JEFFERSON — The 45th Annual Fall Madison Classics Jefferson Swap Meet and Car Show is here this weekend at the Jefferson County Fair Park, with tens of thousands of people, as usual, expected to attend.
The Madison Classics’ Fall Jefferson Car Show and Auto Swap Meet is one of the largest car shows in the Midwest. The swap meet is all three days, while the car show is Saturday and Sunday only.
A demolition derby is scheduled for Sunday at noon, with that event being presented by Hollywood Motor Sports.
“For the auto enthusiasts, this swap meet boasts thousands of car parts and car accessory vendors, making it a great place to buy or sell those hard to find car parts,” Classics founder, Gary Esse, said. “For those looking to buy or sell cars, the Cars for Sale Corral is full of hundreds of cars of all makes and models.”
Esse’s son, Erick Esse, said Thursday that it is impressive that the Madison Classics business has endured for so many decades, after being established by his father so many years ago.
“We want to thank the community and surrounding areas for all the support over the many years,” Erick Esse said.
Gary Esse said attendees will find bargains on cars, car parts and car accessories at the fall event, which is the successor car show to the Classics’ spring gathering, also at the fair park. That also attracts similar, large crowds, over its three-day run.
The featured vehicle at this fall’s show will be the four by four.
“But all makes and models of show vehicles are welcome,” Gary Esse said.
Spectator admission to the show is $10 for adults. Spectator parking is $5. Children under the age of 12 are free, with paying adult.
Gary Esse said there will be a wide selection of food stands available on the fairgrounds and an ATM is located in the main, activity building.
Spectator hours are today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, see the Madison Classics website, or call 608-244-8416.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System is seeing the highest number of new student enrollments since before the COVID-19 pandemic seized the state.
System officials released preliminary estimates Thursday that show 26,442 first-year students, including freshmen and first-year transfers, were enrolled as of the first day of classes this fall. That compares to 25,602 in 2018; 25,937 in 2019; 24,407 in 2020; and 25,869 last year.
Overall enrollment, however, is down about 1%, from 162,980 last fall to 161,430. UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, and UW-Superior showed enrollment increases. UW-La Crosse was even. The rest of the system schools show a decrease, according to the estimates.
The system has seen overall enrollment drop in recent years due to fewer high school graduates and uncertainty created by the pandemic. According to system data, 2010 saw 182,090 students enrolled on the first day of fall classes, the most of any year between 2007 and 2021.
System President Jay Rothman said system officials are looking to boost enrollment by making the ACT optional for admission, waiving application fees for needy students, offering college credits to high school students who attend classes at the system’s two-year schools and promoting the Wisconsin Tuition Promise, a program set to begin in the fall of 2023 that funds tuition and fees for four years for students coming from families making less than $62,000.
JEFFERSON — Jefferson County Medical Examiner Nichol Tesch made the official announcement Thursday that it was Tyler Jenkins, 29, of Watertown who was killed in a motorcycle crash that occurred Sept. 16 at 5:56 a.m. on County Highway E south of Interstate 94 in the Town of Concord.
According to Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath, a preliminary investigation at the scene showed that Jenkins was northbound on Highway E, traveling at a high rate of speed, when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Jenkins was lone occupant on the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Wisconsin State Patrol, Watertown Police Department, Jefferson County Emergency Communications and its medical examiner’s office.
“Speed (was) a contributing factor in the crash,” Milbrath said.
Jenkins obituary said that he was born in Oconomowoc, and was a father and maintenance apprentice at Wispak.