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Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2015 - Cars And Stars - June 5th -  7th

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!



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.

Check Out The Fun Dome & Install Dome

Come to the Fun Dome for a first-person look at the latest VW lifestyle and fashion! The Fun Dome is our outdoor retail center where our catalog and website come to life! If wrenches are more your thing, check out the Install Dome, where you can get the latest hard parts installed on your VW without ever leaving the show!

Check out time lapse of the Install Dome here.

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 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 4th) at 5 PM. 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.

Have An Ultimate Funfest

Experience Funfest for Air-Cooled VW as an Ultimate Guest! Ultimate Registration gives you an all-access pass to Funfest. From the VIP Hospitality area inside the Fun Dome and special Ultimate Parking just steps from all the action, to front stage access at the Saturday night concert, 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
  • Weekend Access to VIP Hospitality Area with Free Beverages & Snacks
  • VIP Access to Saturday Evening Entertainment, Including Open Bar
  • 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

Low Speed Slalom

Don't forget to test your “not-so-low”-speed Slalom skills! It is only $5 for 3 tries and is tons of fun! Don’t worry VW Buses, we have different classes, so you will not have to compete against Dune Buggies! There are great prizes each day, and also a spot in the Winners Corral and a photo with Mike.

The Bug Movie

Following the response of his documentary, The Bus, renowned filmmaker, Damon Ristau, is creating a feature length documentary film about the most beloved and recognizable vehicle on Earth, the Volkswagen Beetle. The Bug Movie follows the iconic vehicle and the culture that loves it, including footage he shot right here at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! Best of all, YOU can help make it happen! Contribute to The Bug Movie and be part of this amazing film.

Sweet Sixteen Funfest for Air-Cooled VW – Thank you!

The sun was shining – most of the time – and we had a great weekend with our Volkswagen friends and family! Thank you for being part of our Sweet Sixteen Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! From the Friday Night Fun Run and Downtown Part to the Expert Seminars, Slaloms, Exhaust Sound Off and of course the Saturday night Tons O’ Fun Band concert, it was a great weekend. The perfect kick-off to summer show season!

Fun Run & Downtown Party

Funfest for Air-Cooled VW kicked off with the crowd favorite Fun Run & Downtown Party. Some 200 Volkswagens streamed through scenic Effingham County before an impromptu parade had locals welcoming VW crowd to Effingham. The Downtown Party – known as Welcome Fest – was hosted by the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau around the Effingham Courthouse square. It included food vendors, snow cones, kettle corn, live entertainment, fabulous giveaways and, of course, a one-of-a-kind Volkswagen show. New to the Downtown Party, a full-fledged Celebrity Choice presentation took place along with the Effingham Mayor’s VW Award.

Celebrity Choice Awards

Celebrity Choice Awards are a Funfest tradition! For our Sweet Sixteen, we added judging on Friday at the Downtown Party, giving our Fun Run participants another reason to celebrate the first day of Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! Winners received a custom-made canvas trophy, autographed by Mike Yager.

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