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JOHNSON CREEK, Wis. -- Motorists with E85-compatible vehicles lined up 20 cars deep at Kwik Trip pumps Monday afternoon as state officials provided
visitors to the station with information on the corn-based fuel while monitoring a fuel-giveaway campaign.
The two-hour educational event coincides with "Clean Air Month," the 100th anniversary of the American Lung Association, and the creation of the 100th E85 fueling station in the state. The first 100 Flex Fuel Vehicle owners who purchased 10 gallons or more of E85 as part of the six events received a $20 fuel card toward their next fill up. Within minutes of the event kicking off more that 17 cars were in line, reported the Watertown Daily Times.
Johnson Creek Kwik Trip Store Manager Kelly Agritz aided drivers in the fueling process, and presenting them with gift cards and T-shirts for their purchase of E85.
"We didn't know what to expect today in terms of turnout," Agritz told the paper. "We are very happy with the way things are going."
Among those on hand were representatives of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, Alice In Dairyland Jill Makovec, and Director of the Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence Judy Ziewacz, who noted that E85 was 86 cents less expensive than conventional gasoline.
"This all has a positive effect on consumers' pocketbooks and the state's economy," she told the paper. "This means we are moving closer to clean air and reduced emissions, and it is a step toward getting off of fossil fuel."
Kwik Trip district leader in Wisconsin, Jeff Witon, told the paper that Kwik Trip is committed to providing E85 at all its new and remodeled stores statewide. "We're based in La Crosse, in a farming area, so this just makes sense to us," Witon told the paper.