Celebrating the sausage Johnsonville Sausage Fest stays as tasty as ever

by Verla Peichl
Review Correspondent


MAKAYLA KLUMPYAN, 2016 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, talks with visitors at the annual Johnsonville Sausage Fest at Laack’s Hall. — Review photo by Verla Peichl MAKAYLA KLUMPYAN, 2016 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, talks with visitors at the annual Johnsonville Sausage Fest at Laack’s Hall. — Review photo by Verla Peichl JOHNSONVILLE — The 2016 annual Johnsonville Sausage Fest — hosted by the Johnsonville Fire Fighters, Laack’s Ballroom and the Johnsonville Hustlers 4-H Club on Sunday, July 10 — was once again big success.

Community residents came in large numbers to support the event, enjoy the good food - and dance a little if they wanted to.

The fundraiser event is important to the Johnsonville Fire Fighters because the proceeds are used to make improvements to the firehouse, buy equipment and do some things without having to ask for help from the Sheboygan Falls Town Board.

The music for the day was provided by High Plains Band, Copper Box, Brian & the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen as well as the Carl Laack Band.


DON AND ROSEMARY VANDENHOUTEN indulge in some sausage during the annual Johnsonville Sausage Fest. — Review photo by Verla Peichl DON AND ROSEMARY VANDENHOUTEN indulge in some sausage during the annual Johnsonville Sausage Fest. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The Flight for Life Helicopter made an appearance and there were plenty of questions, asked and answered, by the pilot and flight nurse. Flight for Life Nurse Kathy Norgel told those in attendance that it only takes 15 minutes for the helicopter to fly from Fond du Lac to the pad at Laack’s Hall.

Norgel also noted that it is often a judgement call made by the first person on the scene of an accident whether the Flight for Life will be called.

That person could be a first responders team, someone from the police department or an EMS unit.

Johnsonville Fire Department Firefighter and Captain Justin Curtiss said that the entire department worked together stuffing envelopes with advance tickets and getting them in the mail.

“We put 10 tickets into each envelope and then the donation would be $10,” said Curtiss, “Often times the ticket recipient will put more than the requested $10 and that extra money is also put towards the fundraising funds and that helps increase the funds.”

Firefighter Jay Johnson and Austin Portschy served as the Johnsonville Sausage Fest Committee chairs.


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