Mason City Host ‘The Great Race’ on June 25, 2016

Mason City will be hosting ‘The Great Race’  on June 25, 2016. Come out to East Park and check out vintage and antique vehicles as well as speaking to the drivers themselves. The race  begins in San Rafael, California and ends in Moline, Illinois while stopping in more than 20 cities, including Mason City – You don’t want to miss out!

Participants of the race will be in a time, controlled-speed,  endurance, competition over scenic public highways and roads. Participants will not only be racing against the clock but each other as well.  The scores will be a result of each team’s ability to follow all designated course instructions precisely.  This race accounts for more than 2,000 miles and over 5 hours – not including stops! WOW!

Great Race 2016 Route

2016 Great Race begins in San Rafael, CA – Moline, IL 

The Great Race event will be held in conjunction with the 11th Annual Cannonball Day festivities.  The arrival ceremony will begin at 12:55pm. The drivers are expected to arrive at East Park between  1pm-3pm on Saturday, June 25 for a checkpoint lunch stop.

About the Vehicles …

Drivers in the race will be arriving in a combination of antique and vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles with body and drive train, built in 1972 or earlier and will be on display. For more information and photos check out their website:

Great Race comes to Mason City, Iowa

Vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles built in 1972 or earlier will be on display

The ‘Great Race’ will be held in conjunction with Mason City’s 11th  Annual Cannonball Day . Activities will take place 9:30am-9:30pm and include Kids Fun Run, pedal tractor pull, Bill Riley Talent search, Inflatables, Smoky the train rides, tours of the Rotary Cannonball, operating model train displays and more. Root beer floats and Cannonball dogs will be served all day. The Mason City Evening Lions will serve their barbecue chicken from 11:00am – 7:00pm, with drive-up or dine-in available. The evening’s entertainment will be by the Bolder Road Band from 5:00pm-9:00pm. For more information about these and other great events taking place in Mason City, visit our online calendar of events.




About visitmasoncityiowa

Mason City, Iowa is best known as the hometown of "The Music Man", Meredith Willson. This charming town also showcases Prairie School Architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and is home to the only remaning hotel in the world designed by Wright. The largest selection of Bil Baird puppets can also be found right here in Mason City, located in North Central Iowa.

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