Good news, turkeynecks and turkeyneck-adjacent bums: According to its website, Crusherfest is set to return to South Milwaukee on Saturday, October 9, and Sunday, October 10. Crusherfest 2021 will be the long-awaited second installment of the homegrown festival. Crusherfest 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19.

“Cold beer. Food. Music. Live wrestling shows,” reads the website. What more do you want/need?

Crusherfest, of course, is the celebration of South Milwaukee wrestling legend Reggie “Da Crusher” Lisowski. Back in 2019, a life-sized bronze statue of Lisowski was unveiled at the inaugural Crusherfest. The festival/unveiling was the final step of a crowdfunding campaign, launched by Chris Smith in late 2017, that eventually raised more than $40,000 to build the statue. The fest was awesome. The fest was fun. The fest was PACKED.

Crusherfest 2021 will be held near the Crusher statue, at 1101 Milwaukee Ave. in South Milwaukee. It’ll run from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on October 9, and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on October 10. According to the website, there’ll be a bags tournament, a Sunday market, a “Mr. Saloon Contest,” and live music. That live music lineup is…


11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Steve Meisner
2:45 – 5 p.m. – Larry Lynne Band
5:15 – 8 p.m. – Blues Addiction
8 – 9 p.m. – November Criminals


11 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Jeff Winard
2 – 4 p.m. –  The Squeezettes
4:15 – 6 p.m. – David Quinn Band

We’ll have more info on Crusherfest 2021 as it becomes available. Until then, see you at the saloons.

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