Frying up fun

Sausage Fest serves up fun, benefits Johnsonville Fire Department
by Verla Peichl Review Correspondent


A sausage fest needs fryers and doing the frying at the 25th Annual Johnsonville Sausage Fest were (left to right) Dave Thomas, Jeff Meinnert, Chad Curtiss and Fire Chief Richard Herzog. 
— Review photo by Verla Peichl A sausage fest needs fryers and doing the frying at the 25th Annual Johnsonville Sausage Fest were (left to right) Dave Thomas, Jeff Meinnert, Chad Curtiss and Fire Chief Richard Herzog. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The 25th Annual Johnsonville Fire Department Sausage Fest was recently held in Johnsonville.

This event encompassed Laack’s Hall and grounds as well as the Johnsonville Fire Department. It was surrounded by the fire trucks and the air was filled with the smoke from the fryers.

The 25th Annual Johnsonville Sausage Fest had many traditions with a few new twists.

One tradition was the dancing in Laack’s Ballroom led by Molly B. The tent outside the firehouse was filled with tables and chairs where the people came to enjoy their food and listen to KNX and later Copper Box.

A moment of magic happened when KNX closed their segment with the singing of God Bless America. The entire surrounding area of visitors rose to their feet and sang loudly and ended with tears of pride. That was a touching moment.

The food consisted of brats, hamburgers and chicken all served on genuine Sheboygan hard rolls. It was reported that 1,400 brats were made and 220 pounds of hamburger was turned into burgers.

Adding to the feast were baked beans, German potato salad and sauerkraut, all topped off with dessert. Not just one dessert, but more tortes, pies, cakes and ice cream than you could possibly imagine.

The desserts were furnished by the moms of the Johnsonville Hustlers 4-H Club and the youth helped to park the cars.

This entire event was not only enjoyable for new comers, but is a traditional time for many of the locals.

“We’ve come almost every year, at least for lunch,” said Marie Henning. “We come to see the local people is an raised are spent on improving a variety of things for the Johnsonville Fire Department and this year the department contributed towards their new pumper truck.

The Johnsonville Fire Department and the Fire Fighters would like to thank the community for their support in their endeavor to acquire the new engine and thanks goes out to Johnsonville Sausage for their sponsorship.


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