Betty Sorenson, Oldsmobile Club of Iowa
July 4, 2012, was a red letter day for the Oldsmobile Club of Iowa, as we were pleased to host the First Indoor Oldsmobile Club of America National Car Show/Swap Meet ever. The indoor venue turned out to be a smart choice, as the 100-plus “temperatures Iowa was experiencing lasted through the week and had many of our attendees grateful for the air conditioning.
We were happy to welcome participants from 35 states, three from Canada and from all corners of the nation including Washington, California, Florida and Maine. Attendees found around 300 cars on display and the judges prepared the difficult task of judging 22 0 of those displayed.
Thursday, the festivities started with a tour group off to visit our Capitol Complex, and Salisbury House, and the exhibition floors opened for visitors who were privy to lots of wiping and swiping to put that final perfect shine on the vehicles. Thursday evening, 143 attendees enjoyed an excellent barbeque buffet.
Friday, another tour group headed off for a day of shopping at Historic Valley Junction and judging began on the exhibition floors. We welcomed visitors and were happy to have 1,500 plus who purchased tickets during the show to view the cars on display. Saturday, another tour group of very brave souls headed out for Living History Farms for a day of outdoor activity in 100-plus temperatures. The exhibition floor was still open for visitors. Also on Saturday morning, we invited local car clubs to bring their cars to a designated parking lot and share their vehicles for all visitors to see.
Saturday night, 329 people enjoyed excellent food and drink as we gathered to celebrate the close of another Oldsmobile Club of America National Car Show/Swap Meet, and present awards to those participants the Judges had selected for special recognition.
This event was given coverage by two local news stations as well as the Des Moines Register (newsprint). We are happy to report that 75 plus new membership forms for OCA were given out in the Information Booth during the show.
We’d also like to express our thanks to the many Iowa Olds Club volunteers (and friends) who worked very hard for several days leading up to the show to ready the Events Center, and handle all the small details that seem to arise in preparation for an event of this magnitude.
We look forward to seeing our many “Oldsmobile friends” in 2013 at our next OCA National in Springfield, Illinois.