This free, family fun event is scheduled for Sunday, July 21, 2024 at Pierce Park in Appleton.  
The Appleton Old Car Show and Swap Meet is considered one of the largest free car shows in the Midwest. The first event, which at the time was called the Appleton Area Jaycees' auto show and swap meet, was in 1977. It began when 4 friends: Bob Pintarelli, Jim Buchman, Pete Lamensky and Jerry Treleven — classic car owners with car show experience — put their heads together to create a new event in Pierce Park. They'd been inspired by a car show in Princeton, Minnesota and thought they could start something in Appleton. They solicited input from car collectors and enthusiasts and determined that a free show in a beautiful setting with excellence at its heart was in order. Pierce Park was selected.
The first show attracted 316 cars and 16 vendors, and by the fifth year, grew to over 1,000 cars. In 1982, the Kiwanis Club of Appleton-Fox Cities became the show’s sponsor and has remained and an involved partner ever since.
 
By being a major sponsor of the Appleton Old Car Show and Swap Meet, the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club leaves a legacy for the community; by bringing permanent enhancements in Pierce Park, providing an inexpensive, family-friendly community event. The Kiwanis Club has a reputation for excellence and dependability with events management and has helped sustain the Midwest’s largest free car show that annually draws over 10,000 people and has nearly 1,200 cars on display.
 
The car show is presented cooperatively by: Appleton Old Car Club, Inc., Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis, Fox Valley Street Rod Association, Packerland Region Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, and Hope Riders Equestrian Drill Team.
The car show will once again provide a food truck rally format where attendees can enjoy a variety of foods and treats. Invited food trucks include:
  • ABC Pig Roast
  • Big Bar Ice Cream
  • Boy Scout Popcorn & Nacho Stand
  • Fox Valley Kettle Corn
  • Funtime Enterprises Snack Trailer
  • Geno's Bakeshoppe
  • Kiwanis Pizza by the Slice Stand
  • Kona Ice Fox Cities
  • Legendary Gyros
  • Lue Vue's Funnel Cakes/Egg Rolls
  • On The Fritz Concessions
  • The Almond Tree & Fresh Lemonade
  • Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice
  • The Dog House
Beverages include coffee, soda, beer, lemonade, shaved ice, Thai Iced Tea, Thai Iced Coffee and water. All items are priced with the family in mind and something for everyone.
 
Event Activities and Schedule
The Old Car Show, Special vintage car collections, Vendor Sales, Swap Meet, Judging/Voting and Awards, Food and Beverage Concessions, and $5 gas card raffle sponsored by Kobussen Buses, Ltd.

Show Schedule
6:00 a.m. Vendor Set-up, Concessions Set-up and Preparation
8:00 a.m. Show Car Registration Opens
1:00 p.m. Show Car Voting Closes
2:00 p.m. Vehicle Entry Closes
3:30 p.m. Miller Electric Company Welder Drawing
3:45 p.m. Show Car Award Presentations
4:00 p.m. Show Closes