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Weekends are for wandering Wisconsin. That's what Rick, my guy, and I do. Occasionally we wander during the week, too. Sometimes we just drop in on other people's lives.

This blog is my way of sharing where we've been, neat places and things to do that we've found.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cars and Boats and Beer

The 40th Annual Iola Old Car Show occupied the second half of our week’s vacation earlier this month. Once again we stayed at the Waupaca Camping Park – same site, same neighbors as last year.
The view from our camp site - Old Taylor Lake. This lake is not part of the Waupaca Chain O' Lakes.
It was almost too hot to spend much time on the Car Show grounds but Rick managed to go through most of the junk yard (aka Swap Meet). I focused on the theme cars under the tent and the book sale. The selection of books from F&W Media (the company that bought Krause Publications - the location of the car show - a few years back) was limited. There didn’t seem to be anything new – just leftovers from last year.
21st Century Orphans were no longer in production after 2001.

Great color on this Pontiac orphan.
And a great hood ornament, too.

An Oldsmobile no longer made.
Detail that's not on today's cars.

This Nash must be a fun car to drive!

A Model A - or Model T - line-up.
A Chevy Panel Truck - very similar to Rick's but a different year. This
is only the third other panel truck he's seen in the 17 years he's owned his '64.
As the title of this post suggests, there was more than cars. The wooden boat show at Clear Water Harbor included art that floats.
Hand crafted kayaks.
Canoes almost too pretty to put in the water.

Our friend, Laura, met up with us on Saturday at the boat show and then we went back to Iola. Laura had never been to the Car Show so I served as the tour guide. Because the Car Show is so big and can be overwhelming for a first-timer, I was pleased to be able to show my friend the cars that were worth looking at.
A 1954 Mercury concept car - never manufactured. Word under the tent
was that this car sold for $425,00 at auction - a price the owner considered
a bargain!
After the Car Show, we stopped at the Central Waters Brewery in Amherst. It's Wisconsin's first green-powered brewery. We had heard about Central Waters beer on a WUWM (Milwaukee Public Radio) podcast and thought a cool brew would be a good way to end a hot day. We weren't disappointed. I had the Happy Heron Pale Ale – just the right amount of hoppiness for my taste.
Love the tag line for Central Waters. Describes us perfectly!
Before we left on Sunday morning we reserved our site for next year at the campground. However, we'll probably leave on Saturday next year because that will be Rick's second grandson's first birthday. He came into the world this year on Friday, the 13th – a lucky day!


  1. It's a good collection i like it can i purchase it. in car gps

  2. What a nice display of vintage cars it's a genius concept though.

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