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Sussex Village Park
John Moyes paid $100 for
today's Sussex Village Park
How would you like to buy 80 acres for $100?
That's what John Moyes paid back in 1842 for the
80-acre claim that is now Sussex Village Park.
He had it for only a few short years,
however, when he died in 1852, leaving his wife,
Elizabeth, and his 15-year-old son, James, to
work the farm.
The Village of Sussex bought the 78-acre
property from James Moyes' descendants in 1958
for $36,088.19. (The family lost two acres when
the Bug Line Railroad came through the northeast
corner of the Moyes farm.)
I tried for years to find a photo of the
former owner of the park land, James Moyes
(l837-1913). Then in one fell swoop I acquired
several photos of him in 1999 at the three-day
auction of The William Harland Estate on
Duplainville road. Farmer and antique dealer
Harland (1906-1999) left three volumes of Weaver
and extended Weaver family photos, which were
for sale at the event.
Among them was one of Moyes' wife, Mary
Sophie, and their two daughters, Eve and Alice.
By estimating the ages of the girls in the photo
- Eve at about 8 and the older, but diminutive,
Alice at age 14 - the photo can be dated at
Alice had a hard start in life and never grew
into a robust girl. She died of tuberculosis
(called consumption then) April 5, 1892, at 28.
Never married, Alice was an accomplished
seamstress, a job that allowed her to work at
home making dresses for girls and other women.
James Moyes was born May 21, 1837, in
Scotland. The family moved to the United States,
ultimately settling in Lisbon by no later than
At the urging of his Lisbon Presbyterian
minister, James enlisted August 21, 1862, in the
28th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment to
fight in the Civil War.
Ultimately 105 men would serve in the
regiment's Company F, 99 from Waukesha County,
one from Milwaukee and five from Arkansas, once
the regiment arrived there.
Lisbon supplied the regiment with 18 of its
men. Three died in service: Lt. Jeremiah Noon,
Charles McGill and George Fielder.
Surviving with Cpl. James Moyes were George
Bohrmann, Thomas Butler, Ben Cambell, Amos E.
Carpenter, Samuel Couch, Levi L.H. Palmer, Lt.
George Higgins, George Dingedein, John Field,
John Taylor, John Walsh, William Rankin, Sgt.
Alexander Rodgers and Cpl. John Watson.
Moyes was allowed to return to Lisbon the
weekend after his induction to clean up his
affairs - and marry Mary Sophia Weaver, daughter
of Stephen and Phoebe (Maxson) Weaver, on Aug.
Alice was born nine months later on April 26.
Eve was born Jan. 21, 1869, 3½ years after he
was discharged from the army.
His regiment's first assignment was to put
down a draft riot in Ozaukee and Sheboygan
Counties. They then deployed to Arkansas with
the Trans Mississippi Army.
Their biggest engagement was the Battle of
Helena, Ark., on July 4, 1863 - an important but
little remembered battle that occurred about the
same time as the Battle of Gettysburg and the
Surrender of Vicksburg.
The regiment continued to fight small battles
in Arkansas, then in New Orleans, and finally in
the Battle of Mobile, Ala., where the war ended.
Moyes was involved in the capture of the Spanish
Fort, a key element in defeating the
Confederates at Mobile.
After the war he went to Texas to back up the
Mexicans who were encouraged to revolt against
French-installed Emperor Maximilian I. Moyes
received his discharge Aug. 23, 1865, while he
was in Texas.
He came back to Lisbon and lived out the rest
of his life as a farmer, husband and father.
James Moyes died July 31, 1913, and is buried at
Lisbon Central Cemetery.
Eve married a prominent businessman, Joe
Marsden, and their son, Clifford, sold the
family farmland to Sussex for the park.
The village will celebrate the 50th
anniversary of that purchase Aug. 1-3 with a
picnic and festival in the park.
Sussex Village Park is 50 years old
By Fred Keller
Sussex Sun, Posted: Jan. 29, 2008
The year 2008 will be marked by an important milestone in the Village of
Sussex history: the 50th anniversary of the purchase of land for Sussex Village
The first inkling of a possible land purchase came in February 1958 when
Trustee Ray Podolske, the Village Board's public works committee chairman met
with Waukesha County Planner William Nelson.
Nelson, Podolske told the board, had strongly urged Sussex to acquire
centrally located property for a village park quickly, before land prices went
Two people had been prodding him to bring this to the front burner: his wife,
Isabell, the coordinator-director of the village's child recreation programs,
and John P. Kraemer, the "Mr. Everything" of Sussex as head of Mammoth Spring
Canning Co, founder of the Sussex Fire Department in 1922 and leader of the
movement to incorporate Sussex in 1924.
He had also found time to serve for nearly a quarter-century on the Village
Board. He was pushing for a new park in the background, and would eventually
serve on the first Sussex Park Board.
The progressive leadership of Sussex Village President Roy Stier also played
an important role.
Both Kraemer and Stier had been members of the Sussex Lions Club since its
founding in 1939 (by Kraemer, among others), and both had served as its
Another reason the village was considering the acquisition of parkland was
that Sussex Main Street School was about to take over the only parkland the
village had at that time, the plot behind the school, which now forms the
parking lot for Pauline Haass Public Library and Elsie Mae Weyer Park.
That parkland had served as the site of community softball games and the Land
O' Lakes baseball field, but the school district wanted it for the Main Street
and Orchard Drive School playground.
The district paid the village $8,000 for the land, with the proviso that the
village could use the hardball field for two to three more years until the
village found an alternate site.
Surreptitiously, the Sussex Village Board put together a parkland acquisition
committee headed by Village Trustee Carl Stoper, an accountant at Mammoth Spring
Canning Co., whose ear was already attuned to the wishes of his boss, John
Another committee member, local real estate agem Gordon Schuelke, secretly
looked around to see what land was available and at what cost.
The committee considered a number of parcels and eventually zeroed in on the
old 78-acre Moyes-Marsden estate at the western boundary of Sussex, which was
then Roland Kufalk's tenant farming land.
It was very poor farmland by then because the tenants' less-than-ideal farm
practices had allowed its topsoil to be flooded down to the lowlands. A
prevailing community joke said that if a sparrow flew across that land, it would
die of starvation before it got to the other side.
In August 1958, the Village Board announced that they had settled on
purchasing the 78 acres for about $36,800, a little over $470 per acre. Only 20
acres was within the village borders. The rest of it had to be annexed to the
village from the Town of Lisbon. The closing date was set for Oct. 1, 1958.
Dissent began, however, once the Village Board's plans became public. Some
village residents collected 215 signatures - a potential majority of eligible
voters in this community of 800-900 people - on a petition to stop the village
from buying the land.
A meeting to protest the purchase attracted 32 residents, who told the
Village Board that 78 acres was too much land for a village park, it wasn't even
within the village borders, it cost too much to acquire, and it would cost too
much to develop.
"Tax burdens are getting pretty bad, and if we have to build a high school
(the proposed Hamilton High School) our taxes may double," said Chester
Rowlands, a new Sussex resident on Sunset Drive.
A petition challenged the right of the Village Board to purchase the land for
the park without first consulting the village residents through a referendum.
Village Attorney Ken Luce scotched that idea, however, when he told the
board, "The petition has no legal force or effect. The board is not compelled to
call for a referendum."
The Village Board mulled the opposition, and Trustee Carl Stolper, also a
longtime Lions Club member, came up with a response defending the purchase:
"The purchase is a good investment. We hope that in 10 years this will be
looked on as one of the wisest moves of the present board. We do not need 78
acres for a park right now, but perhaps in the future we will."
Stolper said the village could use money from the sale of the land to the
school district and the sale of the old Lisbon Town Hall site (today's Sussex
Family Practice) to offset the $36,800 purchase price, and also held out that a
piece of the parkland could be sold.
(The Sussex Fire Department and Sussex VFW ultimately located on that piece
of land and Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church took a few more acres off Weaver
In the end, all seven members of the Sussex Village Board voted to approve
Once acquired, Village Park became a community project as civic groups
stepped forward to enhance it bit by bit The Land O'Lakes baseball team built a
field with its money and donations of labor and money from individuals and
community groups. The Sussex Lions Club furnished a concession stand for the
The first big community event was the Olde Engine Show in August 1961.
Founded in 1959, the Antique Engine Club held its first two shows on Springfield
Road in Brookfield. It moved the show to Village Park's north diamond kettle
area in 1961 and has called the park home ever since.
The club's show this summer will celebrate both its own and the park's 50th
anniversary, which will also be the theme of that season's Sussex-Lisbon Area
Historical Society Museum exhibit.
The Sussex Lions Club joined the Olde Engine Show for several years, but
decided to build its own program with the first Lions Daze in 1967. The Antique
Engine Club built one major structure that is also used by the village and the
Once the Lions starting holding their own events in the park, they began a
building program that includes the park's tennis courts, open-air pavilion, the
Lions Building, the softball diamond and the Lions storage building. The club is
now looking into putting up another building in the park.
The Sussex Jaycees put in the concession stand and Village Park crew
equipment storage building next to the softball diamond.
Since Village Park's beginnings in 1958, the village has added 12 more parks
to fullfill its part of the village plan requiring all subdivisions to be within
walking distance of a park.
Some years after the park was purchased, Stolper bought a lot next to the
park and walked the park, his big backyard, almost every day for the rest of his
life. As he strolled through the park, he always looked for stray trash to pick
"It's my park," he said. "I gotta keep it clean."
Sussex celebrates Village
The village staged a Village Park
50th-anniversary party this weekend.
The village staged a Village Park
50th-anniversary party this weekend.
The three-day event offered an outdoor movie,
music in the Sussex Lions open-air pavilion,
food and beverages from a variety of community
vendors, a Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce wine
tasting party, a Land O’ Lakes baseball game, a
farming history display at the Sussex-Lisbon
Area Historical Society, a golf hole-in-one
contest, raffles, a variety of booths that
promoted wellness and exercise, bingo, a
softball tournament and a dunk tank featuring,
among others, Hamilton School Board President
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department’s
Sussex and Lisbon deputies and the town and
village fire departments also displayed their
equipment, along with the county’s canine corps.
Saturday morning’s 5K Fun Run drew a record
179 participants, just about double the usual 80
to 100 runners who participate in the annual
Sussex Lions Club event.
Former Hamilton distance runner Ben Orvold of
Sussex, now a runner for University of
Wisconsin-Parkside, took first place with a time
of 15:49. The top overall female runner was
Lauren Rein of Pewaukee, who came in at 21:32.
Children enjoyed a variety of events for them
only: a mini fun run, moon wa1ks and an Action
on Kids show.
The Village of Sussex subsidized the event,
which is expected to raise seed money for a
proposed electronic sign at the Weaver Drive
park entrance that will advertise upcoming
events in the park.
Sussex now boasts 16 parks, including the
Waukesha County Bug Line Recreational Trail (the
other 15 are village-owned). Village policy
includes the goal of having a park within
walking distance of each subdivision.
The village paid $36,083.19 to buy the
78-acre Marsden-Moyes farm for the park in 1958.
Today Sussex Village Park is worth many
millions of dollars.
The village sold a few parcels of the
property to the VFW and Faith Lutheran Church to
help defray the cost, which reduced the parkland
to about 75 acres.
Part of the land purchase also provided the
site for today’s Sussex Fire Department, whose
expansion will soon provide police headquarters
for Sussex, Lisbon and Merton.
The park has provided a community center for
such events as Hamilton High School’s homecoming
week, the Antique Engine Show, Lions Daze, the
British Car Show, flag football for elementary
school students, Land O’ Lakes baseball, Sussex
softball leagues, youth baseball leagues and a
nine-hole disc golf course.
Villagers bury time capsule in Village Park to celebrate first
land claim in 1836
By Fred Keller
Sussex Sun, Posted: June 25, 2008
The 150th anniversary of Sussex’s beginnings in Sussex Village Park was
celebrated Oct. 25, 1986, ending with the burial of a time capsule, to be opened
50 years later, at the bicentennial celebration in 2036 – 28 years from now.
This year the village is commemorating the 50th anniversary of its purchase
of the land that became Village Park in 1958 for $36,088.19. The village will
stage a three-day birthday party Aug. 1-3. Interested people, and potential 2036
time capsule openers, will be taken to the burial spot so that at least some
people will be around who remember its location.
The exact location is about 30 feet east of the southeast corner of the
park’s Weaver Drive entrance, west of the tree and shrub plantings behind the
triangular park event sign boards. The heavy-duty bronze plate reading “Time
capsule to be opened in the year 2036, Buried Oct. 25, 1986, by the
Lisbon-Sussex Sesquicentennial” is bolted to the concrete cap of the buried
Sussex and Lisbon joined forces in 1986 to stage a yearlong event to honor
Thomas S. Redford (1818-1903), who claimed 160 acres just west of Town Line Road
and bisected by today’s Silver Spring Road on May 15, 1836, shy of his 18th
birthday. The claim indebted him for $200 ($1.25 per acre). This first land
claim in the Town of Lisbon was followed by a rush of other claims behind
Melinda Weaver also graced the year’s festivities. Arriving 10 months after
Redford, on March 4, 1837, she was Lisbon’s first woman settler. She lived on a
Weaver family claim around Maple Avenue, bisected today by Clover Drive.
The yearlong affair’s official name was the Lisbon-Sussex Sesquicentennial
1836-1986. Lisbon appointed former Town Chairman and then Town Board member Art
Manke to co-chair the events with Sussex Village Trustee Carl Senger.
As the year progressed, commemorative items were manufactured, including
T-shirts, a limited run of 150 ceramic plates, beer mugs, brass pins and several
sesquicentennial signs and bumper stickers.
The time capsule, itself, was a full-sized burial vault donated by A.A.
Schmidt Funeral Home. According to the firm’s Terry Marcou, the vault was
guaranteed not to break or leak for 50 years after burial..
Schoolchildren were encouraged to write letters to future grandchildren,
children and themselves for burial, so the 2036 capsule opening will be
something of a homecoming for all those youngsters of 1986, who are about 29 to
40 years old now.
Here’s a partial list of the items that went into the capsule: a series of
local history books, including the “The First 150 Years” (of Lisbon-Sussex);
sesquicentennial celebration tickets; that year’s Greater Milwaukee telephone
books; a complete set of the first 10 months of that year’s Sussex Sun; special
sections of the Waukesha Freeman, Milwaukee Journal and Menomonee Falls News
noting the event; Hamilton High School football and basketball programs; stacks
of letters from the public and local students; political bulletins, local
business advertising, a Tiddly Winks game, a Sussex-Lisbon Jaycees hat, a
Hamilton yearbook, letters from the Sussex Friends of the Library; a Hamilton
student handbook, video and music recordings; financial advice from Mammoth
Spring Canning Co.; letters from the Sussex Teen Club; local, state and national
maps; Lisbon and Sussex ordinance books;, J.C. Penney catalogs; local calendars
(for the advertising); toys; Coke and Pepsi bottles; church bulletins; a
Templeton Middle School yearbook; political pins; Sussex Fire Department
memorabilia; a Town of Lisbon tax roll, a Quad/Graphics yearbook – in all, more
than 88 inventoried items.
I put in a beer can bank filled with pennies, myself, with a letter to give
to my then just-born grandson, Jimmy Fred Keller. He has been advised that he
has to be present in 2036 to get the letter and pennies that I left him. Today
he is 22 and a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School
Podolske playground, Sussex
During the Sussex Lions Daze Festival in
1992, the lower playground of Sussex Village
Park was named for a family important to both
Sussex and the park. The Podolske family was
well-known in Sussex from 1915 until the late
1980s when the members moved away.
The Sussex Park Board recognized the
contribution of the extended Podolske family and
authorized the lower playground to be named the
"Podolske Playground, George, Ray, Isabelle
Podolske." A historical marker and naming sign
was put up courtesy of the Sussex VFW, Auxiliary
and the Sussex Lions Club. It has been moved
slightly over the years, and today it is on a
playground fence facing the entrance to the
south. The remaining Podolske family members who
formerly called Sussex home gathered for the
dedication of the marker in July 1992.
When Isabelle Podolske died in 1983, there
was a discussion by the Sussex Park Board during
one of its monthly meetings to consider naming
the Village Park lower playground after her. The
idea was forgotten until former park board
leader Terri Bernhardt remembered the extended
conversation and contacted current members of
the board to reconsider, so there would be some
way to honor the Podolske family for their
contributions to the community and the park.
Bernhardt's memory was jogged by the Nov. 25,
1991, death of Isabelle's husband, Ray.
At the recent Sussex Lions Daze celebration,
many children played on the lower park toy
complex just off Weaver Drive, between the
softball field and the upper park open-air Lions
shelter building. The kids were attracted to the
estimated $70,000 worth of playground equipment
that fills the semi-fence-protected area, also
heavily shaded by massive trees. At one time,
this area was the edge of a big swamp that
covered what is the lighted diamond, central
field and adjacent lower parking lot today.
The park, once 78 acres, was purchased in
1958 by the Village of Sussex for about $37,000
and slowly became a major park for Sussex. The
development was initially on the northern part
around the "kettle" and then the hardball field.
In 1974-75, many organizations such as the Lions
and Jaycees and softball enthusiasts organized
to build a lighted softball diamond using a lot
of volunteer labor and equipment. At first, the
field was only 275 feet from the home plate to
the snow fence. However, in later developments
it was pushed out to a 10-foot chain link fence
at a near uniform 300 feet.
With the development of the softball field
with lights, there was a need to have a
playground close enough so that children and
parents could see each other. Oftentimes, the
playground is the central hub of activity for
kids attending Lions Daze, while parents sit on
nearby benches or park tables to recharge their
George Podolske was born in 1892, moved to
Sussex in 1915, and married his wife Laura in
1916. Their son, Ray, was born in 1917, and he
married Isabelle Benson, a girl from across Main
Street, in 1945. Their four children became part
of the fabric of Sussex as they grew up. Their
son Larry, the last remaining child, is the
director of the current Sussex baseball club
that shepherds the local Sussex Cardinals Land
O' Lakes baseball team, even though he does not
was discussed in
efforts in 1983
to recognize the
resulting in the
history of the
they were so
important to the
to Sussex in
1915 to do tin
work at the new
Store on Main
Street. A short
time later he
started a tin
across from the
became a fixture
operating for 51
George was a
of the Sussex
serving for 33
years. He was
first in 1923
then again for a
second term in
The very same
started the fire
to combine and
Templeton as the
was one of the
behind this, and
one of the 16
serve for many
years on the
Board as a
He was also a
member of the
Lodge. In 1939
he was one of
members of the
Club and served
as its second
years, he was a
of the Sussex
Golden Agers who
evolved into the
Club, serving as
the son of
He was born and
Street grade and
School in 1935.
War II, he was
in the U.S. Army
Air Force as an
as a navigator
of a B-17
plane was shot
Germany, and he
prisoner of war
for 18 months.
He married a
on July 18,
1945, only weeks
after he was let
out of the
of war stockade.
Sussex, he took
up his life work
as a plumber at
He helped found
VFW Post 6377 in
1946, and he is
of the three
continued to be
a member for 45
the Sussex Fire
was a member for
for over a
decade. He was
several terms as
he was chairman
of the Sussex
Ray made the
piece of land
for a park. This
acted on by the
Roy Stier. In
August 1958, the
78-acre farm was
Village Park for
the sum of
Podolske one of
the seven voting
was a unanimous
by more than 200
to the park
Ray served as
wife of Ray,
came to the
with the influx
of Swedish stone
the late 1920s.
Benson was cared
for by her
father until his
death at an
early age. Her
Morgan took her
in as her
lived across the
street from her
in a home where
Bank is today.
She lived from
Red Cross letter
to Red Cross
letter when her
was captured in
late 1943. Soon
release from the
German POW camp,
Isabelle and Ray
were married and
Ralph and Janet.
in the local
served for many
years on the
Sussex Park &
board, rising to
the rank of
is credited with
starting many of
are part of the
and at the state
level in the
form the Gray
at Maple Avenue
In 1951, she
member of the
At the time
of her sudden
death, she was
the Sussex area
on the State
buried in St.
Lions, VFW and
paid for the
Elaine and Larry
the very first
was part of the
class that sent
a team to the
Janet being a
of the group.
Earlier she had
been a key
and Bugle Baton
left with Sussex
ties is Larry,
who is a
director for the
Club's Land O'
Lakes team. A
few years ago
his son, David,
for the Sussex
team until an
An article in
the Feb. 18
issue of the
Park to Sussex
Lions Park. He
has not, in
fact, taken a
position on the
Sussex rejects bid
to rename Village
New entrance sign
Lions Club name
Sussex – -
Sussex – Village
Park will not
request from the
Club on a 5-2
vote, but also
the new $30,000
the Lions are
donating for the
park entrance at
club's name in
approval of the
name change from
the Sussex Park
that turned up
42 who favored
the name change,
24 who opposed
it and 18 who
Wegner, who is
also a Lions
objected to the
votes with no
appear to come
out as a 42-42
who also sits on
the Park Board,
come up with a
for or against
the idea, but
just to see if
on the issue or
way or the
draw any great
it," she said.
At least one
opponent of the
name change also
objected to the
process – not
Board's, but the
like the way
who ousted him
from the village
presidency in an
"The place to
discuss this is
at a Village
he said, "not
try to take his
old post back
in the April
Erik Olsen said
the club needed
the park would
provide to help
members to the
Monday, he said
they decided not
to (rename the
we've done for
the village and
the park over
"We used to
do things behind
the scenes for
the first 60
years or so
we've existed –
was enough in
those days – but
if we continue
to do things
that way, we'll
Sussex Hawks want fee policy changed
Baseball group wants free practice on park diamonds
Village of Sussex – Dave Kotlan of the Sussex Hawks Baseball Organization doesn't think the village is treating his group fairly when it comes to using Village Park's baseball diamonds for practice.
Kotlan thinks his group's teams should be allowed to use them for free "if we just want to take some kids out to practice."
The Sussex Hawks should have reserved the diamonds back in February when they had the chance, Assistant Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said in a recent interview.
"We asked them back then if they wanted to reserve practice time on the diamonds," he added, "but they said they wanted to save the money."
Kotlan said his organization has not been treated the same way the village treats other groups, he wrote in an e-mail to the Sun.
Megan Sackett, the Sussex Recreation Department's program coordinator, disagreed. "Everyone gets the same policy, unless it's a village-run program, like soccer or T-ball," she said in a recent interview.
The village charges $25 to reserve a three-hour block of time for games or practice, Smith said.
Reservation fees cover 25 percent of the cost of maintaining the fields and other park facilities, he added, with the remaining 75 percent paid by taxes.
Kotlan had hoped the village would change its policy if the April 1 elections had turned out differently.
"I agree with Mike Knapp that the village has become 'fee happy,' " Kotlan said in a recent interview. "We pulled out our parents to vote for him."
Knapp supports the group's position. If they come out to practice, and no one else is using the diamond, they should be allowed to use it without being charged a fee, he said in a recent interview. "That's the way we've always done it," he said.
Lions gear up for third Piston & Rod show
Organizers expect 400-500 cars at Saturday show
Village of Sussex — This weekend is a good time to park in Sussex. No, not at night with the doors closed and windows fogged up but all day Saturday, Aug. 15, during the Sussex Lions third annual Piston & Rod Show in Sussex Village Park. Park your classic beauty, hot rod or tough truck at the park, pop the hood and open the doors so everyone can see what you've got.
Jake Walters who plans to enter two '55 Chevys this year, said the event is a great family experience and an opportunity to show off the hard work he and his father, Jim, have put into the cars. Jake said the two have been working on the 1955 sedan for about four years as a father-and-son project. "It's a good time to have father-and-son talks," Jake said of the time the two have spent together refurbishing the cars.
Walters said he also enjoys the wide-eyed looks from the children at the event.
"The kids will come up and ask if they can hear the cars, take pictures by them and of course, they ask if we do burnouts in them," Walters said. The occasional burnout is also rumored to be spotted at the show.
The Lions' Piston & Rod Show is the only one of its kind in the area, said Walters, noting that because of this, it will likely have 400 to 500 cars. He said it's a great opportunity for car aficionados to get together, show off, answer some questions and just have a good time. Both Jake and Jim live in Richfield but own and operate two Sussex concrete businesses: Gordy's Concrete Pumping Service and Sussex U-Cart. Jake agreed the show is a win-win in that proceeds from the event will go back to charitable efforts through the Sussex Lions.
Rick Vodicka, co-chairman of the Piston & Rod Show Committee, said the event, along with a golf outing slated for September, are efforts the Sussex Lions have recently initiated to help grow funding for the community and even international efforts. Vodicka said the Sussex Lions Club is working with the village to replace the Sussex Village Park sign and is also working with the high school to help fund a new press box.
According to sussexlions.org, the club has contributed $1,009,695 to community, scholarship and other projects throughout the years.
Vodicka said preregistration for the event is up from last year and hopes that is a sign that total participation will increase for the event's third year. The show is open to cars, pickups, motorcycles and semis. "If you've got a motor, we want to see it," Vodicka said. Entry fee is $10 for a number of classes, see sussexlions.org/CarShow/index.htm for registration information.
A swap meet will also be held during the event; the cost of a 10-foot-by-10-foot spot is $25. Call Bill Evers, (262) 538-1117 for information. Vodicka also noted that if you'd like to enter your vehicle in the judging contest, have it there by 11 a.m.
Jake Walters said one of his favorite things about the free family event is the RC car track where youngsters can safely burn some rubber years before they get behind the wheel.
If you go
What: Sussex Lions third annual Piston & Rod Show, with multiple classes of stock and modified cars, trucks, semis and motorcycles. Food, beer and soda will be available.
When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15
Where: Sussex Village Park at Main Street and Weaver Drive
Cost: Admission and parking is free. See sussexlions.org/CarShow/index.htm for registration information