You read that right, turkeynecks: Crusherfest—the not-quite-annual celebration of South Milwaukee wrestling legend Reggie “Da Crusher” Lisowski—will take 2022 off. The fest will return on June 3-4, 2023.
“The Crusherfest Committee has elected not to hold the event in 2022 due to the City of South Milwaukee’s Bucyrus Commons construction,” explains a press release. “Though the event will not be held this year, the improvements being made in downtown South Milwaukee will greatly enhance the festival in future years.”
The first Crusherfest took place in 2019, and served as an unveiling of a life-sized bronze statue of the hometown wrestler. 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 canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, but took place in 2021.
Downtown South Milwaukee won’t be completely devoid of non-Bucyrus action this summer. The “Music at the Market” series is set to take place there on Thursdays, June 2 – October 6.
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