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Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, May 2, 2012
1. Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show Marker
Inscription. The Iola Old Car Show’s birth was a humble one. Its origins date to July 16, 1972, when Chet Krause extended to a couple score area collector car enthusiasts of his acquaintance to attend the 17th annual Iola Lions Club Chicken Roast fundraiser held at the Ingval Olson Memorial Park as his guests. Having enticed them with the offer of two free chicken dinners if they would drive one of their vintage vehicles to the event, this resulted in the display of more than 20 vehicles, including Chet’s pair of vintage Model T Fords. The first “official” show was held on July 15, 1973 — billed as the “Iola Lions Club Antique Auto Festival, Chicken Roast and Donation Auction” – with more than 90 collector cars on exhibit. Launch of the Old Cars newspaper in the fall of 1971 provided Chet’s impetus for the 1972 invitation, stimulated his latent interest in old cars as a hobby, and drove a developmental interest in growing the event, that by 1977 grew into being widely known and now billed as the Iola Old Car Show. In 1976 the event moved to the grounds adjoining the new (late 1975) Krause Publications location at 700 E. State Street, by which time it had grown to include over 500 show cars and 10,000 attendees. Today, it annually attracts more than 125,000 enthusiasts to enjoy more than 2,200 show cars on
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By Paul Fehrenbach, May 2, 2012
2. Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show Marker
Reverse Side
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Erected 2011 by Iola Historical Society. (Marker Number 4.)
 
Location. 44° 30.593′ N, 89° 7.452′ W. Marker is in Iola, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker is on Water Street (County Route G) half a mile east of Main Street (Wisconsin Highway 49), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at Taylor Field in Ingval Olson Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Iola WI 54990, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Iola’s Early History ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Iola Veterans Memorial ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Iola Mills ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Birthplace of Numismatic News ( approx. 0.3 miles away); 1999 Father's Day Fire ( approx. 0.4 miles away); The “Spud Alley” Era ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Iola’s Dr. Loope ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer ( approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iola.
 
Also see . . .  Iola Old Car Show ::. Videos & Photos on this link are worth following its links. Have "Fun" ! ! (Submitted on May 11, 2012.) 
 
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Close up of photo on reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 2, 2012
3. Close up of photo on reverse side
Seventeen vintage vehicles displayed at the 1972 Iola Old Car Show are captured in this Taylor Field Photo at the Ingval Olson Memorial Park.
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By Paul Fehrenbach, May 2, 2012
4. Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show Marker
looking toward Taylor Field
Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, May 2, 2012
5. Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show Marker
looking east along CTH G
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 885 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 8, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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