Iola’s new Main Street bridge opens with a vintage car parade

Iola’s Main Street bridge ribbon-cutting ceremony was held October 13. From left: Iola Car Show Executive Director Assistant Mary Schwartz, WisDOT Project Manager Kyle Tremmel, KL Engineering Senior Project Engineer Jack Laning, KL Engineering employee Kevin Konyn, Village of Iola Trustee Jim Rasmussen, Village of Iola President Joel Edler (with scissors), Village of Iola Trustee Pamela Parks, and Iola Car Show Digital Content Specialist Ali Johnson.

Heralding in a new bridge with vintage cars is appropriate in Iola, home of the Iola Car Show, the Midwest’s largest automotive event. The Main Street bridge that was demolished earlier this summer was built in 1939, so it lasted 80 years.
Village of Iola President Joel Edler cut the ribbon for the new bridge October 13. A small parade of vintage cars owned by local residents, a Village of Iola truck, and an Iola Car Show truck then cruised over the bridge.
First across was a beautiful 1964 Mercury Park Lane Marauder owned and driven by Charlie Thompson of Scandinavia with his wife, Nola, riding shotgun. Charlie saw a similar vehicle win a race in Milwaukee in 1964 and always wanted one. He purchased his in the early 1980s and has been enjoying it ever since.

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