Iola’s July 3rd fireworks and Tastes & Tunes of Iola-Scandinavia have been cancelled

The Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce has cancelled two of its summer events: the annual fireworks display, raffle, and ball games at Taylor Field in Iola on July 3, and Tastes & Tunes of Iola Scandinavia, July 17-18, held at more than a dozen venues throughout the two communities.

The decisions came after discussing the events with Chamber officers and event committee members, village police and fire chiefs, and the Waupaca County Health & Human Services Department. Concern for the safety and health of volunteers, shop owners, attendees, and entertainers factored into the decisions.

This is the first time ever that the fireworks have been cancelled. Tastes & Tunes, in its third year, had storms, tornadoes and power outages to deal with last summer.

Possible alternative fall event options are being looked at by the Chamber, depending on the COVID-19 situation as summer progresses. Residents are asked to stay informed by following the Iola-Scandinavia Chamber on Facebook.

It is with a heavy heart that I have the unfortunate duty of announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Iola Car Show and Swap Meet.  After careful deliberation, and with the best information available at this time, the Board of Directors and Iola Car Show Team have made this decision feeling it is the only responsible option.

The monumental task of producing this world class event is heavily dependent on the thousands of volunteers who aid in this effort.  We simply cannot produce the show without the ability to ensure the safety, confidence, and comfort of all involved – and everyone’s safety is our top priority.  It is also impossible to predict what measures and mandates may be relaxed or removed by the time of the show. 

We fully recognize that the loss of this event will put many of the 130 organizations who depend on our show for financial support, and Iola Old Car Show, Inc. itself in a very difficult financial position.  Furthermore, we are very aware that many of our swap vendors, who are a cornerstone of the event, have had much of their season of commerce fully disrupted if not destroyed.  It is for that reason that we have now shifted gears from preparing for the 48th Annual Iola Car Show event into preparation for alternative festivities.

The unfortunate announcement of cancellation will also serve as the announcement of the first ever Rally for Iola.

Planning for the Rally is under development and will include a drive through the show grounds and street cruise, scheduled for July 11th.  Not only is this the scheduled Saturday of the show, it’s also National Collector Car Appreciation Day.  This event will allow everyone the opportunity to safely celebrate and enjoy key elements of the historic show, while providing essential support to help preserve the organization through these difficult times. 

Additionally, while the traditional show is cancelled, we are only postponing the swap meet and flea market features of the event at this time.  We hope as the summer progresses, we will be able to select dates that allow our swap vendors and shoppers the opportunity to gather and do business later this summer or fall.  Those dates will be selected as more information becomes available.

Our offices will be sending out notices to preregistered exhibitors and campers regarding options for carry-overs to 2021, refunds and donations. 

The Scandinavia Booster Club announced they are cancelling the Scandinavia Corn Roast 2020 for the safety of the volunteers, the public who attends the event, the entertainers and the entire Scandinavia community. They plant o make the Scandinavia Corn Roast 2021 the best yet!