continued “Wayne is a true American inside and out, he was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, served in the Navy. He’s a patriot. Every year we do the Pledge of Allegiance and this year we did the National Anthem as well,” Martin said.
The Wayne Stock Music Festival won the Johnsonville Best of US Contest grand prize of $10,000 on June 24 for the category of Community Celebrations, dedicated to special events, parades and festivals. The Best of US Contest is about celebrating those who help make America great. It was created by Johnsonville, the sausage company from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.
“This year we sold more food than ever before by far,” said NCHF board member Cork Nestle who manned the grill during the event. “I have to give a big thanks to Pete’s Ah, Marcia’s Restaurant, Basil & Wick, Gallup Farms, and Johnsonville Sausage — which donated 1,000 pounds of sausage.”
Representing Johnsonville at the festival was Bob Szumloz, business manager for the New York/New Jersey region. Speaking from the stage, Szumloz said he was happy to be representing Johnsonville at Wayne Stock and that his company was proud to be supporting an event that helps so many people. He was presented with a full complimentary set of Wayne Stock VI merchandise.
The last auction of the evening always features the most valuable items and is called the “Rock Block.” It consists of mostly music related items donated by people who Wayne has worked with in some way. The items sold this year included a football signed by Eli Manning for $750, a reproduction Gibson guitar for $450, a vintage 1960 Accordion for $475, and a Meatloaf Bass Drumhead for $250. The most eagerly anticipated item of the event was a Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster 72 Series that was being raffled. It was won by Andy and Bernadette Winter from Thurman.
Reflecting on Wayne Stock VI, Wayne’s mother, Jan Duell, said, “It just keeps getting bigger every year. We have such a large following now that I can barely fathom it. They just keep on giving and we just keep on helping. I remember going to the hospital the night of Wayne’s accident and the doctors giving me his motorcycle helmet, which was split in two, and saying that they didn’t think he would live through the night. I looked at them and said ‘You don’t know my kid.’”