It just looks good enough to eat

Register/Anne Kazmierczak
Steve Robb, power generation superintendent at Iola’s Power Plant, stands beside a giant cake the city will enter in Saturday’s sesquicentennnial homecoming parade. The cake is made of an old oil tank, and frosted with automotive body filler.

For its 150th birthday, Iola is throwing a big party. And it’s serving up a big cake.
The cake in question isn’t the edible kind, though. It’s a large tin float for the sesquicentennial homecoming parade.
“For years, Richard and Lois Burris put it outside of their house in East Lawn every Christmas,” Beth Ann Turner said. But after years of sitting out in the weather, the cake had deteriorated, and hadn’t been seen for a while, she said.
Iola Power Plant crews refurbished the cake, which is built from an old oil tank, said Steve Robb, power generation superintendent.
“It’s very heavy,” he said.
The crew powerwashed the old, cracked coating “and put body filler on it,” to make it appear frosted, Robb said.
“We painted it white and built new flames for the candles out of steel,” he said. They also built a new trailer under it.
The end result? A sparkling bright, giant cake that looks good enough to eat. It will join 36 other floats in Saturday’s parade.
Turner said the city will return it to the Burrises after its jaunt around the square.
Where it ends up after that is a mystery, but Turner said “They were talking about using it out at the new (Grace Lutheran) church on Miller Road.”