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Funfest for Air Cooled VW 201719th Annual

2900 North 3rd Street Effingham, IL62401
  • 5.3.2017All New 50/50 Drawing

    Funfest, VW, Volkswagen, Air-Cooled All new at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW is a 50/50 Raffle! Tickets can be purchased in advance at the MY Garage Museum and Retail Store or on-site during Funfest for Air-Cooled Volkswagen at the Information Booth!

    Purchase one Raffle Ticket for $1.00 or six Raffle Tickets for $5.00. Winner will receive half of the total proceeds. Updates on the "pot" will be announced throughout the weekend.

    The winning ticket will be drawn and announced on Saturday evening before the Drive-In Movie screening of "Herbie Fully Loaded" begins. Winner need not be present to win; must be 18 years or older to win.
  • 5.2.2017Waterloo German Band

    Funfest, VW, Volkswagen, Air-Cooled Help us welcome the Waterloo German Band to the Small Funfest Stage on Saturday evening at 6:30pm. The band plays with a spirit of ability that only comes from loving what they do, adding true "Gemutlichkeit" to any occasion!

    Dressed in traditional Bavarian fashion, the skilled musicians play on multiple unique, German instruments including the Alpine Horn, which guests will have the opportunity to try their hand at playing!

    The Waterloo German Band will have you up out of your seats and dancing to get the night's festivities started!
  • 5.1.2017Saturday Evening Menu Change!

    Funfest, VW, Volkswagen, Air-Cooled Instead of the usual Country Buffet, this year we will be serving an authentic German meal to fit our Volktoberfest theme. This year's Bavarian Buffet menu will feature German Pork Loin, Bratwurst, German style Red Potatoes, Sauerkraut, Glazed carrots, and Corn Bread with Cherry and Apple Strudel for dessert!
  • 4.30.2017Saturday Night Drive-In Movie

    Funfest, VW, Volkswagen, Air-Cooled This year's Saturday evening entertainment will feature a Drive-In Movie screening of "Herbie Fully Loaded" at the Funfest Amphitheater!

    All Funfest for Air-Cooled Volkswagen guests are invited to drive up or bring lawn chairs and blankets. Sound will be broadcast on loudspeakers and on an FM radio station.

    We are so excited to share the Drive-In Movie screening of "Herbie Fully Loaded" with you!
  • 3.2.2017Mid America Motorworks Welcomes The Big Idaho Potato to Funfest For Air-Cooled VW!

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

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

    The Big Idaho Potato Truck has become a big piece of pop-culture and Funfest for Air-Cooled VW guests will have the opportunity to check it out and even snap a photo with the six ton potato, on Friday, June 2nd.
  • 3.2.2017Kick Off Funfest for Air Cooled VW!

    Kick Off Funfest for Air Cooled VW!

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

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

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

  • 3.2.2017Camp Out Right Here On Funfest Grounds!

    Camp Out Right Here On Funfest Grounds!

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

  • 3.2.2017Win a FREE Dr. Darby Tune Up at Funfest 2017!

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

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


    To be eligible for this prize, you must be a registered Funfest for Air-Cooled VW guest. The lucky registered Funfest guest will be randomly selected in a drawing held during the Saturday Night Entertainment at the Funfest. The winner must be present to win and must be a registered Funfest for Air-Cooled VW guest. 
  • 2.24.2017Funfest for Air-Cooled VW - Ultimate Registration

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

    Ultimate Registration includes:

    • Ultimate Parking Space for the Weekend

    • Admission for one person

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

    • Lead the Friday Evening Fun Run Road Tour

    • VIP Preferred Seating at Funfest Seminars

    • VIP access to Saturday Evening Entertainment

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

    • Complimentary Drinks, Snacks and Meals All Weekend!

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

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

    Please be aware that there are No Refunds for Funfest Registrations. We understand if your plans change and you are no longer able to attend. Ifyou can't make it and would like your goodie bag, please contact us after the close of Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2017 to make shipping arrangements.
  • 2.24.2017Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs - Standard Registration

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

    Standard Registration for Funfest for ACVW includes:

    • Weekend Show Parking at Funfest for one Vehicle

    • Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Awards

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

    • Preferred Seating at Funfest Seminars

    • Saturday Evening Entertainment Pass

    Standard Registration: $25.00

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

    Please be aware that there are No Refunds for Funfest Registrations. We understand if your plans change and you are no longer able to attend. If you cannot make it and would like your goodie bag, please contact us after the close of Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2017 to make shipping arrangements.
  • 2.24.2017Funfest for Water-Cooled VWs - Standard Registration

    Funfest, Volkswagen, VW, Water Cooled, Registration Calling all Water-Cooled VWs!

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

    Standard Registration for Water-Cooled VWs includes:

    • Weekend Show Parking at Funfest for one vehicle

    • Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Awards

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

    • Preferred Seating at Funfest Seminars

    • Saturday Evening Entertainment Pass

    Standard Registration: $25.00

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

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

  • 2.24.2017Funfest for Air-Cooled VW - Club Registration!

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

    Club Registration Includes:

    • Weekend Show Parking at Funfest for one Vehicle

    • Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Awards

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

    • Preferred Seating at Funfest Seminars

    • Saturday Evening Entertainment Pass

    Club Registration: $25.00

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

    Please be aware that there are No Refunds for Funfest Registrations. We understand if your plans change and you are no longer able to attend. If you cannot make it and would like your goodie bag, please contact us after the close of Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2017 to make shipping arrangements.
  • 2.23.20172017 Funfest for Air-Cooled Volkswagen Theme Announced

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

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

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

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

    On-site camping is available and there is a large variety of hotels within close proximity. Register for Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs: Volktoberfest today
  • 7.1.2016Winner of the 2016 Engine Give-Away

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

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

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the Engine Give-Away At Funfest For Air-Cooled VWs!
  • 5.31.2016Scrubby's Pub Offers Drinks, Food and Entertainment Following Friday Night's Road Tour

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

    Scrubby's Pub, in downtown Effingham is the place to be for a cold drink after the Road Tour on Friday Night! Smoked BBQ will be provided by Lickin' My Chicken & Pullin' My Pork, beginning at 4pm. Check out the band Flight Fifty, playing from 8pm-10pm. 
  • 5.12.2016Win a Custom 1776cc Engine at Funfest

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

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

    Registered attendees can earn additional entries for every $100 spent at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW. The lucky registered Funfest guest will be randomly selected in a drawing held during the concert Saturday night at the Funfest Amphitheater. The winner must be present to win and must be a registered Funfest for Air-Cooled VW guest. 
  • 5.6.2016Swapfest at Funfest

    Funfest, Volkswagen, VW, beetle, bug, Swapfest Swapfest is one of our most popular features at Funfest for Air-Cooled VWs. Buy, sell or swap for automotive treasures; including parts, accessories and memorabilia. You'll find everything from Chevrolet and Ford, to Mopar, Street Rods and Muscle Cars. Of course, there will be a special emphasis on Classic VWs and Corvettes! Swapfest is only open to private sellers, giving it that authentic swap meet feel. 20' by 20' booth space is available for only $20. Register today and bring your automotive treasures to Swapfest at Funfest!
  • 5.6.2016Submit Your Nominations for Passing on the Passion and Platinum Bug Awards

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

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

  • 5.4.2016Saturday Night Concert

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

    Volkswagen owners who are registered for the show will receive two tickets with their goodie bag! Join us at the Funfest Amphitheater on Saturday June 4th at 4:30 in welcoming LP & the Honey Bee, Superbad, The Naked Sissy’s, and Skinny Molly! Additional tickets can be purchased here and in the MY Garage Museum. Tickets will also be available for purchase at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW. Don’t miss your chance to see four amazing bands for only $5 at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! 
  • 5.4.2016Funfest for Air-Cooled VW Slalom

    Funfest, Volkswagen, VW, beetle, bug, Slalom

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

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

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

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

  • 4.29.2016Pepsi Fully Loaded

    Funfest, Volkswagen, VW, beetle, bug, Pepsi, Herbie

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

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

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

    Thanks Max, we love your passion!

  • 4.26.2016Fun Run Registration Now Open

    Funfest, Volkswagen, VW, Beetle, Bug Join Several hundred of your closest VW friends on a scenic drive through Effingham County! To ensure safety on the route and ample parking downtown, this year we are asking you to register for the Fun Run. The first 450 VWs registered for the Friday Night Fun Run will receive a dash placard, as well as other goodies specific to the Fun Run. Register today to ensure you're along for the ride!

    The Fun Run ends at the Effingham Courthouse Square, where music and local treats are available to VW enthusiasts. The first Celebrity Choice Awards of  the weekend, including the Mayor's Pick, will also take place at the Downtown Party. The Downtown Party is sponsored by the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau. Register for Funfest and the Fun Run today!

    The Fun Run ends at the Effingham Courthouse Square, where music and local treats are available to VW enthusiasts. The first Celebrity Choice Awards of the weekend, including the Mayor’s Pick, will also take place at the Downtown Party. The Downtown Party is sponsored by the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau. Call or go online today to register for Funfest, and the Fun Run!The Fun Run ends at the Effingham Courthouse Square, where music and local treats are available to VW enthusiasts. The first Celebrity Choice Awards of the weekend, including the Mayor’s Pick, will also take place at the Downtown Party. The Downtown Party is sponsored by the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau. Call or go online today to register for Funfest, and the Fun Run!

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  • 3.23.2016Sunray Funfest: A Corky Kind of Year

    Funfest ACVW, VW Funfest, Corky Yager

    In March, the Yager family and the Volkswagen community said goodbye to an icon, with the passing of Corky Yager. Founder of Dade City, Florida’s Sunray Bugs, Corky was Mike’s older brother and the flame that ignited Mike’s passion for VWs. As Mid America Motorworks prepares to welcome thousands of Volkswagens to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW June 3-5, it seems only fitting that the event should celebrate Corky Yager.

    Sunray Funfest: A Corky Kind of Year kicks off Friday, June 3rd with a Fun Run that leads to the annual Downtown Party on the Effingham Square. Hosted by the Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Party features local food and entertainment, and serves as the first chance for registered guests to receive a Celebrity Choice Award.

    Participants enjoy a whirlwind weekend of special displays, car show, Swapfest, expert seminars, product demonstrations and more. Celebrity Choice Awards take place Friday and Saturday with a brand new presentation style that puts the lucky VW owner and his/her VW on display at the new Winners Wall. Camping, another Funfest tradition, is free on the grounds Thursday through Saturday nights to registered Funfest attendees. The weekend culminates with the Saturday evening concert, where VW lovers are treated to headlining entertainment, rain or shine. 

    Throughout the weekend, the MY Garage Museum & Retail Store will be open and available for self-guided tours. Movie Volkswagens from the Yager Family Collection, including the beloved Herbie cars, will be on display all weekend. The Fun Dome and Install Dome will both be full of activity, from the latest VW fashions and accessories in the Fun Dome, to the best performance and restoration upgrades in the Install Dome. Performance Choice will also be in the Install Dome with a wide variety of Volkswagen interior products.

    Mark your calendars for June 3-5, 2016 to celebrate Sunray Funfest! Register today by visiting registration.funfestacvw.com or by calling 866.350.4539.

  • 12.17.2015Funfest featured in HotRod Hotline

    VW Funfest Fun Run Our friend John "Gunner" Gunnell spent last June with us at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW. Check out his recap and photos of the event in HotRod Hotline!
  • 12.17.2015Everyone Loves Funfest

    VW Funfest Beetle Thanks to our friends at Car Builder Magazine for coverage of 2015 Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! Check out the story and make plans to attend June 3-5, 2016. Registration is now open!
  • 1.15.2015Check Out The Fun Dome & Install Dome

    Check Out The Fun Dome & Install Dome

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

  • 1.7.2015VW Legend Returns to Funfest

    VW Legend Returns to Funfest Mid America Motorworks is thrilled to announce the return of Bruce Meyers to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW. Meyers is fresh off a tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of his creation, the Meyers Manx Dune Buggy. By designing a lightweight dune buggy using fiberglass and a VW frame, Meyers revolutionized the world of off-road racing. Meyers Manx grew in popularity and has become the most copied vehicle in history.
  • 1.5.2015Work-in-Progress Preview 2015

    Work-in-Progress Preview Renowned filmmaker Damon Ristau showed us that the VW spirit is alive and well with his film, "The Bus Movie." He's at it again with a second installment – "The Bug Movie." This film follows the iconic Volkswagen Beetle and its mesmerizing hold on pop culture.
  • 1.4.2015VW Author at Funfest 2015

    VW Author at Funfest Automotive author John "Gunner" Gunnell is attending Funfest for Air-Cooled VW as part of his latest project for Motorbooks. Gunner is creating a Volkswagen encyclopedia of sorts, providing a definitive, all-encompassing volume showcasing the iconic Volkswagen.
  • 1.3.2015Saturday Night Concert

    Saturday Night Concert Funfest for Air-Cooled VW is just around the corner and we couldn't be happier to announce that Country Singer and Illinois native, Drew Baldridge will be taking the Funfest Amphitheater Stage Saturday, June 6th. Growing up, Drew developed a passion for writing, playing and singing his own Country songs.
  • 1.2.2015Funfest Photo Contest

    Funfest Photo Contest Show us your best shot and WIN a Standard Registration to Funfest for Air-Cooled VW 2016! We’re hosting a Photo Contest during Funfest this year, where we see the event through your eyes! Starting Friday, June 5th, you can submit up to 5 photos of Funfest. We’ll post them on our social media after the event and the winner will receive a Standard Registration for next year’s event.
  • 1.1.2015Drawing for $500 Gift Certificate

    Drawing for $500 Gift Certificate Thanks to Condon Skelly Collector Car Insurance, we're giving away a $500 Mid America Motorworks Gift Certificate! Be sure to enter your drawing ticket at the Corporate Booth after you visit Funfest Headquarters! Then check out Condon Skelly's booth for info on insurance starting as low as $95/year!
  • 1.1.2015Herbie at the Downtown Party 2015

    Herbie at the Downtown Party A Volkswagen Herbie will be the featured guest of the Downtown Party at Funfest for Air-Cooled VW! To celebrate the Cars & Stars theme, we’re bringing the most recognizable Bug to kick off the weekend! One of the street VWs from “Herbie Fully Loaded” will be on the Effingham Courthouse Lawn. Check out the movie magic and snap a photo with this Hollywood icon! The Fun Run begins at 4:30 on Funfest Boulevard Friday, June 5th. See you there!
  • 12.31.2014Low Speed Slalom

    Low Speed Slalom

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

  • 7.7.2014The Bug Movie

    The Bug Movie

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

  • 7.7.2014Fun Run & Downtown Party

    Fun Run & Downtown Party

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

  • 7.7.2014Celebrity Choice Awards

    Celebrity Choice Awards

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

  • 7.7.2014Opening Ceremony & Awards

    Opening Ceremony & Awards

    Funfest for Air-Cooled VW kicked off Saturday morning with the Star Spangled Banner at Opening Ceremony. Mike Yager and the entire Yager Family welcomed guests and presented the Platinum Bug and Passing on the Passion Awards to stand-out VW enthusiasts who took the hobby to the next level.

  • 7.6.2014Sweet Sixteen Funfest for Air-Cooled VW – Thank you!

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

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

  • 7.2.2014Fun Dome & Install Dome

    Fun Dome & Install Dome

    From a hands-on demonstration on M Works Car Care to the latest in VW fashion and installs that just wouldn’t stop, the Fun Dome and Install Dome were both full of activity all weekend!

  • 5.5.2014Plan the Ultimate Weekend

    Plan the Ultimate Weekend

    Experience Funfest for Air-Cooled VW in a whole new way - as an Ultimate Guest! Ultimate Registration gives you an all-access pass to Funfest. From the VIP Hospitality area inside the Fun Dome and special Ultimate Parking just steps from all the action, to front stage access with open bar at the Saturday night concert, Ultimate Registration is the only way to make the most of your Funfest weekend! Ultimate Guests enjoy: - Goodie Bag – Event T-shirt, Buyer Card, Lapel Pin, Event Poster & Special Ultimate Guest Gifts - Weekend Ultimate Parking and Admission for 1 Person - Lead the Friday Fun Run & Downtown Party - Weekend Access to VIP Hospitality Area with Free Beverages and Snacks - VIP Access to Saturday Evening Entertainment, Including Open Bar - Limited Number of Hotel Rooms at Our Corporate Rate - VIP Preferred Seating at Funfest Seminars - VIP Interaction with Mike Yager and other VW industry celebrities throughout the weekend - Eligibility for Celebrity Choice Fun Judging - Complimentary meals throughout Funfest weekend

  • 4.22.2014The Lemon Brothers Band to provide entertainment

    The Lemon Brothers Band to provide entertainment

    The Lemon Brothers Band, a rockin' young band from the Wabash Valley, will be playing the Funfest Small Stage during Saturday night's Country Buffet. 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.

  • 5.6.2013Two Time Bonneville Salt Flats World Record Holder Coming to Funfest!

    Two Time Bonneville Salt Flats World Record Holder Coming to Funfest!

    Bill Hatfield’s 1999 Mexican Beetle – known as the Salt Flats Flyer – was the fastest 36HP-based car at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2011 with a 108.325 mph pass for the 36HP Challenge’s DSS36 (dual carbs class) record with a pass of 108.325 mph. In 2012, Bill beat his record with a 114.909 mph pass. Bill will put the breaks on at Funfest long enough to show off his VW as he prepares for a return trip to Bonneville this September.

  • 5.5.2013Low Speed Slalom Back by Popular Demand, Brought to You by EMPI!

    Low Speed Slalom Back by Popular Demand, Brought to You by EMPI!

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