The Musikfest meat controversy of ’97: When a local staple was pushed out by a big-name company.

It was the best of times. It was the sausage of times.

It was 1997 and Musikfest was high on the hog, fresh off its highest opening weekend attendance so far in its 14-year existence — and enjoying a meaty sponsorship from Johnsonville, the bigtime producer of brats and sausages.

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