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We Can Do Installations at Funfest

Corvette Funfest 2023 Downtown Cruise with gray C6 in foreground, viewed from the back

Have you been thinking about doing a few upgrades, improvements, and embellishments to your beloved Corvette? We are taking pre-orders to have your items installed at Corvette Funfest this year. If you are interested and want to know more about this service, please contact us at 800.500.1500.

Save the Date! Corvette Funfest 2024

Corvette Funfest 2023 Downtown Cruise with gray C6 in foreground, viewed from the back

Saturday, September 21, 2024 is officially the date we have chosen to celebrate Corvette Funfest 2024. This means our most-awaited road tour will fall on Friday, September 20, 2024. We are still finalizing additional details for this year’s show as we restructure its production. Please keep checking back on this website for more updates as we continue to roll out more information. We hope you are as excited as we are!

Throwback Thursday to Corvette Funfest 2023

Corvette Funfest 2023 Downtown Cruise with gray C6 in foreground, viewed from the back

Let's take a look back at our Corvette Funfest from last year, September 15-16, 2023. The highly anticipated weekend started on Friday evening when Corvette enthusiasts and residents gathered for a road tour through a scenic route before arriving in Downtown Effingham.

Everyone enjoyed live music entertainment, local food trucks, and vendors around the Effingham County Museum. The weekend festivities continued on Saturday with awards, seminars, more food, and refreshments, culminating in a high-octane concert performance by Night Moves: The Ultimate Bob Seger Tribute. They did a phenomenal job taking us back to the rock 'n' roll era of the 70s and 80s.

Saturday Night Concert

Funfest 2023 Band

Get ready for a nostalgic musical journey that will transport you straight back to the iconic rock 'n' roll era of the 70s and 80s. Night Moves: The Ultimate Bob Seger Tribute is gearing up to grace the stage at the Funfest Amphitheater for the Saturday Night Concert at Corvette Funfest 2023, and it's a performance that's not to be missed. Channeling the electric energy and soulful vibes of Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band, Night Moves flawlessly recreates the essence of the legendary live shows that captivated audiences around the world.

Night Moves encapsulates the raw spirit and magnetic stage presence that defined Bob Seger's performances during his heyday. From the gravelly vocals that can move mountains to the irresistible melodies that have become anthems of a generation, the tribute band captures every nuance with precision and passion. Whether you're a dedicated Bob Seger enthusiast or new to his timeless sound, Night Moves' performance promises an unforgettable night of music that will undoubtedly leave you singing along and craving more. So, get ready to be swept off your feet as Night Moves takes center stage, delivering an authentic and exhilarating experience that pays homage to one of rock's greatest icons.

For those who have yet to fall under the spell of Bob Seger's music, Night Moves: The Ultimate Bob Seger Tribute is poised to work its magic. Once the electrifying tunes and magnetic atmosphere take hold, it's nearly impossible not to become a devoted Seger fan. The band's commitment to capturing the essence of Seger's live shows is nothing short of remarkable, drawing in even those who might not have been familiar with his work before. Prepare to have your musical horizons expanded and your appreciation for rock 'n' roll legends deepened as Night Moves delivers a performance that transcends time and generations. Whether you're there to relive the golden era of rock or to discover the magic of Bob Seger for the first time, one thing is certain – when Night Moves takes the stage at Corvette Funfest 2023, the amphitheater will be alive with the spirit of true, unadulterated rock 'n' roll.

2023 Event T-Shirts

Funfest 2023 Shirts

Save time by ordering your Corvette Funfest 2023 event T-shirt ahead of time for pickup! These incredibly comfortable, cotton/poly blend shirts are now available and being made on-site if you do not order ahead. Your choice of color allows you to choose the perfect shirt to remember your time with us here in Effingham, IL!

Saturday Night Country Dinner

Saturday Night Country Dinner

Get ready to indulge in a mouthwatering extravaganza at the Saturday Night Country Dinner! This eagerly anticipated annual event is back along with the delicious comfort food presented by Niemerg's Family Dining from here in Effingham, IL. Prepare your taste buds for a feast featuring a delectable lineup including Niemerg's famous fried chicken, irresistibly tender slow smoked pulled pork, creamy whipped potatoes and gravy, soul-soothing chicken noodles, farm-fresh corn, perfectly seasoned green beans, and refreshing coleslaw, all accompanied by freshly baked dinner rolls. Remember, the Saturday Night Country Dinner tickets are priced at $15 per person, so make sure to secure your spot at this delightful gathering of flavors and community. Tickets are limited and will only be available until they're sold out!

Corvette Funfest Car Corral

Corvette Funfest Car Corral

Explore a haven of automotive dreams at the Car Corral! Whether you're on the hunt for your next exhilarating ride or looking to part ways with your cherished Corvette, the Car Corral offers a unique opportunity to connect with fellow enthusiasts and make automotive aspirations a reality. With spaces still available, secure your spot and become a part of this dynamic hub where stories and dreams of horsepower unfold against the backdrop of automotive excellence. Don't miss the chance to be a part of the action - the Car Corral awaits!

Kenny’s Korner is Back!

Kenny Yager

Who doesn't love finding a deal? Kenny Yager is back again with his "Korner" of scratch and dent treasures. Whether you're working on a full restoration and need NOS parts or getting your weekend driver back on the road, you're likely to find what you need at Kenny's Korner!

Corvette Adventures at Corvette Funfest

Corvette Adventures

Have you heard of Corvette Adventures and Chula Vista Resorts, but don't know what it's all about? Do you enjoy cruising in your Corvette and sharing the hobby with your friends? If so, make your way to the Funfest Shopping Center and visit with our friends Ed and Barb Saari! Ed and Barb explain that "because there are no straight roads in Wisconsin, the drive is as fun as the destinations!" These two have been hosting Corvette Adventures for several years now and would love to tell you why it's the next Corvette show to add to your list!

Annual St. Jude 50/50 Raffle

St. Jude Logo

Corvette Funfest has a history of raising funds for worthy causes. For the last several years, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has been the recipient of annual fundraisers and 2023 is no different! Visit the MY Garage Museum or the Information Booth to get your ticket to our 50/50 raffle. The daily operating cost at St. Jude is $2.2 million, with approximately 75% of those funds coming from donations. We're pleased to assist them in the effort to end childhood cancer. A winner for the 50/50 will be drawn before the Saturday evening concert.

Ron Fellows Performance Driving School Giveaway

Ron Fellows

As the Official High Performance Driving School of Corvette, the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School exclusively uses current model Corvette Stingray models on OEM Michelin tires. Learn the skills necessary to tame these high horsepower sports cars in one of their adrenaline-charged Corvette schools. Designed for all experience levels, the Corvette Owners School is the ultimate owner’s manual, providing new Corvette owners with in-depth knowledge of their vehicle while also teaching them about its incredible track capabilities. Whether you are interested in tracking your Corvette some day or simply taking advantage of this incredible giveaway at Corvette Funfest, we are confident you will leave with the skills and techniques needed to make you a better driver every day, in any vehicle.

Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club is much more than a racetrack – it’s a complete racing experience built to standards like no other facility in the nation. Set against a stunning mountain backdrop just 55 miles West of the Las Vegas Strip, the state-of-the-art facility encompasses the longest road course in North America with over 6 miles of challenging racetrack and more than 50 unique configurations!

If you are registered for Corvette Funfest, you will receive one ticket to get your name in for a chance to win this outstanding experience! One winner will be drawn on Saturday, Sept. 16th at 7:30pm before the concert. Need not be present to win. Certificate is for the course only and does not include travel and lodging.

Corvette Funfest 2023: A Year of Milestones

Corvette Funfest 2023

Corvette Funfest 2023 is set to be an extraordinary celebration that weaves together three remarkable milestones in the world of automotive passion. Marking 30 years of Corvette Funfest, this event is a testament to the enduring camaraderie and shared love for these iconic cars that have united enthusiasts for three decades. Adding to the grandeur is the celebration of Mid America Motorworks' 50th year in business, a half-century of dedication to providing Corvette lovers with top-tier products and experiences. As if that wasn't enough reason to rejoice, the event also pays homage to the 70th anniversary of the Corvette, honoring seven decades of groundbreaking design and exhilarating performance. With the convergence of these three significant anniversaries, Corvette Funfest 2023 promises an unforgettable experience where the past, present, and future of Corvette excellence come together in an unparalleled spectacle of passion and innovation.

All New Door Prizes

door prizes

Corvette Funfest 2023 promises an array of brand new door prizes that will elevate your Corvette enthusiasm to new heights! Immerse yourself in the world of Corvette lifestyle accessories that cater to both your passion for these iconic cars and your desire to enhance your daily routine. From sleek and stylish apparel that showcases your devotion to the Corvette legacy, to gorgeous home and travel accessories designed to amplify your driving adventures and spice up your home, these prizes are tailored to delight and inspire. Throughout each day of the show, the hospitality tent will come alive with anticipation as these fantastic door prizes are drawn, adding an extra layer of thrill to an already unforgettable gathering of Corvette aficionados. Don't miss out on the chance to not only celebrate the Corvette spirit but also take home these exciting additions to your Corvette lifestyle.

Important Update

Important Announcement

Recent events have required that we announce some adjustments to this year's Corvette Funfest, which is scheduled to take place from September 14-16 here in Effingham, IL. We wanted to take a moment to explain what is going on to provide you with some context.

Some of you are already aware, but our founder and Chief Cheerleader, Mike Yager, recently experienced a health setback due to a heart attack. Mike has always been the heart and soul of Funfest, and his commitment to the Corvette community has been nothing short of remarkable. We are pleased to report that Mike is steadily on the path to recovery and is doing very well given the circumstances.

In light of his ongoing recovery and with his wellbeing being our top priority, we have made the decision to scale back this year's Corvette Funfest slightly compared to prior years. While we understand that this news may come as a disappointment, we believe it is crucial to ensure that Mike's healing process is not rushed and that he is given the time and space he needs to fully recuperate. Mike will still be here during the show as always, but will be limited more than he’s used to as he continues to heal.

Despite the adjustments, we want to assure you that the spirit of Corvette Funfest will remain alive and vibrant. Our dedicated team is still working diligently to organize an event that will celebrate our shared passion for Corvettes, but some areas will be scaled back slightly to adjust to Mike’s physical condition and simply to enable our limited staffing the ability to manage the show properly. There will still be opportunities to connect with fellow enthusiasts, participate in engaging activities, and revel in the camaraderie that makes Corvette Funfest so special.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for your understanding and support during this time. Your well-wishes and encouragement mean the world to Mike and the entire Yager family as well as all of us working behind the scenes. We look forward to welcoming you to Corvette Funfest 2023, where we will unite as a community, celebrating not only the incredible machines we cherish but also the resilient spirit that defines us.

Please stay tuned for further updates and announcements in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team at customer.service@mamotorworks.com, by calling (800) 500-1500, or reaching out to us over social media.

Thank you for being a part of the Corvette family. Together, we will make Corvette Funfest 2023 a memorable and heartwarming experience as always!

Get a Wild Caricature at Funfest!

Mike and Laurie Caricature

Dan Wild, a talented caricature artist, will be making a special appearance on Friday September 15th, providing his services exclusively on our grounds from 9 AM to 5 PM! Whether you prefer black and white or color caricatures, Dan can cater to your preference thanks to over 20 years of caricaturing events! Don't forget your Corvette! If you have a photo of your ride, Dan can even expertly incorporate it into the picture for an additional fee. Don't miss the chance to get your very own personalized caricature from Dan Wild at Corvette Funfest 2023!

Corvette Funfest 2023 Road Tour

Corvette Funfest Downtown Effingham

Visit Effingham will be hosting the Corvette Funfest Pre-Party in Downtown Effingham on Friday, September 15th, 2023! Corvette enthusiasts and residents are welcome to attend and help us kick off a weekend of classic cars!

Mid America Motorworks will lead the road tour through a beautiful route before arriving to Downtown Effingham at 5:00 p.m. The evening’s festivities will take place around the scenic Effingham County Museum. The evening will feature live local music and some of our favorite local food trucks and vendors.

“The Corvette Funfest Pre-Party is a great opportunity for us to welcome visitors to our community, but also, for residents to come and check out one-of-a-kind Corvettes and enjoy some unique entertainment,” said Tourism Director Jodi Thoele.

There will be plenty of parking and room to listen to some great tunes, so bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great night in Effingham.

For more information on the Friday night event, contact the Effingham Tourism department at 217-342-5310 or visit www.VisitEffinghamIL.com.

Arriving to Effingham early? Come in to the MY Garage Museum and Retail Store for some shopping and to receive a coupon book for local businesses and restaurants as well as other information on nearby places of interest to visit around Effingham!

Kim's Gold Dust

Corvette Jewelry

We are thrilled to announce that Kim's Gold Dust will be gracing Corvette Funfest with its dazzling presence! As a renowned name in the world of Corvette accessories and jewelry, Kim's Gold Dust is all set to showcase the finest collection of meticulously crafted Corvette-themed treasures. From sleek and stylish necklaces to striking cufflinks and elegant bracelets, their creations are an ode to the timeless allure of Corvettes. Corvette Funfest attendees can now look forward to exploring a treasure trove of exquisite pieces that perfectly capture the spirit of our beloved sports car. So, don't miss the chance to adorn yourself with the finest Corvette-inspired jewelry and accessories at Kim's Gold Dust booth!

Wes Wong at Tuscan Hills Winery

Wes Wong

Corvette Funfest is in for an extraordinary treat as retired FBI agent Wes Wong joins us once again at Tuscan Hills Winery here in Effingham, IL to share his gripping experiences during the tragic events of 9/11. A man of immense courage and dedication, Wong has a captivating tale to tell about his time as a first responder during the unprecedented terrorist attacks. With a career marked by exceptional service and selflessness, he witnessed the horrors of that fateful day firsthand and played a pivotal role in the efforts of the aftermath.

His insightful presentation will not only shed light on the challenges faced by first responders during such a crisis but also highlight the resilience of the human spirit. Corvette enthusiasts and visitors alike will have the opportunity to learn from his bravery and reflect on the importance of unity and strength in times of adversity. Join us on the evening of Thursday, September 14th for this unforgettable presentation as we honor the heroes of 9/11 and remember the indomitable spirit that binds us all together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Corvette Funfest FAQ
How much does it cost?
Registration is $25.00 plus service fees through ticketweb.com per Corvette and free to the general public. No registration is required to spectate, come on out and join in the fun!
Where do I enter?
All Corvettes and spectators will enter through Gate 2 at the drive-in movie theater sign.
Where do I enter?
All clubs and anyone wanting to park together will have to arrive together at the same time to be able to park next to one another in the show field.
What do I do when I get there?
Stop by the Registration desk once you have parked and make sure to pick up your dash plaque to make your Corvette eligible for the Celebrity Choice Awards, your buyer's card to get a 10% discount on eligible items, door prize tickets, and your goodie bag!
Will there be food?
No party is complete without food! Numerous food trucks and vendors will be here to make sure you stay full and hydrated!
Will there be event T-shirts?
Yes! Shirts will be available for purchase on-site at Borgic Designs' booth near the Registration desk. Shirts will also be available in a variety of colors so you can choose to your own preference!
Who's the entertainment this year?
We are still exploring options for this year's show and will have more information once we have everything finalized. One thing we know is, you're sure to be entertained! Will it be a tribute band? Your favorite group back on tour? Stay tuned to find out!
Was your question not answered?
Call us at (800) 500-1500 for any other questions you may have!

Volunteers Needed!

Corvette Funfest Volunteers

Calling all Corvette enthusiasts and passionate individuals! To make Corvette Funfest a roaring success, we rely on the help of generous, dedicated volunteers in addition to our own staff. Whether you're a gearhead with an undying love for Corvettes or simply someone who wants to contribute to a thrilling community event, we welcome you with open arms. Your enthusiasm and commitment will help us create an unforgettable experience for Corvette enthusiasts and visitors alike.

Join us in putting on a spectacular display of horsepower, history, and camaraderie! Together, let's rev up the excitement and make Corvette Funfest a showstopper! Please contact us at customer.service@mamotorworks.com or call (800) 500-1500 to find out more about what areas we could use your help with this year!

Schedule Your Install

Corvette Funfest Installs

With Corvette Funfest just around the corner, it's time to gear up for the ultimate celebration of all things Corvette. To ensure you can flaunt your prized possession at its absolute best, we strongly recommend scheduling installations for any desired parts and accessories beforehand. From jaw-dropping exterior accessories to high-performance exhaust systems and cutting-edge upgrades, our expert technicians are ready to transform your Corvette into a show-stopping masterpiece.

By booking in advance, you can guarantee your time slot as well as ensuring that we have time to order any specialty products in before the show. If not scheduled prior to the show, all installations will be on a first come, first served basis and will only be available for products available on-site. For more information on scheduling an installation or what products are available, email us at customer.service@mamotorworks.com or call (800) 500-1500!

Ron McQueeney at Corvette Funfest 2023

Mike Yager and Ron McQueeny

We are excited to welcome retired Director of Photography at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ron McQueeney, back to Corvette Funfest once again to enlighten attendees with his captivating seminars to impart his insights and experiences from his illustrious career. With an unparalleled eye for capturing the essence of motorsports, McQueeney has been an integral part of numerous iconic moments at one of the most legendary racing venues in the world. Get ready to be enthralled by the passion, dedication, and artistry that have made Ron McQueeney an institution in the motorsports photography world!

Save the date! Corvette Funfest 2023 Dates Announced

funfest theme

Mark your calendars! This year's show is planned for September 14-16, 2023 on our corporate campus in Effingham, IL.

Many details are still being planned and finalized, but you can count on wonderful food and refreshment vendors, Celebrity Choice Awards, the Fun Run Road Tour, and live entertainment!

Check back here to stay up to date on the latest Corvette Funfest 2023 news and updates as more details are announced. We'll see you in September!

Corvette Funfest 2022 Schedule

Corvette Funfest 2022 T-Shirts

View and Download a Printable PDF Version of the Corvette Funfest 2022 Schedule

Corvette 2022 Funfest Schedule September 17, 2022
8:00 am

Funfest Grounds Open - Gate 2

MyGarage Museum, Corvette Clearance Cave and Check-In Station Open

10:00 am

Opening Ceremonies

Located at the 1910 Gas Station

10:30 am

All Day Funfest Entertainment

DJ - IT's Music Entertainment, Games, Trivia, Karaoke, Club Activities and More!

11:00 am

Seminar:* 50 Years of Mid America Motorworks

Presented by Mike Yager - Chief Cheerleader

HULA HOOP CONTEST at the FOOD COURT

1:00 pm

Seminar:* Corvette Pace Cars At The Indy 500

Presented by Ron McQueeney - Retired Director of Photography Indianapolis Motor Speedway

CLUB PUZZLE RACES at the FOOD COURT

2:00 pm

Seminar:* My 40 Years As "The Eyes Of The Speedway"

Presented by Ron McQueeney - Retired Director of Photography Indianapolis Motor Speedway

CORVETTE MUSICAL CHAIRS at the FOOD COURT

3:00 pm

Seminar:* Corvette Behind the Scenes

Presented by Steve Grilli - Retired Bowling Green Quality Manager

KARAOKE BINGO at the FOOD COURT

4:00 pm

Celebrity Choice Awards

Located at the 1910 Gas Station

4:30 pm

Door Prize & Raffle Drawings

Located at the 1910 Gas Station

5:00 pm

Entertainment - Dakota Danielle, Followed By Quick & Bradley

Located at the Food Court

5:30 pm

Niemerg's Country Dinner at the Food Court

Tickets available at the Check-In Station

9:00 pm

Funfest Grounds Close

Thanks For Joining Us!

*Seminars are held around the corner from the install center behind the MyGarage Museum

Corvette Funfest Pre-Party – Friday Night

Corvette Funfest 2022 T-Shirts

Visit Effingham will be hosting the Corvette Funfest Pre-Party at the Effingham Performance Center from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2022. Corvette enthusiasts and residents are welcome to attend and help us kick off a weekend of classic cars!

Mid America Motorworks will lead a cruise-in to the Effingham Performance Center arriving at 5:00 p.m. The evening’s festivities will take place in the EPC’s courtyard. The event will feature live music from Doty and Dexter, as well as a few of our favorite food trucks, including Slow Spark BBQ and Homewood Grill.

“The Corvette Funfest Pre-Party is a great opportunity for us to welcome visitors to our community, but also, for residents to come and check out one-of-a-kind Corvettes and enjoy some unique entertainment,” said Tourism Director Jodi Thoele.

There will be plenty of parking and room to listen to some great classic rock tunes, so bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great night in Effingham.

For more information on the Friday night event, contact the Effingham Tourism department at 217-342-5310 or visit www.VisitEffinghamIL.com.

Stopping by Friday during the day? Come in to the MY Garage Museum and Retail Store for some shopping and to receive a coupon book for local businesses and restaurants as well as a scavenger hunt booklet and other information on nearby places of interest to visit around Effingham!

Saturday Night Entertainment

Corvette Funfest 2022 T-Shirts

Dakota Danielle

She is a small-town sensation who broke into the country scene with the release of her debut single “One Church”, which quickly and independently garnered over 75k streams on Spotify. After the video premiered on the country network, Dakota followed with the release of her sophomore single "Forever."

Following the loss of her mother in 2018, the 27-year-old dove into writing to begin her healing process. This led to her debut ep my mother's daughter and her single “One Day Closer to You.” Dakota filled her mother's role as caretaker to her father, who was battling cancer. When she lost her father in June, her latest track took on a profound meaning. It evokes a visceral response for anyone who has experienced loss. The self-penned projects are a reflection of her past and touch on the changes brought about by these challenging life events.

Dakota released her uptempo single “Backroads.” The audio exclusive was premiered by The Boot. The song quickly reached over 10k streams on Spotify. This year she has released a new single “It’s a Beginning” and continues to release new music in the upcoming months.

Dakota Danielle strives to make her hometown and parents proud with her goal to inspire, spread kindness and tell her story through her deeply personal, yet charismatic music.

“I live by the idea that when words fall apart, music speaks.”

Quick & Bradley

Larry & Cleve have formed a semi-acoustic duo act performing from groups such as: The Eagles, The Beatles, Jimmy Buffett, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Seger, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean etc.. as well as some calmer versions of the Classic Rock tunes we've always loved.

Saturday Night Dinner

Corvette Funfest 2022 T-Shirts

Join us Saturday September 17, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. during our Corvette Funfest for a country dinner while you enjoy music by Dakota Danielle and Quick & Bradley.

Saturday Night Dinner

  • Fried Chicken
  • Pulled Pork BBQ
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Noodles
  • Coleslaw
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Rolls
  • Tea or Lemonade
  • Brownie or Cookies

Cost is just $12 per person. Non-Refundable. A limited number of tickets will be available on-site.

This is not eligible for shipping. Tickets can be picked up at will call the day of the event.

Order Your Tickets Now or call (800) 500-1500.

Event Location:
Mid America Motorworks
2800 North 3rd Street
Effingham, IL 62401

DJ-IT’s Music Entertainment

Corvette Funfest 2022 T-Shirts

Music, games, trivia, karaoke, club activities, and more all day long provided by DJ-IT’s Music Entertainment! Test your Corvette knowledge with various trivia questions throughout the day or join in the fun with the scheduled events to win some incredible Corvette prizes!

  • 11:00am: Hula Hoop Contest at the Food Court
  • 1:00pm: Club Puzzle Races at the Food Court
  • 2:00pm: Corvette Musical Chairs at the Food Court
  • 3:00pm: Karaoke Bingo at the Food Court

2022 Event T-Shirts

Corvette Funfest 2022 T-Shirts

Save time by ordering your Corvette Funfest 2022 event T-shirt ahead of time for pickup! These incredibly comfortable, cotton/poly blend shirts are now available and being made on-site if you do not order ahead. Your choice of color allows you to choose the perfect shirt to remember your time with us here in Effingham, IL!

Order Your Shirt Now

Frequently Asked Questions

Corvette Funfest 2022 T-Shirts

How much does it cost? This year’s show is FREE for Corvette owners and free to the general public. No registration is required, come on out and join in the fun!

Where do I enter? All Corvettes and spectators will enter through Gate 2 at the drive-in movie theater sign.

How can my Corvette club park together? All clubs and anyone wanting to park together will have to arrive together at the same time to be able to park next to one another in the show field.

What do I do when I get there? Stop by the Check-In Station once you have parked and make sure to pick up your dash plaque to make your Corvette eligible for the Celebrity Choice Awards, your buyer’s card to get a 10% discount on eligible items, and your door prize tickets!

Will there be food? No party is complete without food! Numerous food trucks and vendors will be here to make sure you stay full and hydrated!

Was your question not answered? Call us at (800) 500-1500 for any other questions you may have!

Corvette Funfest 2022 Schedule

Corvette Funfest 2022 T-Shirts

View and Download a Printable PDF Version of the Corvette Funfest 2022 Schedule

Corvette 2022 Funfest Schedule September 17, 2022
8:00 am

Funfest Grounds Open - Gate 2

MyGarage Museum, Corvette Clearance Cave and Check-In Station Open

10:00 am

Opening Ceremonies

Located at the 1910 Gas Station

10:30 am

All Day Funfest Entertainment

DJ - IT's Music Entertainment, Games, Trivia, Karaoke, Club Activities and More!

11:00 am

Seminar:* 50 Years of Mid America Motorworks

Presented by Mike Yager - Chief Cheerleader

HULA HOOP CONTEST at the FOOD COURT

1:00 pm

Seminar:* Corvette Pace Cars At The Indy 500

Presented by Ron McQueeney - Retired Director of Photography Indianapolis Motor Speedway

CLUB PUZZLE RACES at the FOOD COURT

2:00 pm

Seminar:* My 40 Years As "The Eyes Of The Speedway"

Presented by Ron McQueeney - Retired Director of Photography Indianapolis Motor Speedway

CORVETTE MUSICAL CHAIRS at the FOOD COURT

3:00 pm

Seminar:* Corvette Behind the Scenes

Presented by Steve Grilli - Retired Bowling Green Quality Manager

KARAOKE BINGO at the FOOD COURT

4:00 pm

Celebrity Choice Awards

Located at the 1910 Gas Station

4:30 pm

Door Prize & Raffle Drawings

Located at the 1910 Gas Station

5:00 pm

Entertainment - Dakota Danielle, Followed By Quick & Bradley

Located at the Food Court

5:30 pm

Niemerg's Country Dinner at the Food Court

Tickets available at the Check-In Station

9:00 pm

Funfest Grounds Close

Thanks For Joining Us!

*Seminars are held around the corner from the install center behind the MyGarage Museum

Corvette Funfest 2022 Update

Corvette Funfest Update

As we continue planning Corvette Funfest 2022, we have decided to make some necessary changes for this year’s show. Corvette Funfest 2022 will now be a one day event held the day of Saturday, September 17th and will be FREE! If you have already registered and paid for this year’s show, you will receive a full refund, as well as an additional $25 Mid America Motorworks gift card per registration as a gift from us to you. Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, we simply do not have the staff nor many of the local resources and volunteers we typically have available to put this year’s show on in full swing. This amazing one-day version of the show will provide all of the high-octane activities you love about Corvette Funfest at a pace our staff can handle. Events for that Saturday will still include live music and entertainment, food and drink vendors, the Corvette Clubhouse, and more! Effingham has so much to offer, and you won’t want to miss the special events and activities put on by the city throughout the day and evening on Friday, so come for the day, stay for the weekend!

As we accelerate ahead, we have already begun planning a very special event for Corvette Funfest 2023, as the show will be the kickoff of us CELEBRATING 50 YEARS IN BUSINESS! The dates for next year’s event will be September 14th-16th, 2023!

Paul Koerner Confirmed for Corvette Funfest 2021

Paul Koerner portrait When we were sure 2021 was a go, one of the first things we did was reach out to Paul Koerner. The GM World Class Certified Technician will be in attendance, presenting seminars, answering your questions and of course, doing hands-on vehicle checks. We’re still working out the details of Paul’s itinerary for this year, so check back as plans develop.

Light It Up at Tuscan Hills Winery!

Corvette Light Show The always popular Corvette Light Show is set to once again prove that Corvettes are more than just horsepower and high speed! Don’t miss the annual light show, where these sports cars get the chance to really show off when the sun goes down. Cost $5.00 to participate and enter your car in the Corvette Funfest Light Show. This event is free to spectators.

Prepare to be Entertained!

Saturday Entertainment The main question we get at shows and in the MY Garage Museum is, “Who’s the entertainment for Funfest this year?” Now more than ever, we just can’t say. As more acts are putting dates on their calendars, we’re looking at several options. One thing we know is, you’re sure to be entertained! Will it be live music? A tribute band? Your favorite group back on tour? Stay tuned to find out!

Corvette Funfest 2021 Celebrates the Simpler Times

Vintage Funfest

We keep hearing people say they want to get back to “normal.” For Corvette Funfest 2021, we’re taking it way back to when it all began. We’re mixing the tech and style of the 21st Century with the nostalgia and format of 1994. Just like the first year we welcomed the fans of America’s favorite sports car, Corvette Funfest will take place on the south side of our property. You’ll feel like you took a step back to the way car shows are supposed to be. As always, we’re still making plans daily, checking in with vendors and suppliers. We’re excited to see our Corvette family and we’re sure that this will be the one weekend of the year that you definitely won’t want to miss!

Saturday Evening Entertainment

The Main Stage The Saturday evening entertainment for Corvette Funfest 2020 is still currently in development and we will have updates available as soon as possible. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the music industry, resulting in numerous shows and tours being postponed or cancelled altogether. Because of this, many of the acts and performers we had been in discussion with earlier this year are having difficulty committing due to the uncertainty of their current schedules and state regulations. There will be live music for Saturday evening, but details are still being worked out at this time. Stay tuned for further updates!

Installations

Corvette exhaust install Looking forward to making a few upgrades, improvements or embelishments to your favorite Corvette? Contact Duane Huddleston at (217) 540-4222 or eventsales@mamotorworks.com to schedule an Install while you’re at Funfest.

Corvette Funfest Excursions

Corvette on an excursion Thursday is the day to get out and explore Effingham and the surrounding region, as we dedicate the entire day to Funfest Excursions! As with all things in 2020, plans are dependent on pandemic recommendations at the time of Corvette Funfest. Because of that, we are not charging anything on-site for your participation. We encourage you to line up at the 1910 Gas Station for directions to your destination; all purchases will be at your expense at the destination. Have fun experiencing what we love about Effingham and our communities! (Subject to changes due to pandemic closings.)

Fireside Chat at Tuscan Hills Winery

Tuscan Hills Winery Join Mike Yager, Paul Koerner, and other industry experts as they host an informal conversation about the Corvette. This first come, first served event will be at Tuscan Hills Winery Thursday, Sept. 17th and includes food trucks, great drinks, engaging company – the only thing we’re lacking is you! Preferred seating for Ultimate and VIP guests. (Subject to changes due to pandemic closings.)

Annual Corvette Funfest Light Show at Tuscan Hills Winery

Corvette Light Show Think Corvettes are just about horsepower and high speed? Think again! Don’t miss the annual light show, where these unassuming sports cars get the chance to really show off when the sun goes down. Cost $5.00 to participate and enter your car in the Corvette Funfest Light Show. This event is free to spectators. Arrive early to enjoy the Corvette Funfest Fireside Chat! (Subject to changes due to pandemic closings.)

"The Return" - A Beatles Tribute Band - Is the Band This Year!

You've waited patiently and the time is here! We are excited to announce your #CorvetteFunfest Saturday night entertainment...The Return! Come together as we experience #TheBeatles like never before!

If you still haven't registered for Corvette Funfest, don't worry! Registration is still open, but it will be closing September 2nd! Head over to http://bit.ly/CFF19Reg and register today! #CorvettePassion #Corvette #MidAmericaMotorworks

Meet Your Favorite Corvette Authors During Corvette Funfest!

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Author’s Row returns to Corvette Funfest this year.

Corvette Funfest guests can pick up a copy of their favorite Corvette books and have the Authors inscribe a personal message; truly a piece of memorabilia and a fond memory that you will forever cherish.
Featured Authors

Mike Yager – Author of “Corvette Bible 

Wil Cooksey, Jr. – Author of “No Time To Cry”

Kevin Mackay – Author of ”The Corvette Hunter: Kevin Mackay’s Greatest Corvette Finds”

Dave McLellan – Author of “Corvette from the Inside: The 50 Year Development History”

Chris Petris, Jr. – Author of “How to Restore Your Corvette 1963-1967” and “Corvette C3 1968-1982: How to Build and Modify”

 

ATTN: CORVETTE CLUBS - SIGN UP FOR THE CLUB BARTENDING CHALLENGE TODAY!

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Grab a drink (and tip somebody you know) during the Corvette Funfest Club Bartending Challenge!

Each and every year Corvette Clubs from across the country participate in this funfilled event to raise funds for their charity of choice.

Corvette Clubs are given the opportunity to sign up for a one-hour time slot to sling beers in the Funfest Cantina as Celebrity Bartenders.

Two representatives of the club work serving up drinks and pour on the charm, as they compete to raise the most tip money they can, in this bragging-rights contest.


Tips are calculated and will be posted on the Challenge Board at the end of each shift and all tips will be donated to charitable organizations designated by the participating clubs.

Last year Corvette Clubs raised a combined total of more than $2,700 for charitable organizations.  It is our hope to exceed those numbers this year.

Shown below are the results of last year's Challenge:

1.  Glass City Corvette Club, Susan G. Komen Foundation, $334.32
2.  Simply Corvettes, Charley Lyons Foundation, $440.46
3.  Original CC of St. Louis, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,, $172
4.  Lookingglass Corvette Club, The Backstoppers, $266.34
5.  Corvette Club of Illinois, Special Olympics, $926.27
6.  St. Jude Corvette Club, St. Jude Corvette Drive, $203.74
7.  VBP Vette Buddies that Party, Breast Cancer Awareness, $421.49

For more information, contact Tabbi Yager at tabbi.yager@mamotorworks.com

Welcome XPEL Technologies as an Official Sponsor of Corvette Funfest!

Welcome XPEL Technologies as an Official Sponsor of Corvette Funfest!

XPEL is a cutting-edge automotive protection company that leads the industry in price, quality, technical support and customer service with a variety of Paint Protection Films.

XPEL will be attending Corvette Funfest for the sixth year, offering protection products you need for your Corvette. XPEL's products are designed to prevent chipping from pebbles and debris, as well as contamination from road oils that can collect in the pores of your paint.

XPEL's products protect your Corvette from insects that can eat into your finish, road salt in colder climates and airborne pollutants in urban areas. With Paint Protection Films from XPEL, you can simply wash these contaminants away with standard cap soap. You can still wax and polish your Corvette for added protection and show-room-floor quality shine!


Corvette Funfest 2019 Excursions Announced

Corvette Funfest Excursions Announced

JACKSON COVERED BRIDGE/MOONSHINE BURGER SHACK

If you like history and want to try one of the best tasting cheeseburgers around, you'll want to sign up for the Jackson Covered Bridge and Moonshine Burger Shack Excursion.  There are two options: one on Friday and one on Saturday.

Participants will meet at the 1910 Gas Station at 10 a.m.  Corvette enthusiasts, who want to try one of the top 25 burgers in Illinois, should plan on getting to the Moonshine Burger Shack around 11:15 a.m.

You will receive a menu in your Excursion packet. The Moonshine Burger Shack is rich in history and is known for its' FAMOUS MOON BURGER. You won't want to miss this eclectic experience.  Bask in the nostalgia of days gone by while eating outside with fellow Corvette enthusiasts.

After lunch, your party will arrive at Jackson Covered Bridge at approximately 1 p.m.  You'll want to have your photo taken to capture the historical essence of the covered bridge and the beauty of the countryside.

You should plan to return to Mid America Motorworks around 2:30 p.m.

Participants must pay for their own meal. Space is limited so register online today at corvettefunfest.com

LAKE SARA BOAT TOUR AND PINKY’S LUNCHEON ON THE LAKE

Take a relaxing boat ride on beautiful Lake Sara.  Effingham residents take great pride in the beauty of this area attraction.

This excursion is available on Saturday only.

Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the 1910 Gas Station and will depart from Gate 2 at 10:15 a.m.

You won’t walk away hungry after eating lunch on the water at Pinky’s.  This experience of eating plentiful portions on the deck will keep you up close and personal with nature.  Lunch is at 11:30 a.m.  You should plan on returning to Mid America Motorworks around 1:45 p.m.

Participants must pay for their own meal, and a menu will be included in your Excursion packet.
A $10 donation is required to cover the fuel cost for the use of the boat and time for the guide.

REGISTER TODAY as space is limited with only 20 spots available.

FIREFLY EXCURSION

What Makes The Best BLT? Join Chef Niall at the Firefly Grill in Effingham for this Excursion at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.  Chef Niall will be demonstrating how to make the Best BLT you have ever tasted.  Participants will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the 1910 Gas Station on Campus.  Plan on returning to Mid America Motorworks between 12:30-1 p.m.  The fee is $31.50 per person. Register ASAP because space is limited to 15 participants.

CORVETTES AT THE CROSS

Enhance your Spiritual life by attending Corvettes at the Cross on Sunday morning with other Corvette enthusiasts.

If you are interested in visiting one of the largest Crosses in the world, then you'll want to register for this event.  Participants will meet at the 1910 Gas Station at 9 a..m. on Sunday. The group will depart from Gate 2 at 9:15 a.m. and arrive at the Cross at 9:40 a.m.  A special time of prayer for Safe Travel will be held from 9:45-10 a.m. on the Cross grounds.  You’ll want to get a photo of this amazing Cross and its presence.  Plan on returning to Mid America Motorworks around 11:30 p.m.

A maximum of 40 cars are allowed and 70 participants. REGISTER TODAY at corvettefunfest.com

Corvette American Horsepower is 2019 Funfest Theme

#CFF2019, #AmericanHP, #CorvettePassion We are excited to announce the planning stages for Corvette Funfest are underway.  See you ALL here on campus Sept. 19-22, 2019.

Great News! Seminars To Once Again Offer the Latest Industry Trends

#Corvette, #Funfest19, #Seminars, #CorvetteFunfest19 We will once again be offering some of the hottest topics in the industry in our seminars for Corvette Funfest 2019.  Kevin and Emily Kasperski will lead our seminars.  They have the knowledge and experience necessary for us to give you the best and most current information in the industry.

"We've had Kevin and Emily lead our seminars in the past and are excited to once again offer these educational seminars in our climate-controlled Funfest headquarters," said Mid America Motorworks Co-Owner Laurie Yager.

Make sure you go online to mamotorworks.com and click on the Funfest registration tab. Register TODAY for this year's eventso that you do not miss out on what is sure to be the best ever Corvette Funfest.

See ya' on Sept. 19, 2019!

Corvette Funfest Charity Event and Light Show planned

Please join us for "A Night to Remember" benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in the Stellar Cellar at Tuscan Hills Winery in Effingham, Ill. located at 2200 Historic Hills Dr.

We will enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, music by Russ Howard; amazing silent auction items; and a cash bar with 20 percent of sales donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Tickets are $100 per person.  Proceeds will benefit the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

New This Year will be our CORVETTE LIGHT SHOW that will commence immediately at 9 p.m. following this charity event.   Come and see the most colorfully illuminated Corvettes around!  To pre-register your car and show off your personal LED Corvette lights, call 1.800.500.1500.  Pre-registration is not required to watch the show.

The public is invited to attend.

Install Dome 2019

Visit the Install Dome and check out an extensive variety of on-site installations and upgrades available during Corvette Funfest 2019. Mid America Motorworks partners with the leading suppliers in the Corvette Industry, delivering you the latest products available on the market.

The Install Dome will be teaming with on-hand Corvette Experts, making it your one-stop-shop for Parts and Accessory Sales and Installations. Our experts will be available to answer questions you may have regarding your Corvettes maintenance and performance. Whether you need a headlight replaced or have bigger projects in mind, the Install Dome is where you want to be.

The Install Dome is the epicenter of upgrades during Corvette Funfest.

Also, are you a supplier? Contact us about serving as a supplier this year!

Call 1.800.500.1500 and ask for Duane Huddleston or Nick Rueter.

Haven't registered for Corvette Funfest 2019....visit mamotorworks.com and click on the Funfest Registration tab.

Hope to see you on Thursday Sept. 19, 2019.

Dragstrip Racers GET READY!

Racers of all skill and experience levels can register to take on the Coles County Dragway!

Racers can expect an ALL NEW experience this year! The entire Coles County Dragway track has been repaved. In addition, the entryway road from the top of the hill to the entrance has been chip sealed/repaired and is very smooth. Be prepared for a RACING experience like no other during Corvette Funfest 2019!

Corvette Funfest guests with a need for speed and an adventurous personality will once again head north toward Coles County Dragway USA at Corvette Funfest: American Horsepower 2019 to take on the 1/8 mile drag strip.

The Third Annual Drag Strip Races will once again be sponsored by Lingenfelter Performance Engines, during Corvette Funfest.

The Lingenfelter team will be on hand with on-site installation of products that will help drivers improve their performance. Mid America Motorworks has also tapped the expertise of Nathan Sheets, experienced drag racer, to oversee this event. Nathan will be on hand to provide basic information to drag race beginners and friendly advice for seasoned racers.

“We received great feedback from our Drag Racers last year and are looking forward to an even better turnout for 2019. I am looking forward to joining in on the fun by getting in a few passes myself this year.” said Mike Yager, Chief Cheerleader at Mid America Motorworks. “This classic racing grudge match is a great way to kick off Corvette Funfest and we are excited to bring it back for the third year!”

Drivers who plan to participate are required to sign a waiver and have their Corvettes inspected by track officials, prior to race time. Drivers are required to show a valid State driver’s license; wear a helmet (some entry level helmets will be for sale or rent at the track); sleeved shirts; long pants; and closed-toe shoes. For a complete list of track rules, visit colescountydrawyusa.com.

Participants in the 2019 Drag Strip Races will depart from the Mid America Motorworks Corporate Campus on a 30-mile cruise to Coles County Dragway USA. Upon arrival, participants and their Corvettes will undergo an inspection, show ID, sign a waiver, and attend a mandatory driver’s meeting.

Corvette Funfest 2019 Announcement

Corvette Funfest 2019 Attendees-
Please make sure to go online and get your extra add-ons early this year.  We will have limited numbers of T-shirts, Cups, and Meal Tickets on hand.  Our theme this year is American Horsepower.  Keep watching corvettefunfest.com for more inforamtion! We are excited to see you all in September!

Registration Materials and Goody Bags To Be Picked Up in Fun Dome

#CFF2019, #AmericanHP, #CorvettePassion

Hey registered Funfest attendees...visit the Fun Dome upon arrival.  This is where you'll pick up your registration materials and get your Goody Bag!

The Fun Dome is your one stop shop for everything Corvette. Walking through the expansive Fun Dome is like walking through the pages of the Mid America Motorworks Corvette Lifestyle catalog. Check out the latest additions to our Corvette apparel; get an up-close look at neon signs and Corvette clocks for your home or office, and page through a selection of historic and technical books to help you keep your Corvette passion alive.

Add some Corvette bling to your wardrobe – or pick up something sparkly for your co-pilot. Shop custom, beaded bracelets by Joan Cahill, check out the displays of Corvette furniture and decor for your office and bedroom including desks, office chairs, bed frames, dressers, collectible tin signs, and reusable decals. If you are in search of Corvette apparel, this is the place for you with everything from tank tops to winter coats and of course leather jackets.

See you in September!

Coffee Lovers - Are you Ready?

#CFF2019, #AmericanHP, #CorvettePassion Sister's Coffee will be here to share GREAT coffee and snack options!
Coffee lovers - You asked for it, and WE DELIVERED! Come and get your favorite Coffee and snacks at this year's Corvette Funfest Sept. 19-22, 2019.

26th Annual Corvette Fun Run Road Tour Changes Course

26th Annual Corvette Fun Run Road Tour Changes Course

Yager Homecoming Birthday Celebration Planned in Newton

EFFINGHAM – For the past 26 years, Mid America Motorworks has kicked off its’ annual Corvette Funfest event with a trip throughout area country sides, but this year will be different.

Mike Yager is taking his Corvette Funfest Annual Fun Run Road Tour, planned for Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, home to Newton, Ill. for his 70th birthday celebration.

“It’s an honor to be asked to return to my roots and share my Corvette passion with my hometown community,” he said.  “We will be bringing 1,000+ Corvettes from our Annual Corvette Funfest, the largest Corvette party in the world, to the great city of Newton.”

The State of Illinois Champion 150-member Newton Marching Eagles Band will welcome the Corvettes on the downtown square.  This will be a birthday party like no other.

Yager and his wife, Laurie, are ecstatic about the plans the City of Newton have made for this homecoming event.  City officials have been working hard to create a safe and successful event.  They have created a parade route, planned parking, and secured food vendors.  Local businesses have extended their business hours as well.

"This is huge for Jasper County.  Not only will this event show people from all over the nation how amazing our community is, but it also gives our local businesses a chance to obtain a different avenue of customers they haven't been able to in the past.  I hope Mike Yager is ready, because Newton will be throwing a party that will be remembered for years," said Economic Development Coordinator Amber Volk.

Mike Yager, who founded Mid America Motorworks, a Corvette and Air-Cooled VW parts and accessories company in 1974, was invited by the City of Newton to come home.

“I have been Mayor since May of 2005.  Throughout that time span, I have attended approximately 2,000 meetings.  I have been to three meetings now regarding Mike’s legendary Corvette Fun Run Road Tour, and I have never attended meetings that were more enthusiastic and positive about an event.  We have people coming to us for updates and offering to help.  In my opinion, Mike’s homecoming will be short, but very, very sweet," said Mayor Mark Bolander.

In the days preceding this year’s 26th Annual Corvette Funfest event, Yager will visit Newton schools to share his life story.

“It’s no secret that without my high school typing teacher, Mrs. Bauman, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” said Yager.  “I started my business with a two-page flier that I typed myself.  In those early years, my ability to type quickly and accurately was the foundation for what was to come – 45 years in this business.”

All are invited to Mike’s Homecoming Birthday Celebration.  There will be an evening of awards, prizes, great music, and food for a great night of fun! 

Corvette Funfest is planned for Sept. 19-22, 2019.   The theme of Corvette Funfest 2019 is American Horsepower.  Hope to see everyone in Newton on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 for Mike’s 70th birthday party.

 


Make sure you visit the Fun Dome for GREAT deals and product demos

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Visit the Fun Dome

The Fun Dome is your one stop shop for everything Corvette. Walking through the expansive Fun Dome is like walking through the pages of the Mid America Motorworks Corvette Lifestyle catalog. Check out the latest additions to our Corvette apparel; get an up-close look at neon signs and Corvette clocks for your home or office, and page through a selection of historic and technical books to help you keep your Corvette passion alive.

Add some Corvette bling to your wardrobe – or pick up something sparkly for your co-pilot.

Bargain Blowout – Back by popular demand, visit the Fun Dome during Corvette Funfest to save on Corvette Parts, Accessories, and overstock Lifestyle and Apparel items. With items sold on a first-come, first-serve bases, you’ll want to make the Blowout Bargain area of the Fun Dome one of your first stops at Corvette Funfest, as they say “the early bird gets the worm” or in this case parts! Prices as marked. Additional discounts do not apply.

  

25th Annual Corvette Funfest • September 20-23, 2018

Corvette, Funfest, Registration, Free 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 Fame

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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.

Standard Registration - Corvette Funfest 2018 is FREE!

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Corvette Funfest 2018 Standard Registration (Per Car) - FREE

Standard Registration gets you into Corvette Funfest all weekend and includes some great must-haves for you and 1 guest!

Mid America Motorworks will celebrate our 25th Annual Corvette Funfest, September 20-23, 2018. In honor of this milestone, we're taking $25.00 off of your Registration Fee - making Standard Registration at Corvette Funfest 2018 FREE!

Even though this registration is FREE, it's still important that your register for the event, here's why:

  • Weekend Admission for 1 Car
  • Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Award Judging
  • 1 Goodie Bag, Lapel Pin and Poster
  • Discounts on purchases made throughout the weekend (some exclusions apply)
  • Thursday Fun Run & Downtown Party
  • Weekend Access to Funfest Seminars
  • Regular Admission to Saturday Night Entertainment, for you and your guest
* Event T-Shirt and Yearbook will not be included with this registration, but can be purchased during your registration.

Click Here or Call 800.500.1500 to Register Today!

Ultimate Registration - Corvette Funfest 2018 - $250.00 Per Person!

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Corvette Funfest 2018 Ultimate Registration (Per Person) -$250.00

Ultimate Registration are sold on a per person basis and give guests an “all-Inclusive” option.

Ultimate guests receive concierge service in planning their time at Corvette Funfest soon after they register and have a private check-in at the VIP Hospitality Tent upon arrival.

Ultimate guests also have access to discounted hotel rooms, the best parking on campus, meals, snacks, drinks and more!

There will be an Ultimate only luncheon with Mike and Laurie Yager on Thursday September 20, 2018. Breakfast and lunch served on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A private, gala dinner on Saturday night before the concert with an array of desserts served behind the stage.

Ultimate guests receive many perks, including:

  • Ultimate hospitality throughout the weekend! All-Access pass to the VIP Hospitality Tent with Corvette Celebrities and Media Guests
  • One Saturday Evening Entertainment VIP Pass (Includes Saturday Evening Gala Dinner and Front-Row Concert Access)
  • Discount on purchases made throughout the weekend - some exclusions apply
  • Help Lead the Thursday night Fun Run Road Tour to the Downtown Party
  • Commemorative Photo with Mike Yager (during Thursday's Luncheon)
  • Snacks and Beverages Provided Throughout Weekend
  • Breakfast and Lunch served on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • The Best Parking On Campus
  • 1 Goodie Bag, T-Shirt, Yearbook, Lapel Pin, Poster and special Ultimate gift
  • Hotel Rooms Available at our Corporate Rate
  • Work Directly with our Ultimate Coordinator to plan your Ultimate Weekend
Save on Hotel Rooms and dining out when you upgrade to the Ultimate Corvette Weekend!
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Premium Registration - Corvette Funfest 2018 - Only $25.00

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Corvette Funfest 2018 Premium Registration (Per Car) - $25.00

Enjoy all the perks of our standard package along with a guaranteed parking space steps from all the Funfest action!

Mid America Motorworks will celebrate our 25th Annual Corvette Funfest, September 20-23, 2018. In honor of this milestone, we're taking $25.00 off of your Registration Fee!

  • Premium Weekend Parking
  • Weekend Admission for 1 Car
  • 1 Goodie Bag, Lapel Pin and Poster
  • Discount on purchases made throughout the weekend (some exclusions apply)
  • Thursday Fun Run & Downtown Party
  • Weekend Access to Funfest Seminars
  • Regular Admission to Saturday Night Entertainment, for you and your guest

* Event T-Shirt and Yearbook will not be included with this registration, but can be purchased during your registration.


Click Here or Call 800.500.1500 to Register Today!

Exclusive Registration - Corvette Funfest 2018 - $25.00

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Corvette Funfest 2018 - Exclusive Parking (Per Car) - $25.00

Do you own a Silver Corvette? Join the "Sea of Silver" by selecting an Exclusive Registration!

Mid America Motorworks will celebrate our 25th Annual Corvette Funfest, September 20-23, 2018. In honor of this milestone, we're taking $25.00 off of your Registration Fee!

Choosing an Exclusive Registration will allow you to join the "Sea of Silver" designated parking area, just steps from all the Funfest action! Corvettes in this parking area must be Silver.

  • Special Exclusive Parking All Weekend
  • Weekend Admission for 1 Car
  • 1 Goodie Bag, Lapel Pin and Poster
  • Discount on purchases made throughout the weekend (some exclusions apply)
  • Thursday Fun Run & Downtown Party
  • Weekend Access to Funfest Seminars
  • Regular Admission to Saturday Night Entertainment, for you and your guest
* Event T-Shirt and Yearbook will not be included with this registration, but can be purchased during your registration.

Click Here or Call 800.500.1500 to Register Today!

Thank You for Making Corvette Funfest 2017 Unforgettable!

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Opening Ceremonies on Saturday followed the trend of new additions, with the announcement of a new Funfest-type event in Nebraska next June. Mid America Motorworks is partnering with Harchelroad Motors to host an event at Motorsport Park Hastings that pairs the atmosphere of Corvette Funfest with High Performance Driver Education. Attendees to the Nebraska event will get two qualifying runs with a main run on the Sunday of the event.

Mike Yager received a special surprise at opening ceremony, as Corvette Clubs participated in a secret contest to “Look Like Mike.” Clubs sat in a special section, wearing red polo shirts and Mike’s signature straw hat, with print out copies of his face as a tribute and a thank you for his continued efforts within the Corvette hobby. Lookingglass Corvette Club had the most Mike Lookalikes, and each participant will receive a customized 2018 wall calendar as a prize.

Mike then noted that next year will be the 25th Anniversary of a little thing that began as a customer appreciation party and has grown into Corvette Funfest. In honor of that milestone, he announced to a surprised and happy crowd that registrations will be FREE for Standard and Club.

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.

Returning by popular demand, the Club Bartending Challenge gave Clubs the chance to raise funds for their chosen charities in the Funfest Cantina. This year Simply Corvettes raised the most tip money, which will be donated to victims of the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida. The combined efforts of the seven Corvette Clubs raised nearly $4,000 in charitable donations to a variety of worthy causes, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Wreath’s Across America, and more.

Clubs were further recognized on Saturday with a never-before-organized expert panel featuring Presidents from eight of the nine in North American organizations that emerged within the hobby to provide other clubs with a guiding body for everything from sanctioning events to restoration specifications, and even insurance. Corvette Funfest was honored to welcome the National Council of Corvette Clubs, International Council of Corvette Clubs, United Council of Corvette Clubs, Ohio Corvette Club Alliance, Canadian Council of Corvette Clubs – Eastern Region, Canadian Council of Corvette Clubs – Western Region, National Corvette Restorers Society and Solid Axle Corvette Club.

Other additions to the World’s Largest Corvette Party included daily excursions to give guests a glimpse of the communities surrounding Effingham. Those feeling adventurous visited Moonshine, Ill. for a moonburger, as well as the Firefly Grill, Heron Cove Restaurant-Lake Sara and StangArts for a variety of different activities. These were in addition to the automotive and education-themed seminars that Corvette Funfest attendees are accustomed to enjoying on the Funfest grounds.

The World Classic Rockers took the stage Saturday night, living up to and surpassing all the stories and legends of their maiden performance at Corvette Funfest in 2012. Band members ventured out into the crowd to play and sing, with both Mike and Kenny Yager playing guitar during the encore song, as well as the Yager family singing backup and dancing on stage.

Corvette Funfest 2018 is scheduled for Sept. 20-23 in Effingham, Ill. Keep watching www.corvettefunfest.com for highlights from this year and details on how you can register for the 25th annual Corvette Funfest.

And the Winner Is....

Corvette, Funfest, 50/50, Raffle, Winner Congrats to Jeff Mayhew on winning the 50/50 St. Jude Corvette Drive Raffle! St. Jude Children's Research Hospital must be near and dear to Jeff's heart because he promptly offered to donate the winnings back! The entire Mid America Motorworks team were blown away by Jeff Mayhew's generosity and thrilled to be able to make this donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

50/50 Raffle tickets were sold for $1.00 each or six tickets for $5.00. The winner was announced on stage at the Funfest Amphitheater just before the World Classic Rockers Concert on Saturday night! We are excited about the success of the first ever 50/50 Raffle and looking forward to making next year's raffle even bigger!

First Annual Drag Races Sponsored by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering

Corvette, Funfest, Drag Strip, Drag Race, Thursday Corvette Enthusiasts had the track all to themselves, allowing drivers to race down the track as frequently as they wanted! Participants raved about how much fun they had, and said they couldn't wait to come back next year!

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering sponsored the event and the crew was on hand, offering an inexpensive clutch spring kit that helped improve performance, with easy on-site installation. As a leader in high-performance modifications, specialty engines and inductions systems, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering proved to be an invaluable resource for drivers at the Drag Strip.

After spending weekends on Drag Strip tracks for most of his live, Corvette Enthusiast Nathan Sheets was also on hand, explaining the basics to first-timers and offering friendly advice for seasoned racers.

You can expect that next years drag race will be bigger! You can preregister for the 2018 Funfest Drag Event today at www.mamotorworks.com - just click on Funfest Registration or by calling 800-500-1500!

1st Annual Corvette Funfest Light Show

Corvette, Funfest, Light Show WindRestrictor is proud to sponsor the First Annual Corvette Funfest Light Show at Corvette Funfest 2017! Join us on the Funfest Amphitheater Berm at 7:15pm, before the concert on Saturday night World Classic Rockers concert to check out this fun, new addition to the Corvette Funfest Schedule.

The Mid America Motorworks Team has been traveling to more Corvette Shows than even before this year and we have found a new trend; Corvette owners have been adding LED lighting to hood liners, side gills, wheels and more. Strobe lighting, TVs, and music synchronized with a lighting display are becoming more and more popular among Corvette owners and we are thrilled to share this new experience with you!

There is no cost to enter this competition. If you're interested in participating, please drive your Corvette onto the Funfest Amphitheater Berm, entering next to Gate 8. The Light show and judging will begin at 7:15pm, before the World Classic Rockers Concert. Following the show, participants will be required to turn off the lights and music and park their cars outside of the Amphitheater.

WindRestrictor will judge the 1st Annual Corvette Funfest Light Show and present the winning Corvette with this seriously cool plaque!

Corvette Funfest Achieves First in Corvette’s History

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The Corvette hobby is shaped by the people - and more specifically the clubs - that live and breathe Corvette. Over the years, as Corvette Clubs grew in membership and in numbers, a handful of flagship organizations developed to provide others with a guiding body for everything from sanctioning events to restoration specifications, and even insurance.

During planning for Corvette Funfest 2017, Mid America Motorworks’ Chief Cheerleader, Mike Yager made a realization regarding those ten umbrella organizations.

“It occurred to me that the Presidents of these governing organizations have never appeared together at any one show or event,” Mike said. “I imagined the knowledge they could share as representatives of more than 100,000 Corvette Club members from around the world. Of course, my next move was to start making phone calls and get them all to Corvette Funfest!”

The Corvette Funfest Expert Panel will welcome Dave Heinemann from National Council of Corvette Clubs; Billy Brooks from International Council of Corvette Clubs; Armetta Jones (aka AJ) from United Council of Corvette Clubs; Duff Parson and Royce Martin from Ohio Corvette Club Alliance; Dave Kaiser from Northwest Association of Corvette Clubs; Cindy Wilcox from Canadian Council of Corvette Clubs - Eastern Region; Keith Gutenberg from Canadian Council of Corvette Clubs - Western Region; Mike Ingham from National Corvette Restorers Society; and Max Brockhouse from Solid Axle Corvette Club.

For the first time in Corvette history, these giants within the hobby will converge to discuss everything from the basics of keeping Corvette Clubs in tip-top shape, to hosting Club events, to choosing a charity to support and no doubt sharing great anecdotal stories. This is a rare opportunity for Corvette Funfest attendees to hear first-hand how six decades of Corvette culture was created from the ground up.

Don't miss the 2017 Corvette Funfest Expert Panel on the Small Funfest Stage, Saturday at 11:00am.

2017 Charity Event Prize Sneak Peak

Corvette, Funfest, Charity Event, Friday Night, St. Jude, Corvette Drive The Corvette Funfest 2017 Charity Event begins at 6:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 15th at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Ill. This Corvette/Las Vegas attire event will welcome attendees to a Las Vegas-style casino night. Attendees are invited to test their luck at Blackjack, Poker, Craps and other classic casino games, while enjoying an Elvis Presley impersonator, Vegas-themed hors d’oeuvres and more.

Tickets are $100 per person and include starter casino chips and drink tickets. Use your chips to play classic Las Vegas Casino games to earn as many chips as possible. Following the over-the-top theme of the evening, redeem your chips for a chance to win these over-the-top prizes and more! Check out our Sneak Peak list of prizes you're automatically eligible for, then click here to order your tickets today!

Viva Las Vegas Experience for Two:
Ron Fellow Stingray Driving Experience with two nights stay
Join the Mid America Motorworks Team at SEMA with a two night stay in Las Vegas, NV
Value: $4,000
Donated by Spring Mountain Motorsports and Mid America Motorworks

MY Ultimate Experience 2018 Corvette Funfest for Two:
Two Ultimate Registrations for Corvette Funfest 2018
Hotel Accommodations and Breakfast for three nights
Select any two excursions for two
More details and add-ons as the 2018 schedule is developed
Value: $1,500
Donated by Mid America Motorworks

Experience Corvette Adventures 2018 for Six:
Experience America's #1 Corvette Driving Experience! Corvette Adventures is offering a chance-of-a-lifetime experience to three couples!
Admission for three couples to Corvette Adventures 2018
Accommodations for two nights in the 3-bedroom Golf Villa at Chula Vista Resort
Value: $1,600
Donated by Corvette Adventures and Chula Vista Resort

Corvette Funfest Yearbook Will Include 2017 Highlights

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The Corvette Funfest Yearbook is a great way for attendees to relive the previous year’s fun, with pictures and feature stories that reflect on the past year’s event. For Corvette Funfest 2017, registered guests might be surprised to learn there will not be a yearbook in their goody bags at registration. The reason is a very good one: with a little patience, they will receive this year’s book with this year’s highlights!

“We love giving Funfest guests this great take-home piece, but I’ve always wished it included the current year,” said Mike Yager, Chief Cheerleader of Mid America Motorworks. “We finally said, ‘Why not make it relevant to this year?’ Now everyone can relive that camaraderie of the event in a few short weeks, instead of waiting for next September to roll around.”

The Corvette Funfest 2017 Yearbook will combine highlights from 2016 and 2017, covering the best of both years. All registered 2017 attendees will receive their books - at no additional cost - by mail just in time for the holidays. They will be able to page through to find Celebrity Choice photos, concert shots, Install Dome and Fun Dome highlights, Club pictures and more from both years. In future years, the Yearbooks will be sent out following Corvette Funfest to commemorate that year’s event.

Neil Diamond Tribute Band - The Traveling Salvation Show

Corvette, Funfest, Small Stage, Saturday, Neil Diamond, Traveling Salvation, Concert Come Get Saved as the Traveling Salvation Show takes the small Funfest Stage to perform a lively tribute to Neil Diamond at 5:30pm on Saturday evening!

Enjoy hits like "Kentucky Woman", "I'm a Believer", "Sweet Caroline" and more, accompanying the Saturday evening Country Style Dinner. This band will have you rushing to finish your dinner so you can get up and dance along to your favorite hits! Don't forget to stop by the Funfest Cantina to quench your thirst!

Pets In Vettes K-9 Contest during Thursday Night Road Tour

Corvette, Funfest, Thursday, Fun Run, Road Tour, Pets, Vettes, Contest Bring your Corvette loving pups along for the Thursday Night Fun Run Road Tour to Greenup, IL for the all new Pups in Vettes Contest, sponsored by R.U.F.F. (Rescuing Unwanted Furever Friends)!

The Details:

Meet in front of Brit Avenue Boutique at 7:00pm for the Pet Parade and Judging!

Categories: Best Tail Wagging, Most Adorable, Best Vocal Performance, Best Dressed, and Terrific Pet Tricks

1. Best Tail Wagging - Dog (not the handler) will be judged on the exuberance of their tail motion.

2. Most Adorable (Ya just gotta luv' me) - They may not be the most glamorous but they are loving, sweet and really glad to greet you!

3. Best Vocal Performance - Move over Barbara, get out of the way Celine, this class features canine crooners with the most unfurgettable vocal talents!

4. Best Dressed - a class to judge the dog and handler on their Corvette inspired attire.

5. Terrific Pet Tricks - It doesn't have to be outrageous, just show off your dog's talent

Trophies and prizes Prince Corporation

EXCURSION: Instructor Lead Art Class with Wine Tasting at Tuscan Hills Winery

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Back by popular demand! We have planned an amazing excursion at one of Effingham’s premier destinations, the Tuscan Hills Winery, for a wine sampling, and an instructor-lead Art Class hosted by Stang Arts. 

Upon arriving at the Tuscan Hills Winery, participants will select a variety of wines to sample. Following the wine tasting, there will be an instructor-lead Art Class, by Stang Arts where the participants can choose from painting on a pair of wine glasses, a pair of mugs, or a canvas.  Of course, the class will be Corvette themed, but the instructors will be happy to help you paint any design of your choosing!

Depart from the MY Garage Museum at 1:00pm on Saturday, September 16th

Cost is $50.00/person

Only 70 people can participate and will be sold on a first come first serve basis. This excursion WILL sell out, so please order your tickets today by calling 800-500-1500.

EXCURSION: Moonshine Road Tour

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Get ready for an all new road tour that will take you to Moonshine restaurant for one of their famous burgers, then stop in at Cameo Winery for a wine tasting, before a pit stop at the historic Jackson Covered Bridge for a beautiful photo opportunity with your Corvette. 

This old time favorite restaurant is famous for its “Moonburgers”. Founded in 1889, it was originally a general store, the Moonshine Store is still running today serving a variety of sandwiches, chips, and drinks. With a very unique atmosphere it is a great place for a quick lunch.

Cameo Vineyards, owned and operated by former Mid America Motorworks employee Dan Webb, started as a dream in 1991 when he and wife Sonya first planted 70 grapevines.  For nearly 11 years they grew grapes and honed their winemaking skills.  In 2002, Dan Webb said his goodbyes at Mid America Motorworks and officially opened Cameo Vineyards. Prepare for a warm, friendly atmosphere that will beckon you to sit, relax and enjoy yourself!

Make one last pit stop at the historic Jackson Covered Bridge for a quick photo with your Corvette!
Depart from the MY Garage Museum at 10:00am on Friday, September 15

Cost is $30.00/person

EXCURSION: Behind The Scenes at the Firefly Grill

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Calling all Funfest “Foodies”!  Celebrity Chef Niall Campbell from Effingham’s own Firefly Grill has exclusively invited our Funfest guests for a once in a life time opportunity!  Chef Niall will be allowing a maximum of only 40 attendees to join him in his kitchen for a cooking demonstration and farm tour.  Learn how the Firefly uses their bountiful produce harvest to feed their consumers, decorate their restaurant, and spark creativity with new recipes throughout the year.  


Depart from the MY Garage Museum at 9:30am on Saturday, September 16

Cost is $35.00/person

Pinstripe Chris

Corvette, Funfest, pinstipe, pinstriping, artist, art, sharpie, paint, custom, chris dunlop, pinstripe chris Chris Dunlop (aka Pinstripe Chris) is an automotive design and render artist based out of Southern California. He started out as an automotive painter that specialized in custom paint and high end restoration work on Classics & Exotics in Rockville, Maryland. From there he began airbrushing, doing sharpie art, and pin striping. Soon after he was doing his artwork nearly full time, he was dubbed "Pinstripe Chris".

Pinstripe Chris will perform live art during Corvette Funfest, as well as offer custom pinstriping on items such as phone cases, mugs, helmets, instakes, etc... Customized canvas art paintings of your Corvette are also available! Pre-schedule your custom artwork from Pinstripe Chris by emailing betsy.yager@mamotorworks.com today!

Want To Know Who's Coming To Corvette Funfest?!?

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 - Adam's Premium Car Care
 - Billy Boat Performance Exhaust
 - Bloomington Gold
 - Callaway Cars
 - Camp David - Corvette Lifestyle and Apparel Products
 - Condon Skelly Insurance
 - Corvette Adventures
 - Corvette Eyewear
 - Corvette Homecoming
 - County Corvette Association
 - Custom LED Service LLC
 - Dana Forrester - Artist
 - XPEL Protective Films - Paint Protection Films
 - Factory Reproductions - Corvette Wheels
 - General Motors Corvette Team
 - GM Master Certified Technician Paul Koerner
 - GS Creations, LLC - Side Marker Trim
 - Holley Performance Products - Performance Products
 - King Penn Industries Inc - WindRestrictor Wind Screens
 - Kooks Headers and Exhaust
 - LG Motorsports - Performance Products
 - Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
 - Lloyd's Mats
 - NCCC - The National Council of Corvette Clubs
 - NCM Insurance
 - RedLine LumTronix Inc - LED Lighting
 - Ron Fellows Driving School
 - Second Story Interiors - Corvette Wall Decor
 - Schulte Industries Inc - Door Sill Plate and License Plate Protectors
 - Straight Line Performance - Installation
 - St. Anthony Corvette Raffle
 - St. Jude Corvette Drive

Check back frequently for our most up-to-date list!

Thursday Night Fun Run Road Tour • September 20, 2018

Thursday Night Fun Run Road Tour

Join several hundred of your closest Corvette friends on Thursday, September 20th at 4:30pm, for a scenic drive through Effingham County!

The Annual Thursday Night Fun Run Road Tour will depart Funfest Blvd. on a scenic route through Effingham County, highlighting the most beautiful landscapes Illinois has to offer.

Participation in the Fun Run Road Tour is FREE but space is limited. Pre-registration for the 2018 Fun Run Road Tour is required.

Saturday Night Concert

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Mid America Motorworks is thrilled to announce the return of World Classic Rockers! Performing Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Effingham, Illinois, World Classic Rockers consists of former members of rock and roll's greatest bands: Journey, Santana, Kansas, Steppenwolf and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band will perform a night of chart-topping classic rock hits including "Don't Stop Believing," "Sweet Home Alabama," and "Carry on Wayward Son."

Making their Corvette Funfest debut in 2012, World Classic Rockers performed a Saturday evening concert that was easily one of the most memorable in recent Funfest history, begging the question: are Corvette Funfest 2017 guests ready for an encore?

“We all have bands that we would love to see on the Funfest stage again and again,” said Mike Yager, Chief Cheerleader at Mid America Motorworks. “World Classic Rockers was a no-brainer. For one thing, these are genuine, down-to-earth guys who put on an outstanding show. Every generation of Corvette enthusiast can identify with and enjoy these songs. It’s going to be an awesome night!”

World Classic Rockers, the world’s premier rock and roll all-star band, will give Corvette Funfest attendees a chance to enjoy a night of their favorite hits from several of the most prominent musicians and singers of all time. With their ability to bring audiences to their feet night after night, the World Classic Rockers are sure to give an unforgettable performance which has become the standard for Saturday night entertainment at Funfest.

The 24th Annual Corvette Funfest is scheduled for September 14-17, 2017 at Mid America Motorworks’ corporate campus in Effingham, IL. The headlining Saturday evening concert is a highlight of the four-day event that will celebrate the 1967 Corvette Sting Ray. Register today to participate in the Largest Corvette Party in the World. Corvette Funfest attracts thousands of enthusiasts from around the world, with four full days of activities designed to promote the Corvette hobby.

$250, $150, $100 Gift Certificate Drawings

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Condon Skelly will once again 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. Register today to be eligible for all the giveaways at Corvette Funfest

All New Drag Strip Event!

Corvette, Funfest, Drag Strip, Drag Race, Thursday Please join the Mid America Motorworks’ team on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 for Corvette Funfest's first ever drag race event!  The 1/8th mile drag race will take place at Coles County Dragway USA in Charleston, IL. Corvette enthusiasts are invited to participate in the races or to sit on the sidelines to watch the excitement!

Whether you’re a first-timer or a weekend warrior at the drag strip, all Corvette enthusiasts are welcome! Mid America Motorworks is bringing in a coach to offer Drag Racing Basics for first timers and friendly advice for seasoned Drag Racers. We will walk you through everything needed to get your Corvette checked for safety, to the starting line, down the track and back in line to do it all over again!

“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 in May and during Corvette Funfest.”

Space is limited and Corvette enthusiasts who are interested in getting in track time are strongly encouraged to preregister. During preregistration you will be asked some basic information about your Corvette and a $25 fee will be collected to participate in the races. Please call 800-500-1500 to preregister with a member of our Sales Team. On-site registration is not guaranteed.


Drivers who plan to participate are required to be at the track two hours prior to the event to fill out paperwork and have their Corvettes inspected by track officials. Races are scheduled to begin at 5:00pm and will last until approximately 10:00pm. Spectators are encouraged to attend and cheer on their favorite Corvettes!


Drivers who plan to participate in the Drag Strip Races are required to show a valid State Driver’s License. Drivers must wear a helmet, sleeved shirts, long pants and closed toed shoes. For a complete list of track rules, please visit colescountydragwayusa.

Mid America Motorworks is excited to add a Drag Race Event to Corvette Funfest 2017! Whether you're a first-timer or a weekend warrior at the drag strip, all Corvette enthusiasts are welcome! Join us for the 1/8 mile Drag Strip Event on Thursday, September 14th.

Corvette Funfest Club Bartending Challenge Is Back!

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Grab a drink (and tip somebody you know) during the 2017 Corvette Funfest Club Bartending Challenge. This year’s challenge will once again pit Corvette Clubs head-to-head to see who can raise the most money for their charity. Two members from your Corvette 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.

The bragging rights 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. Six Corvette Clubs participated in the 2016 Club Bartending Challenge, raising $2,105.00 for a variety of charities!

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 2017 Club Bartending Challenge,  please contact Tabbi Yager for details and to reserve your Club’s one-hour time slot.

2016 Corvette Funfest Photos Online

Corvette, Funfest, 2016, Pictures 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!

New Activities at Corvette Funfest 2016

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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!

American Idol Contestant Cheyenne Goss Performing At Corvette Funfest

Corvette, Funfest, Concert, Small Stage, Saturday, Cheyenne Goss 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. 

Corvette Funfest Welcomes Back Dana Forrester

Dana Forester - Riding With The King Watercolor

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!

Corvette, Funfest, Registration, Ultimate 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

Corvette, Funfest, Pepsi, Antique, Delivery Truck 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

Corvette, Funfest, 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 

Funfest Corvettes For Sale

Corvette, Funfest, Swapfest, Swap, Trade, for sale, cars for sale, car corrall 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

Corvette, Funfest, Road Tour, WelcomeFest, Downtown, 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

Corvette, Funfest, Hardees, contest, thickburger

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

Prize:

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.

Solid Axle Corvette Club At Funfest 2016

Solid Axle, C1, Corvette Funfest, Funfest, The Solid Axle Corvette Club is hosting their 2016 National Convention in Effingham, Illinois in conjunction with Corvette Funfest. A record number of C1s are expected to be in attendance and on display on the Mid America Motorworks campus throughout Funfest weekend.  

Seventy-five member of the Solid Axle Corvette Club will kick off their 2016 National Convention with a Welcome Party hosted at Mike and Laurie Yager's home, on Monday September, 12th. The club will spend the week leading up to Funfest with activities that include a day trip to St. Louis and a special Solid Axle seminar. Mid America Motorworks will host a banquet on Wednesday evening which will include guest speakers, a catered dinner, and a club meeting.

Happily the festivities will not end there. The Solid Axle Club, along with their C1s, will be on display throughout Corvette Funfest. With an expected record number of solid axles in attendance, this year's Corvette Funfest truly will represent the Corvette Evolution.

If your Corvette Club is interested in organizing an event at Mid America Motorworks, please send us an email!

SWAPFEST AT CORVETTE FUNFEST

Corvette, Funfest, Swapfest, Swap, Trade Mid America Motorworks welcomes all swappers to buy, sell and swap during Corvette Funfest. More buyers, more sellers, more swapping! Swapfest is one of our most popular features at Corvette Funfest. 

Buy, sell or swap for automotive treasures; including parts, accessories and memorabilia. Whether you're looking for that hidden treasure or trying to sell some of your automotive memorabilia to make room for more, Swapfest at Corvette Funfest is the place to be! Add Swapfest to your Funfest registration for your 20' x 20' Swapfest space and four days to sell used toys, literature, parts and other related automotive items. Register today and bring your automotive treasures to Swapfest at Funfest!

Grand Sport Anniversary Celebration Details

Grand Sport Corvette, Corvette Funfest, GSR Anniversary Want to learn more about the Official 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Grand Sport, which will take place at Corvette Funfest? Our friends at the Grand Sport Registry have put together a website with everything you need to know!

We can't wait to fill our exclusive Grand Sport parking with the Corvettes that have lovingly become known as the Skunk cars. Several special displays are in the works - check back to this site for updates. And for more details on the Official Anniversary Celebration, click here

Corvette Funfest 2016 Theme Announced

Corvette Funfest, Vette Fest, Mid America Motorworks On Jan. 6, 1997, Corvette Engineers, Chevrolet Executives and our Chief Cheerleader, Mike Yager, were on hand in Bowling Green to unveil the next generation of America’s Sports Car: the C5 Corvette. In honor of that historic occasion, Corvette Funfest 2016 will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the C5 Corvette’s introduction.

Corvette Funfest will showcase the unique Corvette Evolution, from C5 concept to completion. CERV 4b, along with the C5 Alpha and C5 Beta build Corvettes will chronicle the journey all the way up to the last C5 Z06 in a special display. Corvette Funfest 2016 is scheduled for Sept. 15-18. The weekend includes 4 full days of Expert Seminars, Celebrity Choice Awards, Product Demos and Corvettes as far as the eye can see on Mid America Motorworks’ Corporate Campus in Effingham, Ill.

“The C5 Corvette continued the forward momentum that the C4 brought back to the brand. We are looking forward to recognizing this important generation as one of the big chapters in Corvette’s impressive history,” said Mike Yager, Chief Cheerleader of Mid America Motorworks.

Two other major Corvette events will coincide with Corvette Funfest 2016. The Solid Axle Corvette Club will host its Annual Convention in Effingham, Ill. the week leading up to Corvette Funfest, while the Grand Sport Registry will invite all Grand Sports to the 20th Anniversary celebration of the 1996 Grand Sport during Corvette Funfest. Make plans to attend and register today!

A Crowd Favorite Custom 1975 Chevrolet Corvette

Corvette Funfest C3 Corvette During Corvette Funfest, our friend Steve Temple spent some time with Sandy and M.J. Redden to learn the story behind their Corvette. Theft, raising a family and health issues all led to the C3 Corvette they own today. Read Steve's full story for Vette Magazine here.

Vette Magazine Covers Corvette Funfest 2015

Vette Magazine, Corvette Funfest Thanks to our friends Steve Temple and Vette Magazine for joining us at Corvette Funfest 2015! To read their full article on Corvette Funfest, click here. And be sure to pick up the March 2016 issue of Vette Magazine!

Celebrity Choice Winners

Corvette Funfest Celebrity Choice Awards At Corvette Funfest 2015, we introduced an all-new format for Celebrity Choice Awards. Enthusiasts even drove up to the Awards Wall and snapped a photo of their Corvettes throughout the weekend. Were you a lucky winner? Click here to see the 2015 Winners.

Charity Event Raises Funds for Fear Nothing

Fear Nothing, Corvette Funfest, Charity Event, Cancer Research During this year’s Corvette Funfest, Mike and Laurie Yager welcomed Corvette enthusiasts and local community members to their home for a Luau-themed Charity Event. The annual Charity Event is open to the public, as well as the Corvette community, and this year raised funds for Fear Nothing, an Effingham area organization that fights the battle against cancer.

With support in the form of staffing, auction items and catering from the Thelma Keller Convention Center, Mid America Motorworks was able to make a sizable donation to Fear Nothing. Jodi Waymoth, the founder of Fear Nothing, visited Mid America Motorworks’ Corporate Campus to receive a check in the amount of $31,673.

"I’m proud to support Fear Nothing, because cancer is such a far-reaching disease. On a personal note, I’m also honored to support an organization that was created by someone who I respect and consider one of my dear friends, Jodi Waymoth,” said Mike Yager, Chief Cheerleader and founder of Mid America Motorworks. “We also want to thank the Thelma Keller Convention Center for once again bringing their level of excellence to the event and helping make it an amazing night!”

Each year, Mid America Motorworks hosts a Charity Event during Corvette Funfest to benefit an organization within the Corvette industry or local to the Effingham Community. This year’s selection of Fear Nothing bridges the span between those groups. Fear Nothing directs 50% of its funds to support local cancer patients and the other 50% to fund private cancer research.

The Charity Event was set against the backdrop of the Yagers’ iconic Chevrolet Bowtie swimming pool. The evening’s festivities included a silent and live auction; authentic Polynesian dancing; tributes to survivors and those who lost their fight; Rum and Bourbon tastings by Sweet Lucy; cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; and more.

Thank You!

Funfest Boulevard, Corvette Funfest Thank you to everyone who joined us in Corvette Country! From George Barris and Linda Vaughn, expert installations, one-of-a-kind seminars and of course Corvettes, we hope you had as much fun as we did!

Check out highlights of this year's event!

It's Almost Here!

Corvette Funfest, Funfest Grounds Corvette Funfest 2015 is only a few days away and we're getting ready to welcome thousands of Corvettes! Check out our online schedule to plan your weekend and we'll see you Thursday in Corvette Country!

World's Best Die-Cast Corvette Collection Coming to Funfest!

die cast Corvettes, Corvette Funfest John McNamara travels in what looks like an ordinary semi announcing a Die-Cast collection of America's Sports Car. What people don't realize is that the semi also serves as the showcase that features hundreds of miniature Corvettes. Walk through and marvel at his collection during Corvette Funfest 2015!

Seminars at Corvette Funfest

Corvette Funfest Expert Panel

1954 Corvair Motorama Re-Creation Car
Mike Terry – Corvette Enthusiast, Brett Henderson – Blue Flame Restorations
Seminar: Friday, 10am, Seminar Location 2
Seminar: Saturday, 2pm, Seminar Location 2

In 2010, Indiana native Mike Terry purchased a 1954 barn find Corvette from New Jersey with intentions to recreate the stunning looks and style of the Motorama car. The completed car was unveiled at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March 2015 as part of the Outstanding Car exhibition. In this seminar, Mike Terry and Brett Henderson share the story of how this car came to life.

 

1963-1996 Corvette Suspension & Steering Basics
Chris Petris - Petris Enterprises
Seminar: Friday, 4pm, Seminar Location 3
Seminar: Saturday, 12pm, Seminar Location 3

What spring should I use for the best overall performance and ride? Should I use rubber or urethane suspension bushings? Do I really want or need expensive shock absorbers, how do they affect ride and handling? We'll cover how to diagnose abnormal tire wear and explain the typical alignment terms and how they affect handling.

 

1984-1996 Power Window Regulator Removal and Replacement Done Right!
Kenny Yager - Mid America Motorworks Merchant, Corvette Collector & Restorer
Seminar: Friday, 3pm, Seminar Location 3
Seminar: Sunday, 10am, Seminar Location 3

Long-time Corvette collector, restorer and enthusiast, Kenny Yager once again gives insight into the C4 Corvette. Kenny gives you tips and tricks to properly removing a worn out power window regulator and installing your C4 Corvette power window regulator. Say goodbye to a slow or sporadic window regulator!

 

A Cancer-Free World: Is It Achievable?
Dr. Philip Dy - Crossroads Cancer Center
Seminar: Saturday, 1pm, Seminar Location Funfest Paradise

Dr. Philip Dy is a medical oncologist who has been practicing in Effingham at Crossroads Cancer Center since 1998. Dr. Dy has been invited to speak at several conferences on cancer pain management, breast cancer and lung cancer around the country. In addition, he is currently the President of the Effingham County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. In this seminar, he will discuss the potential to live in a world with no more cancer.

 

A Celebration of the C4
Fred Gallasch - Former Corvette Brand Manager, Corvette Historian & Writer
Seminar: Friday, 12pm, Seminar Location 2
Seminar: Saturday, 3pm, Seminar Location 2

Fred Gallasch discusses the world class performance car that is the C4 Corvette. The seminar includes a history of the car, the technologies that were introduced throughout the C4’s lifespan and how it became a race car civilized for the street. They will also point out ways that this revolutionary design led to today's Corvette.

 

Building A New Corvette
Fred Gallasch - Former Corvette Brand Manager
Seminar: Friday, 3pm, Seminar Location 2
Seminar: Saturday, 1pm, Seminar Location 2

Former Corvette Brand Manager, Corvette historian and writer, Fred Gallasch knows a thing or two about how Corvettes are built. He shares his inside knowledge of the creation process and provides some speculation on the much-debated mid-engine Corvette.

 

C5 & C6 Questions You Always Wanted To Ask
Art Spong - Retired Corvette Brand Quality Manager, Performance Cars & Steve Grilli, Retired Corvette Quality Manager
Seminar: Friday, 1pm, Seminar Location 1
Seminar: Saturday, 12pm, Seminar Location 1

Retired GM team members Art Spong and Steve Grilli address common questions on the fifth and sixth generation Corvette in this open-format seminar. Get their perspective on the C5 and C6 - and ask your own questions!

 

Callaway, Powerfully Engineered Corvettes, Past through the Present
Chris Chessnoe – Callaway Corvettes Program Manager & Mike Zoner – Callaway Corvettes Managing Director
Seminar: Friday, 3pm, Seminar Location 1
Seminar: Saturday, 10:30am, Seminar Location 2

Callaway’s Managing Director, Mike Zoner, and their Program Manager, Chris Chessnoe, will cover the iconic Twin Turbo and SuperNatural Callaway Corvettes of the past, and introduce the newest supercharged Callaway Stingrays and Z06 supercars. Zoner, who’s been a part of the Callaway team for nearly 30 years, involved with every Callaway Corvette from B2K to Sledgehammer, to their newest offerings, will discuss the technical virtues of what Callaway does, and the technology which goes into their Corvettes.

 

Clubbing Around with NCCC & Corvette Club of Illinois
Dave Heineman - NCCC, Doug Hanner & Art Rapp - Corvette Club of Illinois
Seminar: Saturday, 2pm, Seminar Location 3

Join Dave Heinemann, Doug Hanner and Art Rapp, as they delve into the world of Corvette Clubs. They'll discuss topics such as increasing member participation, club activities, getting involved in NCCC and getting involved in your local community.

 

Cocktails with the Prichards
Phil & Philip Prichard, Jr - Prichard’s Distillery
Seminar: Friday, 2pm, Seminar Location Funfest Paradise

Enjoy a tasting hosted by Phil and Philip Prichard, Jr. as they present Cocktails with Prichards Products. This is a great opportunity to sample beverages created in Tennessee at Prichard’s Distillery.

 

Corvette Funfest 2015 Expert Panel
Dennis Pittsenbarger – MC, Fred Gallasch - Former Corvette Brand Manager, Corvette Historian & Writer, Dave Heineman – NCCC President, Myles Kornblatt – Miama Auto Museum Curator, Kevin Mackay – Corvette Repair, Inc., Dave McLellan - Retired Chief Engineer for Corvette, Lance Miller – Corvettes at Carlisle, Maria Prekeges – Corvette Nation TV, Sarah Shelton – Corvette Writer, Mike Yager – Mid America Motorworks
Seminar: Saturday, 11am, Seminar Location Funfest Stage

Corvette industry historians, experts, collectors and enthusiasts join forces to discuss America’s Sports Car! Find out what the experts have to say about the evolution of the Corvette hobby, their thoughts on the latest C7 and more.

 

Corvette Tire History
Fred Gallasch - Former Corvette Brand Manager
Seminar: Friday, 11am, Seminar Location 3

Over the years, former Corvette Brand Manager, Corvette historian and writer, Fred Gallasch has kept in touch with his friends at General Motors. In this seminar, shares his knowledge of Corvette tires, from the history of how they’re selected, to updates that are currently being made.

 

Fall Into Great Skin
Jennifer Brent, Jennifer Westendorf, Kaitlin Kaufmann, Lisa Karolowics - Rodan & Fields
Seminar: Friday, 9am & 1pm, Seminar Location Funfest Paradise
Seminar: Saturday, 9am & 2pm, Seminar Location Funfest Paradise

Does the never-ending pursuit of the “latest and greatest” wrinkle-fighting creams and “innovative” ingredients leave you with nothing but jars of hope filled with empty promises? Try a steady diet of intelligent skincare with Rodan + Fields clinically proven topicals and tools to turn back the hands of time. Join us to learn how you can put this scientific approach to younger-looking skin to work for you.

 

Finding and Purchasing the Right Shark Project
Chris Petris – Petris Enterprises
Seminar: Saturday, 11am, Seminar Location 3

Learn what Chris Petris has seen the past 30 years, when a proud first time Corvette owner brings in what they think is the deal of the century. More than one time he has had to turn down a project in the customer's best interest. What year Shark do you choose for your Project, with so many available that need major repairs or restoration? You need a plan, buy a Project in pieces or one that is close to completion. Chris will explain what to look for before you spend your hard earned dollars. 

 

Firefly Grill Outdoor Food Demo
Chef Niall Campbell - Firefly Grill
Seminar: Saturday, 11:30am & 1pm, Seminar Funfest Paradise Pavilion

In 2014, Firefly Grill received the “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award from the Illinois Office of Tourism, just the latest in a long list of awards and accolades this local gem receives. Chef Niall Campbell has made it his mission to serve sustainable, garden-to-table selections that change seasonally, depending on what is available. Don’t miss this live demonstration of the care and craftsmanship that goes into each meal prepared at Firefly Grill.

 

General Exhaust Header Theory
Nick Filippides - American Racing Headers
|Seminar: Friday, 10am, Seminar Location 3
Seminar: Saturday, 9am, Seminar Location 3

What can exhaust headers do for your Corvette? Nick Filippides will explain why exhaust headers provide underhood heat reduction and improve exhaust gas flow, giving you better performance. American Racing Headers are made in the USA for C3-C7 Corvettes.

 

GM’s Hourly Tech Talk
GM’s Corvette Team
Seminar: Friday, 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm, Seminar Location GM Tent
Seminar: Saturday, 10:30am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm, Seminar Location GM Tent

Learn what’s new with the technology in the latest Corvette Stingray with these hourly tech talks presented by key staff from General Motors’ Corvette team.

 

How to Choose the Right C4-C7 Corvette Exhaust System
Mike Boat - Billy Boat Exhaust
Seminar: Friday, 1pm, Seminar Location 2
Seminar: Saturday, 3pm, Seminar Location 3

Mike Boat will talk about the dreaded drone, explain what it is, along with giving you the information you need in order to make the right choice for your next Corvette exhaust system. He will also cover the New C7 Billy Boat Exhaust System with ECO mode valves for even better economy, performance and sound.

 

How to Easily Remove Swirl Marks from Your Corvette
Adam Pitale – Adam’s Polishes
Seminar: Saturday, 1pm, Seminar Location Adam’s Polishes Booth

Adam Pitale knows car detailing. He has built a career around making vehicles look great inside and out, and is now the Officially Licensed Detailing product of Corvette. Check out this seminar, where Adam will give you tips to remove swirl marks in paint and make your Corvette shine.

 

Kids, Corvettes and an Engineer
Tom Hill - Retired GM Corvette Engineer
Seminar: Saturday, 4pm, Seminar Location 2

Kids age 5 to 16 years are invited to get to know the Chevrolet Corvette with retired Corvette Engineer, Tom Hill. This relaxed seminar will introduce budding enthusiasts to America's Sports Car and give them the opportunity to ask questions. Parents can attend, but are asked to let the kids take the lead.

 

LS Engine Conversions Does it Make Sense to Modify My Corvette?
Chris Petris - Petris Industries
Seminar: Friday, 12pm, Seminar Location 3
Seminar: Sunday, 9am, Seminar Location 2

LS engine conversions in pre-C5 Corvettes are very popular. Are you up to the challenge? We'll explain what it takes to make the conversion happen and the typical costs associated. You'll know what LS engines work best in each generation of pre-C5 Corvette. Should I do the conversion or build my existing engine? The LS engine has a lot to offer with horsepower and fuel economy gains. 

 

Making the Most of Your Funfest Experience
Michael, Blake & Betsy Yager – Mid America Motorworks
Seminar: Thursday, 1pm, Seminar Location 1

Get tips from the Funfest experts on how to make the most of your weekend in Corvette Country. Whether you're a first timer or a Funfest regular, check out this seminar to see what you can learn about the World's Largest Corvette Party!

 

Paint Protection Film, FAQ & Basic Installation Tips
Michael Dobbins & Benjamin Kenney- XPEL
Seminar: Friday, 11am, Seminar Location 1
Seminar: Saturday, 2pm, Seminar Location 1
Seminar: Sunday, 10am, Seminar Location 1

Tired of rock chips, gravel and other road debris damaging your Corvette’s paint job? Learn the importance and benefits of clear paint protection. Michael Dobbins & Benjamin Kenney , cover some of the basic install tips and details about the clear paint protection itself, thickness, proper care etc.

 

Painting Workshop - Beginners to Experts
Jamie Stang - Stang Arts
Seminar: Friday, 11am, Seminar Location Funfest Paradise
Seminar: Saturday, 10am, Seminar Location Funfest Paradise

Take home a truly one-of-a-kind souvenir from Corvette Funfest - a painting that you created! Jenny Stang is known around Effingham County for hosting fun, relaxing painting parties and we’re bringing that great time to Corvette Funfest! Whether you’re an artist or a novice, the class includes step-by-step instructions. Registration is $35 and includes all materials needed to create your masterpiece!

 

Parasitic Battery Drain
Christina Tufts - AC Delco
Seminar: Friday, 10am & 4pm, Seminar Location 1
Seminar: Saturday, 11am & 3pm, Seminar Location 1
Seminar: Sunday, 11am, Seminar Location 1

This seminar will be of interest to all Corvette owners however, C4, C5, C6 and C7 Corvette owners will benefit the most, because parasitic battery drain has gone up with each generation. With this informative seminar, Christina Tufts will cover why proper battery replacement is so important with today's newer Corvettes.

 

Performance Tuning: The Benefits & Why You Should Do It
Nick McGrath - Straightline Performance
Seminar: Friday, 12pm, Seminar Location 1
Seminar: Saturday, 9am, Seminar Location 1
Seminar: Sunday, 9am, Seminar Location 1

Having appeared on Speed Channel’s highly rated “Pinks” twice, and various other racing DVDs such as Scandalous Racing’s “You Got the Hit,” Straightline Performance has become the premiere choice for Corvette owners wanting serious power with the time slips to prove it! Nick McGrath will show you what he does to properly tune  a late model Corvette.

 

Rust Prevention & Rust Treatment
Sally Miener - DirectLine Continental
Seminar: Saturday, 10:30am, Seminar Location 1
Seminar: Saturday, 4pm, Seminar Location 1

Sally Miener will give the inside scoop on how to properly deal with rust and how to prevent it from coming back. If you are restoring your Corvette and need to restore the frame or other metal components, this is the right seminar for you!

 

The Art of Waterless Washing
Adam Pitale - Adam’s Polishes
Seminar: Friday, 1pm, Seminar Location Adam’s Polishes Booth

No time for a complete wash and dry? No problem! Adam Pitale shows you how to make your Corvette look show-room fresh, no water required!

 

The King of Kustomizers Chats with The First Lady of Motorsports
George Barris - King of Kustomizers & Linda Vaughn - Miss Hurst Golden Shifter
Seminar: Friday, 4pm, Seminar Location 2
Seminar: Saturday, 12pm, Seminar Location 2

The King of Kustomizers, George Barris and the First Lady of Motorsports, Linda Vaughn swap stories of the golden era of racing. George will discuss how he got the passion for kustomizing cars and Linda will discuss her role in merging Hollywood and drag racing.

 

Keeping Abreast of Breast Cancer
Dr. Ruben Boyajian
Seminar: Saturday, 3pm, Seminar Location Funfest Paradise

Dr. Ruben Boyajian, a native of Uruguay who has lived in Effingham for 35 years, is well-known in the community as a caring surgeon specializing in women's health issues. Through his profession, as well as his volunteer efforts with the American Cancer Society and the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association, he has enriched the lives of several. During this seminar, Dr. Boyajian will discuss the different ways in which women can remain healthy throughout their lives.

 

Yoga for the Road Tripper
Ginny Liss - Bella Renaissance Yoga
Seminar: Friday, 3:30pm, Seminar Location Funfest Paradise
Seminar: Saturday, 12pm, Seminar Location Funfest Paradise

Learn basic relaxation and stretches to help ease the discomfort associated with long car rides. Ginny Lis teaches a variety of different Yoga styles and will incorporate restoration and relaxation techniques into this class.

 

XP-819: Life, Death and Rebirth
Mike Yager – Mid America Motorworks & Kevin Mackay – Corvette Repair, Inc.
Seminar: Saturday, 1pm, Seminar Location 1

Mike Yager delivers the history of XP-819, from concept to completion. Kevin Mackay details the restoration process, including surprises and challenges associated with this one-of-a-kind concept car.

 

New & Improved Celebrity Autographs

Celebrity Autographs Corvette Funfest

Some of the most famous Corvette and automotive Celebrities will be signing autographs Friday and Saturday at Corvette Funfest. Bring your Corvette memorabilia and add to your autograph collection with the likes of Dave McLellan, Linda Vaughn, George Barris, the cast of Corvette Nation, Fred Gallasch, Dennis Pittsenbarger, and of course Mike Yager! Be sure to take this rare opportunity to connect with big names in the Corvette industry and get a unique souvenir from Corvette Funfest 2015!

Funfest Flashback Friday - Get Ready!

Steven Bell

What was your favorite band at Corvette Funfest? Can’t decide? That’s ok - relive them all with Funfest Flashback Friday! On Friday, Sept. 18th, Corvette Steven Bell, Kansas City disc jockey and Corvette Forum Moderator will play hits from music legends that have all played on our stage!

What’s better than great music from REO Speedwagon, The Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Don Felder, The Guess Who, and Bachman & Turner? How about some fun prizes! Listen as Steven Bell asks questions about the bands that are playing and be the first one to the Funfest Stage to claim your prize. It’s a great way to get ready for this year’s concert with Beach Boys original guitarist, David Marks and the Surf City Allstars!

Steven Bell has been a radio disc jockey in the Kansas City, Missouri market for 38 years. He started his career at a Top 40 radio station (Q104, KBEQ) in 1978. He then moved on to the #1 AOR station in Kansas City for almost 11 years.  He now works at the Classic Rock station 101 The Fox, KCFX, and has been there for a little over 25 years!  101 the Fox is also the flagship station for the Kansas City Chiefs football team and has been for 25 years.  Steven goes by Steve Garrett on the radio in Kansas City.

Steven is also the Public Address Announcer/Stadium Announcer for the Missouri Mavericks hockey team.  The Missouri Mavericks are a Double A team in the ECHL and are affiliated with the New York Islanders.  Before the Mavericks, Steven was the Public Address Announcer/Stadium Announcer for the Kansas City Blades hockey team.  The Blades were a Triple A team in the International Hockey League.  Steven has been the only voice of hockey in Kansas City since 1990!

Steven owns a highly modified 2014 Torch Red C7 coupe (Z51). See Steven and his Z51 at Corvette Funfest! 

Charity Event Hawaiian Shirt Contest

Fear Nothing Corvette Funfest Charity Event

We’re embracing this year’s Luau theme at the Corvette Funfest Charity Event! Wear your best Hawaiian garb – hibiscus print shirts, beach dresses, hula skirts if you’re brave – for a chance to be named Big Kahuna of the Charity Event. Join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction benefitting Fear Nothing, an Effingham organization developed by former Mid America Motorworks employee and cancer survivor, Jodi Waymoth. Fear Nothing divides their proceeds equally between helping local families effected by cancer and founding private cancer research.

Silent Auction items so far include a 32” HDTV, a guitar autographed by Vince Gill and Amy Grant, a dinner prepared by Mike Yager, an autographed Beach Boys album, 4 tickets to St. Louis Blues hockey and much more.  We’re also welcoming authentic Polynesian dancers for Hawaiian performances all evening.

You can also celebrate those who have battled cancer with a Tribute Card that will be displayed at the Charity Event, as well as at the Fear Nothing booth throughout Corvette Funfest weekend. Tickets to this fun event are $100 per person. For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.

World’s Fastest Pinstriper Comes to Corvette Funfest

Louie Allison Pinstriper coming to Corvette Funfest

World’s Fastest Pinstriper Comes to Corvette Funfest

Bring your helmets, glove box lids, fuel rail covers, cell phone cases and more! Mid America Motorworks and Corvette Funfest is welcoming the World’s Fastest Pinstriper, Louie Allison to Corvette Funfest. Louie will be joined by fellow pin stripper and friend, Rick Losh, to stripe small items throughout the weekend.

Louie Allison

Louie began pinstriping in the early 1970s. Having started out with a plate of glass, a dagger brush and a can of 1-Shot lettering enamel, he was self-taught at his kitchen table. He always loved the look that pinstriping gave a vehicle and kept pursuing that direction. In the mid 80's, he took his desire full time. In his 30-plus years of pinstriping and lettering, he has worked for such names as Connie and Scott Kalitta, John Force, Doug Herbert, Jack Ostrander, Boyd Cottington and many others. Through his profession he was able to live a lifelong dream of driving a top fuel nitro dragster for Jack Ostrander. His title as the World’s Fastest Pinstriper comes from going more than 300 MPH on a quarter mile. Now retired from professional drag racing, he spends his time focusing on his pinstriping and lettering. During his career, he has been inspired by working with such greats as Rick Losh, John Pugh and Ron Avers. He feels as though he has been truly blessed with his profession. Recently, Louie was honored at the 2008 Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet by being awarded the Panel Jam Pinstriping contests 'Champion'. Now with the support of his wife Karrie, Louie is building a 1965 GTO, pinstriping, lettering and working car shows with longtime friend Rick Losh.

Rick Losh

Born and raised in Colorado, Rick began lettering vehicles in the 60's. He was heavily influenced by the airbrush and lettering techniques of Ron Avers, Stan Swank and Archie Johnston. Although he was mostly self taught, Rick began his professional sign career in 1974, working as a sign painter for Sign Craft Sign Co. For the next 35 years, Rick lettered and pinstriped race cars, tractor trailers, hot rods, boats and just about everything in between. In 1981, Rick began racing stock cars at Lakeside Speedway. He continued his love of stock car racing by becoming a member of the Rick Carelli/Chesrown Automotive Group Racing Team. While on the crew, Rick was a member of the "Over the Wall Gang." Today, along with his wife Gail, they enjoy fishing and time spent with their dogs. In the past 12 years, Rick has enjoyed working alongside his friend Louie Allison, The World’s Fastest Pinstriper.

Together they have forged a team whose work complements and inspires one another’s. Bring your Corvette and automotive parts or memorabilia to have Louie and Rick create a one-of-a-kind design. Both artists express their thanks to the family, friends and clientele who have helped them develop colorful and fulfilling careers.

Corvette Funfest Welcomes Sponsors

Hardee Corvette Funfest welcomes two new sponsors, as XPEL Technologies and Hardee's show their support for the annual Corvette event that will welcome thousands of Corvettes and their owners to Effingham, Ill. on Sept. 17-20.

XPEL Technologies offers state-of-the-art protection from vehicle damage caused by rocks, gravel, salt, insects and other road debris. They will be on hand at Corvette Funfest to install their industry-leading protection products on headlights, turn signals, taillights, Corvette bodies, and even door sills! XPEL has developed a thin, virtually invisible urethane film that protects paint from the elements without sacrificing your Corvette’s style. Check out our full line of XPEL products online.

Hardee’s is also sponsoring Corvette Funfest and hosting the first-ever Thickburger Eating Contest on the Funfest Stage. Corvette enthusiasts, Corvette Clubs and anyone who enjoys a good contest is invited to participate. Registration will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning in the Corporate Booth at Corvette Funfest. Participants will be randomly chosen and put their eating skills up against 4 other contestants – and a VIP guest – for the chance to win free Thickburgers for a full year! Visit our website for the official rules.

Registration is open for Corvette Funfest 2015: Corvette Country. This year we’re welcoming King of Kustomizers, George Barris and Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Linda Vaughn, Event Master of Ceremonies, Dennis Pittsenbarger, a long list of Corvette suppliers, new seminars, a brand new Celebrity Choice Awards Ceremony and much more. Click here to register!

Thickburger Eating Contest

Hardees Thickburger

Official Contest Rules

The Contest will be held at the Corvette FunFest in Effingham, Illinois on September 19, 2015 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 19, 2015 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

Prize:

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.

Test Your Artistic Skills in Funfest Paradise

Stang Arts Logo

Funfest Paradise invites you to take a break from the high-octane action on the Funfest grounds and channel your creativity for a painting workshop. We're thrilled to welcome Stang Arts to Corvette Funfest. Jamie Stang and staff will assist you in creating an automotive-themed masterpiece. No matter your artistic skill level, this is a fun workshop that gives you and your friends a chance to take home a piece of one-of-a-kind artwork! Registration for the workshop is $35 and covers all supplies and materials. There are only 30 spots available for both Friday and Saturday, so email eventsales@mamotorworks.com with the subject Stang Arts to sign up today.

All New Celebrity Choice Awards

All new celebrity choice location

Celebrity Choice Awards are a staple of Corvette Funfest, where you get the chance to show off your Corvette's winning style. This year, we're taking the Awards Ceremony up a notch, with an all new Awards location designed to showcase each Corvette. A staff of Celebrity Choice Ladies will assist with staging to ensure that you and your Corvette look great for your photo with your Celebrity Choice Judge and Mike Yager. Want to see if your Corvette has that winning look? All you have to do is register for Corvette Funfest and display your registration sticker in the upper driver's side windshield. Register today!

Corvette Funfest Welcomes Dennis Pittsenbarger

Dennis Pittsenbarger

Hot rod enthusiast Dennis Pittsenbarger brings his electric personality to Effingham, Ill. for Corvette Funfest, Sept. 17-20, 2015. With a resume that boasts hosting a variety of automotive radio and television programs, hosting the center stage of the SEMA Show and providing credible reporting within the car hobby, it just makes sense that he would be part of the Largest Corvette Party in the World.

As the Corvette Funfest Master of Ceremonies, Dennis will participate in several aspects of the event, from Opening Ceremonies to Celebrity Autographs, the Corvette Funfest Fashion Show, the Expert Panel and the Saturday Night Concert featuring original Beach Boys Guitarist, David Marks and the Surf City Allstars.

“Dennis is a true professional and a friend. He brings a unique excitement to Corvette Funfest and he’s welcome here any time he wants to visit,” said Mike Yager, Founder and Chief Cheerleader of Mid America Motorworks.

Corvette Funfest 2015 is the 22nd annual event hosted by Mid America Motorworks. The 4-day Corvette celebration takes place in Effingham, Ill. and welcomes thousands of Corvettes throughout the weekend. King of Kustomizers, George Barris, and the First Lady of Drag Racing, Linda Vaughn, are both VIP guests this year. Corvette enthusiasts and car lovers in general are sure to have a great time, with events including Celebrity Choice Awards, Expert Seminars, Thursday Night Fun Run and Downtown Party, Friday Night Charity Event and more. Registration for Corvette Funfest 2015 is open at www.corvettefunfest.com.

Upgrade Your Concert Experience

Surf City Allstars Group Photo

Want to see original Beach Boys Guitarist David Marks and the Surf City Allstars up close? For the first time ever, you can upgrade to a VIP front row concert ticket at Corvette Funfest!

Enjoy the show just feet away from the stage and rub elbows with some of the biggest names in the Corvette industry! Tickets are only $100 per person for the full VIP experience and they're available now! Click here for tickets

Corvette Club Challenge - Are You Ready?

Corvette Club group photo

Show us what you've got during our Corvette Club Challenge! We're pitting Corvette Clubs against each other in a series of challenges to see who will reign supreme in Corvette Country! Clubs are invited to test Pit Crew Skills, run our Bumper Car course and more. Each activity is rated and the Clubs with the highest point totals will have the chance to win great prizes in our Club Challenge Cash Cage.

Want to participate? Email clubs@mamotoworks.com to get your Club registered and for more details.

A Different Way to Gain Power

A Different Way to Gain Power

The crew at Straightline Performance has become the choice for those wanting serious power with the time slips to prove it - and they're coming to Corvette Funfest! There's more to giving your Corvette a performance boost than adding aftermarket parts (although that's another great option!). Straightline Performance has built a business around Diagnostic Scans and Performance Tunes that use proprietary information straight from GM to tweak your Corvette and make it run better than ever.

Want to see what your Corvette can do? Email eventsales@mamotorworks.com to schedule your Diagnostic Scan during Corvette Funfest. The experts at Straightline Performance will give you the results and you get to decide whether or not it's time for a tune.

1954 Corvair Re-Creation Motorama Car

1954 Corvette Corvair Motorama Clone

General Motors Motorama shows were the pinnacle of the automotive hobby, where prototype and concept vehicles were unveiled to crowds of enthusiasts. One such vehicle, a 1954 Corvair Re-Creation Motorama Car, will be on display at Corvette Funfest 2015! Attendees can step back in time to the original Motorama shows all weekend with this replica Motorama showcar.

Indiana native Mike Terry purchased a 1954 barn find from New Jersey with intentions to recreate the stunning looks and style of the Motorama car. He enlisted the help of Brett Henderson and Blue Flame Restorations to bring his vision to life and unveiled the results at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. The 1954 Corvair Re-Creation Motorama Car features the same aircraft-inspired roof and European styling of the original. Four years of restoring, fabricating and upgrading virtually every inch of this Corvette successfully created a faithful re-creation of the Corvette Corvair Motorama car. See it in person at Corvette Funfest 2015! Click here for more details

Start Funfest Right – Get Lei’d Friday Night!

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Break out your Hawaiian attire for this year’s Corvette Funfest Charity Event. Mid America Motorworks and supporting partners Thelma Keller Convention Center-Chuck Keller Family are inviting you to our a laid back, Luau-themed party. Click here for more details

Funfest Schedule Is Now Online

Corvette Funfest 2015 Schedule Screenshot

Starting to plan your Corvette Funfest experience? We can help! We have added our preliminary schedule to the Corvette Funfest website. Print the entire schedule to have an overview of the weekend or personalize it based on your plans. Check back often, as we will update the schedule with seminar details and other activities as they are confirmed. View Funfest Schedule

Corvette Funfest Lodging Options

Lodging list screen shot

Thinking about attending the World’s Largest Corvette party, but worried that you won’t have a place to stay at night? We take the guesswork out of finding accommodations with the lodging tab on our website. We update availability weekly in an effort to give you the most accurate list of hotels, bed and breakfasts, lake cabins and rooms available for Corvette Funfest. Check the link, make your reservation and join us in Corvette Country! Lodging Details

Charity Event Details Announced

Fear Nothing Logo

Jodi Waymoth was a part of the Mid America Motorworks family for 13 years. Like most of us here, she wore many hats, starting out as a Customer Service Representative in 1995 and transitioning to Sales and Customer Service Team Leader, and then to Mike Yager’s Assistant.

In 2006, Jodi was diagnosed with stage-3 colon cancer at age 30. Nearly two years later, she faced yet another cancer diagnoses, this time in the form of stage-2 breast cancer. Through her journey with cancer, Jodi made the difficult decision to leave Mid America Motorworks and become a full time mother to her children, who were just one and three at the time. She also found a new calling in life, providing assistance and support to other cancer patients through an organization she created called “Fear Nothing.”

We are honored to support our friend Jodi and name Fear Nothing as this year’s Corvette Funfest Charity Event beneficiary. Since its inception in 2006, Fear Nothing has raised and distributed roughly $200,000 for cancer patients and research. It’s no secret that cancer touches the lives of millions around the world.

As always, the Charity Event is a bridge between our Corvette friends and our Community. That makes Fear Nothing a perfect choice! The 501(c) 3 organization directs 50% of their fundraising proceeds to local patients enduring treatment and the other 50% to private research programs and/or trials in an effort to effect the most change in the fight against cancer.

This year’s Charity Event promises a beach party with a Luau theme! Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18th at Mike and Laurie Yager’s home, the evening will include drinks, Hawaiian appetizers, a silent auction and a chance to meet some of the biggest names in the Corvette industry. Tickets are $100 per person and are now available.

Calling Kustom Corvettes!

George Barris and Mike Yager with Image Kustom Award from 2010

Have you been dreaming of showing off your custom Corvette? This is your chance! We’re just as excited as you to welcome the King of Kustomizers, George Barris to this year’s Corvette Funfest! We’re sure George will be checking out all the Corvettes with a personal touch. As a special treat, George will even be giving out his coveted Kustom Award to one Corvette each day that meets his standards for a custom ride.

American Racing Headers Offers Free Installs

American Racing Headers

The Install Dome at Corvette Funfest has always been the place to go for quality upgrades at fair prices. This year, Mid America Motorworks is teaming up with American Racing Headers to bring the industry’s highest quality header systems to Corvette Funfest 2015.

American Racing Headers will be offering registered Funfest attendees free expert installation throughout the weekend, as well as a 10% discount on the product. That means you can enjoy performance upgrades at a savings of up to $750! The racing headers are available for 1968-2015 Corvettes in both full and mid-length sizes and will add up to forty horsepower to your Third through Seventh Generation Corvette.

Mid America Motorworks and American Racing Headers are excited to offer this fantastic deal to Corvette Funfest attendees. Be sure to register for Corvette Funfest today and schedule your install to ensure product and appointment availability. Email eventsales@mamotorworks.com or call (800) 774-8989 to schedule your upgrade today!

American Racing Headers is a New York-based company specializing in adding torque and power to engines through the use of top quality racing headers. American Racing Headers is trusted by hundred of dealers worldwide because of its direct involvement with General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler regarding the design of the racing headers.

Beach Boys Hits at Corvette Funfest

Album Image - Surfer Girls, The Beach Boys

When muscle cars and music reigned supreme in the 1950s and 1960s, the Corvette and the Beach Boys both secured their places in pop culture. That relationship continues today, when Corvette Funfest welcomes original Beach Boys Lead Guitarist David Marks with support from the Surf City Allstars to the Funfest Amphitheater stage on Saturday, Sept. 19th. The Surf City All Stars have all appeared, played and sang lead vocals with both the Beach Boys and the Jan & Dean Band, promising to make this a must-attend concert!

David Marks was one of the six original Beach Boys and was present for the first Beach Boys recordings in 1961. When the band went on their first tour in 1962, Brian Wilson stayed home to write songs and David toured in his place. He played on the first four albums and appeared on album cover artwork, including the "Surfer Girl" album, second from the left. He reunited with the Beach Boys in 2012 for their 50th Anniversary Tour, singing and playing hits like "Getcha Back" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice" to audiences around the world

The Surf City Allstars band is the only band with members who have all played and sang lead vocals with both the Beach Boys and the Jan & Dean Band. Members of the Surf City Allstars were even taught lead vocals by Beach Boys legends, Mike Love and Brian Wilson.

Corvette Funfest Welcomes Miss Hurst Golden Shifter

Linda Vaughn and Mike Yager

Guests at Corvette Funfest 2015 will have the opportunity to meet an icon in the racing world. Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Linda Vaughn, will be a special VIP guest at Corvette Funfest, signing autographs (bring your memorabilia to have it signed), presenting seminars and sharing her perspective on the world of drag racing.

In 1961, Linda began her career as a beauty queen when she grew tired of her work as a dental technician and entered a beauty contest. From there, she became Miss Atlanta Raceway and visited several races. She went on to become Miss Pure Firebird, until a merger between Pure Oil and Union Oil left her without a job. Linda took a chance on an ad in Hot Rod Magazine and entered Hurst's competition for the next Miss Hurst Golden Shifter.

From there, Linda beat out 200 national entries to win the Hurst title. Linda established herself as the Queen of Drag Racing with her infectious smile and sparkling personality, winning the hearts of fans for generations.

She was the first to merge Hollywood, sex and women into the world of NASCAR, forever solidifying her role as the First Lady of Motorsports. Linda received the SEMA Businesswomen's Network Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, and in February 2015 was recognized as a Pioneer of Racing by the Living Legends of Auto Racing in Florida.

King of Kustomizers Attends Corvette Funfest

George Barris with Mike Yager and Corvette Summer Corvette

Every year, tens of thousands of Corvette enthusiasts flock to Corvette Funfest to celebrate the hobby. This year, they will also have the chance to meet a legend in the automotive industry – George Barris, creator of Barris Kustom Industries. As a special VIP guest at Corvette Funfest, George will present seminars, share his passion for the automotive industry, and sign t-shirts, posters, yearbooks and other Corvette Funfest memorabilia. George will also be autographing other Barris memorabilia for a fee. As the King of Kustomizers, George will present one Best Kustom Award each day during Funfest, highlighting those enthusiasts who make their Corvettes truly one-of-a-kind.

George's career as customizer began at the age of 14, when he was paid $10 to put cat-eye taillights on a 1932 Ford. "That's my challenge. I'm going to be a customizer and make money," he said.

From there, he customized a variety of cars, many of them his own. George established Barris Kustom Ind. – drawing on his Greek heritage for the unique spelling – and quickly became known as an expert customizer. He raced several of his cars and his designs caught the attention of the movie industry.

Over the years, Barris Kustom Ind. has become synonymous with Hollywood cars. George's cars have appeared in movies, including North by Northwest, H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, Rebel Without a Cause, Willy Wonka and the original Death Race 2000. George and his cars have also appeared on television, including the original "Batman" series, "The Munsters," "Knight Rider," the "Drew Carey Show," "Monster Garage," Speed Channel's "Car Crazy," The Auto Channel's "Overhaulin," TV Lands "Top 10 Cars," Discovery Channel's "The Kustomizer" and dozens more.

George's reach has extended beyond film and television, to include custom vehicles for many studio executives and top celebrities. He added the Barris Kustom touch to vehicles for Elvis Presley, Elton John, John Wayne, The Beatles, Sonny & Cher, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Bo Derek and many more.

George shares his customizing techniques, art and stories from his career in several coffee table books, including "The Art of George Barris," "Barris Cars of the Stars," "Barris Kustom Techniques of the 50's" and several others.

Welcome to Corvette Country!

Corvette Funfest 2015 Artwork

The Midwest is known by many names: America's Breadbasket, the Heartland, Flyover Country – the list goes on. Mid America Motorworks is adding another name to the list – Corvette Country! Every September, thousands of Corvettes flock to the Midwest – and specifically Effingham, Ill. – for Corvette Funfest. That's why Mid America Motorworks is celebrating Corvette Funfest 2015: Corvette Country

Corvette Funfest is scheduled for Sept. 17th through 20th and kicks off with a Thursday Night Fun Run, where the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts a Welcome Fest. The annual Friday Night Charity Event includes a silent auction to raise funds for a worthy cause and the headlining Saturday evening concert caps off the weekend with world class music.

All four days are packed with activities that center around America's Sports Car. Visit the Install Dome for new exhaust, American Racing Headers, Superchargers, intakes and custom interiors. The Fun Dome will feature the latest Corvette lifestyle items, from books, apparel and leather jackets, to furniture, jewelry and accessories that make your Corvette passion come to life. Seminar Village is the place to hear industry experts share tips, technical information and fun memories of their experiences with Corvettes. Combine these events with Celebrity Choice Awards, special displays and Corvettes as far as the eye can see and you'll be eager to come back and do it all over again in 2016!

Corvette Funfest Ranked #3 Car Show

Corvette Funfest Aerial View

The editors at Jalopnik.com compiled a list of the 10 Biggest Car Shows in the World. Corvette Funfest came in at #3. Read More

It Pays To Register!

It Pays To Register!

If you're planning to attend Corvette Funfest, registering is a no-brainer! As a registered guest at Corvette Funfest, you get the Corvette Funfest Yearbook in your goodie bag at no additional cost! And of course, you’ll also receive a Corvette Funfest t-shirt, lapel pin and poster - all together a $35 value! That’s not even counting the weekend parking, concert tickets, merchandise discounts, expert seminars and one-of-a-kind displays that are included with registration! Don't delay - preferred registration pricing goes up on Sept. 1st. It'll be here before you know it! Register Today!

Ask The Mid America Motorworks Experts!

Ask The Experts

Our Experts on-Hand are here for YOU! You can find them at the front of the Install Dome, ready to answer questions and help with your upcoming projects. Chat about your Corvette, plan an install at Corvette Funfest or just ask questions. Our Experts On-Hand have a vast knowledge of everything Corvette and Mid America Motorworks. The best part is, they’re just waiting to share their knowledge with you! So be sure to stop by and pick their brains.

Buy Or Sell Your Corvette At Funfest

Cars For Sale

If you're looking for a new-to-you Corvette, check out the Cars For Sale Corral at Corvette Funfest!

Arrive In A Corvette, Leave In Your Dream Machine!

Install Dome

Considering a new exhaust? Looking for some custom performance upgrades? Ready for a new interior look? Ensure that it happens at Corvette Funfest by pre-scheduling your installs today! Corvette Funfest may be 4 days, but there’s a limited amount of space and time in the Install Dome. Pre-schedule your install now, get your upgrades early and enjoy the show!

Reduced Pricing on Edelbrock Superchargers

Reduced Pricing on Edelbrock Superchargers

Give your C6 or C7 Corvette an extra 170 horses without any hood modifications or fuel mileage loss! Pre-order an E-Force Supercharger for Corvette Funfest installation and save! You'll also get 2 free pulls on the Dyno – one before the installation and another after – to find out how much power you're packing! Too much cash to drop all at once? Ask about our payment schedule to ensure it's all yours this September! Call 800-774-8989 or emaileventsales@mamotorworks.com to order. Learn More

Avoid Road Construction

Avoid Road Construction

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.

Blue Suede Crew Performs

Blue Suede Crew Performs

Take a musical journey and relive some of the greatest music in Rock N Roll history with hits from Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis. The fun continues with special tributes to the Beatles, the incredible Beach Boys and Sir Elton John. Get your Country Buffet tickets early, as this will sell out. Don’t miss this fun chance for Dinner and a Show!

Check Your Mailbox!

Check Your Mailbox!

Your official welcome to Corvette Funfest 2014: Vets with Vettes is on its way! When you receive your parking sticker, be sure to peel and stick it to the upper driver’s side windshield and enter Gate 4 when you arrive! Bring the right side of your printed sticker to Funfest Headquarters to quickly check-in and receive your goodie bag. See you soon!

Corvette Funfest #3 Car Show

Corvette Funfest #3 Car Show

The editors at Jalopnik compiled the Top 10 List of Car Shows around the world and Corvette Funfest came in at #3! It’s also the only all-Corvette show on the list! From Expert Seminars, Celebrity Choice Judging, Thursday Night Fun Run, Friday Night Charity Event and headlining Saturday concert, it’s no wonder Corvette Funfest made the cut!

Corvette Funfest Charity Event

Corvette Funfest Charity Event

Each year during Corvette Funfest, Mid America Motorworks founders Mike and Laurie Yager host a Charity Event to share the Corvette hobby with the local community. This year, proceeds from the Annual Charity Event will benefit the Richard E. Workman Sports & Wellness Complex, a facility being developed in Effingham, Ill. The Thelma Keller Convention Center has a reputation for outstanding special events. Pair that with the Yagers' enthusiasm for healthy lifestyles and this year's Corvette Funfest Charity Event is sure to be a huge success!

The Sept. 19 Charity Event, set against the backdrop of the Yagers’ iconic Chevrolet Bowtie swimming pool, will include a silent auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and more. Tickets for the Charity Event are a $100 donation per person and give Corvette officianados and Effingham residents a chance to mingle for a great cause.

Add Horsepower at Funfest!

Add Horsepower at Funfest!

Give your C6 or C7 Corvette an extra 170 horses without any hood modifications or fuel mileage loss! Pre-order an E-Force Supercharger for Corvette Funfest installation and save up to $1,000! The experts from Edelbrock will install your Supercharger at no extra cost during Funfest. You’ll also get 2 free pulls on the Dyno – one before the installation and another after – to find out how much power you’re packing! This is only available to the first customer who orders for Corvette Funfest! Call 800-774-8989 or email eventsales@mamotorworks.com to order.

Now Taking Pre-Orders For Funfest

Now Taking Pre-Orders For Funfest

Considering a new exhaust? Looking for some custom performance upgrades? Ready for a new interior look? Ensure that it happens at Corvette Funfest by pre-scheduling your installs today! Corvette Funfest may be 4 days, but there’s a limited amount of space and time in the Install Dome. Pre-schedule your install now, get your upgrades early and enjoy the show!

Preferred Pricing Extended

Preferred Pricing Extended

Mid America Motorworks is extending Corvette Funfest preferred pricing through Monday, September 1. That means Corvette enthusiasts planning to attend the annual event in Effingham, Ill. can still take advantage of lower registration rates through the entire month of August!

“We are really looking forward to welcoming 38 Special to Corvette Funfest and want all of our Corvette friends to be here to enjoy the show with us,” said Mike Yager, Founder and Chief Cheerleader of Mid America Motorworks. “It just makes sense to extend preferred pricing for our guests.”

Corvette Funfest 2014: Vets with Vettes is a celebration of America’s Sports Car and America’s Armed Forces. The four-day event combines Corvette expert seminars and Celebrity Choice Awards with tributes to the men and women who have served to make this nation great. Mainstays of Corvette Funfest, such as the Thursday Night Fun Run, the Friday Charity Event, Expert Seminars, Celebrity Choice Judging and the Corvette Funfest Fashion Show will also be part of the weekend. Visit www.corvettefunfest.com to register for Corvette Funfest 2014.

38 Special Performs at Corvette Funfest

38 Special Performs at Corvette Funfest

Mid America Motorworks is thrilled to announce that American rockers 38 Special are taking the stage at Corvette Funfest Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at the World’s Largest Corvette Party in Effingham, Ill. The band will perform a night of chart-topping classic rock hits including “Hold on Loosely,” “Caught Up In You” “Back Where You Belong” and “Rockin Into The Night,” sure to please all generations of classic rock lovers and Corvette enthusiasts. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20th at the 14,000-seat Funfest Amphitheater. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and prepare to rock out!

“We can’t wait to welcome 38 Special to Corvette Funfest and Mid America Motorworks,” said Mike Yager, the company’s Founder and Chief Cheerleader. “Every year we try to top the year before, and I know 38 Special is going to deliver one amazing show!”

38 Special got their start in Jacksonville, Fla. in 1974, when buddies Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant decided to form a band. They have put out 15 albums in their 40-year career and have toured relentlessly since the ‘70s, sharing their blend of Southern Blues Rock with fans around the world.

“It's an emotional high for us to keep 'bringing it' after all these years,” Barnes said. “When those lights go down and we all walk up those steps to the stage and hear that crowd roar, it’s a real rush to the head. It feels like we're getting ready to strap ourselves in and it just takes off from there.”

Automotive Artist David Snyder Comes to Funfest

Automotive Artist David Snyder Comes to Funfest

With more than 100 limited edition automotive prints – 50 of which are sold out – David Snyder is known for capturing the glory days of the automotive culture. Snyder has an eye for detail and historical accuracy that lends his paintings the ability to take viewers back to a time when muscle cars were king and automotive enthusiasts ruled the roads. We are thrilled to welcome him to Corvette Funfest 2014!

Tom Hill’s Kids Only Seminar

Tom Hill’s Kids Only Seminar

This year at Corvette Funfest, retired Corvette engineer Tom Hill will give future Corvette owners a crash-course in America’s Sports Car! Enthusiasts 15 years and younger will learn the history of the Corvette, names and functions of major car components and what makes a car a sports car. Tom will also find out what young attendees want to see in future Corvettes. This seminar is designed to give the next generation of Corvette lovers first-hand experience and hopefully leave them empowered with Corvette knowledge!

Dyno Returns to Corvette Funfest

Dyno Returns to Corvette Funfest

Ready to measure your Corvette’s Corvette’s horsepower and torque! Find out how much power is under your hood and put your Corvette’s performance products to the test. Roll your Corvette up on the Dynamometer and take 2 acceleration pulls to see how your Corvette stands up to other enthusiast’s results! All runs include HP and TQ printouts. Does your Corvette have what it takes to be the most powerful at Corvette Funfest? Purchase a $75 Dyno Pass from Midwest Mobile Dyno at Corvette Funfest.

Diagnostic Reviews with Paul Koerner

Diagnostic Reviews with Paul Koerner

GM World Class Certified Technician Paul Koerner is returning to Corvette Funfest to offer Diagnostic Reviews to registered guests! If your Corvette is having specific issues, Paul can help diagnose them. If you’re concerned about recent upgrades, Paul can confirm proper function. If you have general questions about performance, Paul can answer those as well! These expert Diagnostic Reviews are a steal at only $50 for 30 minutes and can be purchased and scheduled before Corvette Funfest or in the Install Dome.

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall®

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall®

Mid America Motorworks and Corvette Funfest are proud to welcome The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall®, a 3/5 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Wall spans 300 feet when constructed and travels the country, providing Veterans, history buffs and military enthusiasts with the opportunity to pay tribute to those who served during the Vietnam War. Admission to the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is free. Parking for non-registered Corvette Funfest guests is $2/car.

Swapfest at Corvette Funfest

Swapfest at Corvette Funfest

After the success of last year’s Swapfest, we are once again welcoming all swappers to buy, sell and swap during Corvette Funfest. More buyers, more sellers, more swapping! Whether you're looking for that hidden treasure or trying to sell some of your automotive memorabilia to make room for more, the Swap Meet at Corvette Funfest is the place to be! Just $30 gets you a 20' x 20' Swap Meet space and 4 days to sell USED toys, literature, parts and other related automotive items.

Corvette Funfest 2014: Vets with Vettes

Corvette Funfest 2014: Vets with Vettes

Corvette enthusiasts, Veterans, and military aficionados are invited to Corvette Funfest: Vets with Vettes, Sept. 18-21, 2014. This year, the World’s Largest Corvette Party, welcomes thousands of Corvettes and their owners to Effingham, Ill. for four days celebrating America’s Sports Car and America’s Armed Forces. From Corvette seminars and awards to patriotic displays, special Military Registration lines and tributes to the men and women who have served to make this nation great, it’s definitely a don’t-miss event.

Corvette Funfest 2013 hits Corvette Nation in 2 episodes!

Corvette Funfest 2013 hits Corvette Nation in 2 episodes!

There was so much action at Corvette Funfest 2013 that Corvette Nation is making it into 2 EPISODES! Set your DVR for Part 1 on Friday , Nov. 1st and Part 2 on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 pm E to relive all the fun! Velocity TV’s Corvette Nation hosted by Bill Stephens and Maria Prekeges will be focusing two entire episodes on Corvette Funfest 2013. Watch Corvette Nation on Friday evenings, 7:00pm E / 4:00pm P, with a rebroadcast at 2:00am E / 11:00pm P, starting on Friday, September 13th, 2013. Don't miss it!

Bachman and Turner Concert

Bachman and Turner Concert

A time lapse video of the Funfest Amphitheater filling up for the Saturday Night Bachman and Turner Concert for Corvette Funfest 2013. Bachman and Turner Time Lapse Video

Corvette Funfest 2014 Friday Night Charity Event!

Corvette Funfest 2014 Friday Night Charity Event!

Friday night was the annual Corvette Funfest Charity Event, where automotive guests and locals came together to support two great causes. Mid America Motorworks introduced the David R. McLellan Engineering Endowed Scholarship to benefit mechanical engineering students at McLellan’s alma mater, Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit TREC, Trail Recreation Effingham County.

Corvettes and Music – a Winning Combination

Corvettes and Music – a Winning Combination

Registered guests at Funfest are treated to a headlining concert Saturday evening at no additional cost. From “1964 The Tribute,” a Beatles tribute band in 1996 to legendary acts such as the Beach Boys, REO Speedwagon, The Guess Who and more, the Saturday night concert is sure to please. Last year, more than 9,000 guests rocked out with World Classic Rockers, a conglomerate of band members from Lynryd Skynrd, Boston, Santana, Journey and Steppenwolf!

Start Your Engines

Start Your Engines

Corvette Funfest kicks off with the Thursday Night Fun Run and Downtown Party. 500 Corvettes stream through the countryside on a leisurely drive that ends in historic downtown Effingham. The Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts a Downtown Street Party where Corvette enthusiasts experience Effingham hospitality first-hand! From giveaways and prizes to live entertainment and food, it’s a great start to the weekend!

Corvette Nation TV Series Filming at Corvette Funfest

Corvette Nation TV Series Filming at Corvette Funfest

Goin’ Mobile Video Productions, producers of the new, original TV series titled “Corvette Nation” will be filming at Corvette Funfest 2013. Mid America Motorworks is a presenting Sponsor for the series. . “Corvette Nation” will be broadcast on Discovery’s Velocity Channel, starting in September 2013. This 13-episode series revolves around America’s favorite sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most recognized and admired American built sports cars in the world. In addition to showcasing the Corvette through the years, “Corvette Nation” will explore all of the events, stories, folklore, technicians and professional drivers associated with this extraordinary machine. Hosted by Bill Stephens, a Corvette enthusiast himself, and Maria Prekeges, they will introduce each week’s episode from various locations and events around the country. “Corvette Nation” will broadcast on Friday evenings, 7:00pm E / 4:00pm P, with a rebroadcast at 2:00am E / 11:00pm P, starting on Friday, September 13th, 2013.

Scholarship Established Honoring 2nd Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan

Scholarship Established Honoring 2nd Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan

Mid America Motorworks and the Yager family are excited to announce the endowment of a scholarship in the name of Dave McLellan, the 2nd Corvette Chief Engineer and Father of the Corvette ZR1. The David R. McLellan Engineering Scholarship will benefit mechanical engineering students at McLellan’s alma mater, Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. “Dave is not only a friend, but someone I respect for what he has done for the Corvette industry,” said Mike Yager, Founder and Chief Cheerleader of Mid America Motoroworks. “My hope is that this scholarship will get young enthusiasts interested in Mechanical Engineering and be the future of the Corvette hobby.” Mid America Motorworks will honor Dave McLellan at the annual Corvette Funfest Charity Event Friday, Sept. 20th. The Charity Event will be hosted at the MY Garage Museum at Mid America Motorworks’ corporate campus in Effingham, Ill. Highlights of this year’s event include WWII Exhibit, live entertainment, silent auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds of the event will benefit the David R. McLellan Engineering Scholarship. To purchase tickets to Corvette Funfest and the Charity Event, visit www.corvettefunfest.com.

Bloomington Gold on Corvette Nation

Bloomington Gold on Corvette Nation

We are pleased to announce the premier of Corvette Nation on September 13, 2013 featuring the 2013 Bloomington Gold Event! Watch the clip to see highlights of the weekend including Jim Perkins, Reeves Callaway, and Mike Yager in The Great Hall. Regular Episodes air Fridays at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Velocity TV. Keep watching for coverage of Mid America Motorworks and Corvette Funfest 2013. Bloomington Gold on Corvette Nation

Highlights of Corvette Funfest at Mid America Motorworks

Highlights of Corvette Funfest at Mid America Motorworks

Take a look inside Corvette Funfest at Mid America Motorwork's Corporate Campus in Effingham, IL. The World's Largest Corvette Party is a 4-day event filled with a Fun Run Road Tour, Downtown Party, Expert Seminars, Charity Event, Celebrity Choice Judging, Fun Dome, Install Dome, Saturday Night Entertainment and more! Corvette Funfest Highlights

2013 Ultimate Registration is Sold Out!

2013 Ultimate Registration is Sold Out!

New this year, all Corvette Funfest Ultimate Guests will have a unique opportunity to chat with Mid America Motorworks Chief Cheerleader, Mike Yager, and Quality Engineering Manager at Chevrolet’s Bowling Green, KY plant, Tom Hill, as they discuss the past, present and future of the Corvette! Ultimate Guests will join these two industry icons around Yager’s bowtie shaped pool for an intimate and personal conversation about what we all share a passion for–CORVETTES!

Corvette Funfest 2013 Friday Night Charity Event!

Corvette Funfest 2013 Friday Night Charity Event!

Join us Friday, Sept. 20 for our annual Corvette Funfest Charity Event! This year, the exciting event will take place in the MY Garage Museum and will recognize a distinguished guest of honor within the Corvette industry. We will also be paying special recognition to our own Chief Cheerleader, Mike Yager, as 2013 marks a Milestone Celebration – 20 years of Corvette Funfest, 40 years of Mid America Motorworks and 60 years of the Corvette. Proceeds will be presented to a surprise beneficiary that will promote youth involvement in the Corvette hobby. TREC, Trail Recreation Effingham County, will once again be a recipient of a portion of the proceeds. Highlights of the charity event include our WWII Exhibit, live entertainment, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a Silent Auction.

Celebrities at Corvette Funfest

Celebrities at Corvette Funfest

Mid America Motorworks is excited to welcome John Kraman, Consignment Director for Mecum Auctions, the largest collector car auction company and world’s largest seller of Corvettes, to Corvette Funfest 2013! John also acts as a commentator/analyst on the company’s live TV broadcast, Mecum Auto Auctions, Muscle Cars and More and on Velocity by Discovery where he discusses market conditions, values and trends.

How Powerful is Your Corvette?

How Powerful is Your Corvette?

New at Corvette Funfest, we will be offering Chassis Dyno Runs to measure your Corvette’s horsepower and torque! Roll your Corvette up on the Dynamometer and take 2 acceleration pulls to see if your Corvette has what it takes to be the most powerful at Corvette Funfest 2013! All runs include HP and TQ Printouts!

Make Your Mark on the Funfest Pit Wall!

Make Your Mark on the Funfest Pit Wall!

Make your permanent mark at Corvette Funfest by purchasing a personalized commemorative brick on our Funfest Walk of Fame. Located just off of Funfest Boulevard, your brick will tell all of our guests of your car’s celebrity status. The bricks are available in 2 sizes making them perfect to show off your Corvette, your Corvette Club or give one as a one of a kind gift! Order by 8/1 to guarantee the brick is ready at Corvette Funfest! Special order your brick today by calling 800-500-1500.

XP-819 on Display at Corvette Funfest 2013

XP-819 on Display at Corvette Funfest 2013

If you missed XP-819 at Amelia Island or Bloomington Gold, you will have another chance to see the drivable chassis at Corvette Funfest! The XP-819, which is in the middle of a complete restoration by Kevin Mackay and Corvette Repair Inc, was developed in the mid 1960s as an engineering exercise to test a rear engine concept for the Corvette. The body was designed by Larry Shinoda. You can see styling cues in XP-819 that later appeared in Shinoda’s famed “Sting Ray” design. Make sure to check out this piece of Corvette history at the show!

Announcing Bachman & Turner as the Saturday Night Concert at Corvette Funfest!

Announcing Bachman & Turner as the Saturday Night Concert at Corvette Funfest!

Following a tradition of headlining entertainment, Mid America Motorworks welcomes Bachman & Turner to perform at the 20th Annual Corvette Funfest on Saturday night, Sept 21st! Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, two giants of rockin n’ roll, will have Funfest guests singing along to hits such as, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” “Taking Care of Business,” and “Hey You” in our 14,000 seat Funfest Amphitheater on Mid America Motorworks Corporate Campus, Effingham, IL.

GM Ladies Garage: New Seminar for Ladies Only

GM Ladies Garage: New Seminar for Ladies Only

We know that the Corvette hobby welcomes many women who are owners, collectors and enthusiasts, which is why we are excited to bring Corvette representatives from GM to present a seminar just for you! Program Planning Manager for the Corvette Team at GM, Barbara Armbruster, and her team will present a workshop entitled “Ladies Garage” that will go into detail about Frame Review, The Driving Experience, The Making of the 2014 Corvette and Fun Features. Although they are talking about all these elements in context of the 2014 Corvette, many apply to the C6 and other vintage Corvettes so there will be something for everyone!

Update: Fall Swapfest is Joining Corvette Funfest

Update: Fall Swapfest is Joining Corvette Funfest

To benefit our customers and our swappers, we have decided to join Fall Swapfest and Corvette Funfest Sept. 19-22! Sellers will have a bigger crowd to sell to and buyers have more variety to choose from! Finish out show season right and buy, sell or swap all brands of automotive parts, accessories and memorabilia. To keep the real swap meet feel, only private sellers are allowed; commercial vendors will not be permitted. All items offered for sale must be automotive parts, accessories, or memorabilia for any type of enthusiast auto, including Chevrolet, Ford, Mopar, Hot Rods, Street Rods, Muscle Cars, and of course Corvettes and Classic Volkswagens! Sellers: Register before August 1st for a 20' x 20' exhibit space at the bargain price of $30 for 4 days of swapping! After August 1st, the price will increase to $40. Reminder: If you would like the perks of registering for Corvette Funfest – including a t-shirt, concert tickets, yearbook, goody bag and more – please register for the event separately.

An In-Depth Braking Workshop with the GM World Class Certified Technician

An In-Depth Braking Workshop with the GM World Class Certified Technician

Join Paul Koerner (Corvette Mechanic and GM World Class Certified Technician) and Brittany George (Corvette Technician) for an exciting new hands-on learning experience. You will have the opportunity to get up close and personal observing a Corvette on a lift, wheels off, as we discuss and dissect every aspect of the Corvette braking system. There is no better way to learn than having a Corvette right there in front of you, with answers to every question you may have as Paul and Brittany share more than 17 years of combined General Motors training and experience!

The Lemon Brothers Band to Entertain During the Country Buffet

The Lemon Brothers Band to Entertain During the Country Buffet

New to Corvette Funfest Mid America Motorworks is welcoming The Lemon Brothers Band to entertain guests while they enjoy the country buffet! The Lemon Brothers Band, a rockin' young band from the Wabash Valley, will be playing on the Funfest Small Stage Saturday night, before the Bachman & Turner concert! The Band's talent of playing music and singing began at the early age of four, and they continue to play with a lot of natural groove and enthusiasm. Their musical tastes range from classic rock, country rock, and gospel blues. The country buffet, catered by Niemerg’s Steakhouse, is a local favorite. This family style meal will include delicious fried chicken, pulled pork BBQ, and all the trimmings.