, any registered Funfest guests whose story is added to the site will receive special parking all weekend at Funfest! So what are you waiting for?
Avoid Road Construction
With the beginning of summer comes the beginning of road construction. Effingham DOT crews have given us the following guidelines for avoiding stops.
Arriving from the South on I-57 or West on I-70:
USING EXIT 159 (Fayette Avenue)
Turn right on Fayette Avenue (towards Effingham). Follow Fayette Avenue 1.4 miles to 3rd Street (US 45). Turn left on 3rd (US 45) and follow it 3.2 miles to Mid America Motorworks.
USING EXIT 160 (ILL 32/33)
Go straight onto Evergreen Avenue. Follow Evergreen Avenue 1.3 miles to US 45. Turn left on US 45 and follow it 2.2 miles to Mid America Motorworks. OR Turn left on Keller Drive (ILL 32/33). Turn right at Ave of Mid America. Follow Ave. of Mid America until it turns into Charlotte Street at Ford Avenue. Follow Charlotte Street six blocks to Rickelman Avenue. Turn right on Rickelman Avenue and follow it 1.3 miles to US Route 45. Turn left on US Route 45 and follow it 1.1 miles to Mid America Motorworks.
Arriving from the North on I-57
USING EXIT 177 (US 45 – Neoga)
Turn right onto US 45 SOUTH and follow it 13.0 miles to Mid America Motorworks.
Arriving from the East on I-70
USING EXIT 105 (Montrose/Teutopolis)
Turn left towards US 40. Turn right on US 40 towards Teutopolis. Follow US 40 9.4 miles through Teutopolis to 3rd Street (US 45) in Effingham. Turn right on 3rd Street (US 45) and follow it 3.2 miles to Mid America Motorworks.
VW Legend Returns to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW
Mid America Motorworks is thrilled to announce the return of Bruce Meyers to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW. Meyers is fresh off a tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of his creation, the Meyers Manx Dune Buggy. By designing a lightweight dune buggy using fiberglass and a VW frame, Meyers revolutionized the world of off-road racing. Meyers Manx grew in popularity and has become the most copied vehicle in history.
This will be Meyers' third time attending Funfest for Air-Cooled VW. In addition to leading expert seminars, Meyers will be a Celebrity Choice judge. Meyers will be available to sign autographs and visit with VW enthusiasts throughout the weekend.
Funfest for Air-Cooled VW is an annual celebration, bringing together hundreds of VW enthusiasts from around the world. The event includes a kickoff Fun Run, expert seminars, headlining entertainment, awards and much more! There will also be special parking for all Dune Buggies that attend Funfest.
The Meyers Manx is a staple at off-road events, and has even secured a place in pop culture. Manx Dune Buggies have been featured in movies and television shows since the 1960s, from the 1968 The Thomas Crown Affair to a segment called Wonderbug on the television series The Krofft Supershow.
Kick Off Funfest for Air Cooled VW!
Help us kick off the 17th Annual Funfest for Air-Cooled VW with the Fun Run & Downtown Party. Some 300 water and air cooled Volkswagens stream through scenic Effingham County before an impromptu parade where locals welcome the VW crowd in Effingham style. The Downtown Party – known as Welcome Fest – is hosted by the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau around the Effingham Courthouse square. It includes food vendors, live entertainment, giveaways and, of course, a one-of-a-kind Volkswagen show, including a full-fledged Celebrity Choice presentation and the Effingham Mayor’s VW Award.