Bill gives Iola Car Show new highway signs

Written by Nathan Vine, Stevens Point Journal
A bill requiring the state Department of Transportation to place Iola Car Show signs at several intersections in Waupaca, Portage, and Marathon counties was recently signed by Gov. Scott Walker.
Larry Fechter, managing director for the show, spearheaded the effort after finding a bill would be required due to existing legislation that barred this sort of signage because Iola is located more than five miles from major state highways. The legislation was co-authored by state representatives Kevin Petersen, R-Waupaca,  Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, and Dave Heaton, R-Wausau, along with state senators Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, Luther Olson, R-Ripon, and Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Walker on March 1 in Madison.
The signs will be posted at the intersections of highways 10 and 49 in Waupaca, 29 and 49 in Marathon County, and 49 and 66 in Portage County. The signs will be maintained by the DOT.
The Iola Car Show, which will mark its 44th year when it is held July 7-9, is billed as one of the largest events for auto enthusiasts in the United States. For more information, please visit or find them on Facebook.