• Cheese Curd Festival

    Join us for the 15th Annual Cheese Curd Festival!
    Surfer Curd: Fun in the Sun
    June 24 & 25, 2016
    East End Park, Ellsworth, WI

    Our 15th annual event is "shore" to be our biggest and best yet! We can't wait to "sea" you at East End Park (beach) June 24-25, 2016. "Wading" until June is going to be the hardest part!




    4 pm - Dark
        Craft/business vendors*
        Bounce House
    4 pm - 11 pm
        Beer Tent
        Cheese Curd Central - Hand-dipped Curds,

        Samples & Sales
        Food Court Open 
    5 pm
        Classic Car Cruise-in
    5:30 pm
        MOJO Lemon Blues Band
    6:00 pm
        Beer, Hard cider & Winetasting event
    8:30 pm 
        Rubber Soul Beatles Tribute Band   


    8-10 am
        Stockwell’s Pancake Breakfast
    8:30 am
        Cheese Curd 10K & 5K Runs*
    10 am    
        3-on-3 Basketball Tournament*
    10 am - dark
        Bounce House, Train Rides
        Chainsaw Art Carving 
        Craft/Business vendors*
    10 am - 11 pm 
        Beer Tent
        Cheese Curd Central - Hand-dipped Curds,
        Samples & Sales
        Food Court Open
    11 am - 5 PM
        Tractor Ride/Shuttle
    12:00 pm
        Bingo & Meat Raffle
    1 PM
        Grand Parade
    2 pm
        Pickles the Clown Magic Show    
    2:30 pm
        Pedal Tractor Pull
    3:30 pm
        Cheese Curd Eating Contest
    5:00 pm
        Pie & Dessert Auction
    6:00 pm
        Free Fallin’ Tom Petty Tribute Band
    8:15 pm
        Project 3:13 REO Tribute Band
    9:30 pm
        Project 3:13 80’s Hits

  • For more information and registration for any of the following events, food vendors, parade, etc please click here.

    Parking: While not an event, we know it's on everyone's minds. You'll be glad to know that there's always plenty of prime parking for festival attendees; you're never more than a short walk (or ride) away from all festival events and activities. You'll find the parking areas we recommend here.

    Cheese Curd Eats: Professional food vendors will be serving up cheese curds and lots of them! Menu items featuring these delectable white squeaky morsels will abound. Get your fill of both fresh and hand-battered deep fried curds and gourmet dipping sauces at the Chamber's Cheese Curd Central booth! Don't miss trying the new Cinnamon and Sugar Fried Cheese Curds. They're addictive and exclusive to the Cheese Curd Festival!

    Entertainment: Our Festival has gained a reputation for bringing class-act entertainment to the area, and this year’s 15th annual event is no exception. Back by popular demand, the Beatles tribute band, Rubber Soul will once again entertain festival attendees. Plus, enjoy the music of Tom Petty with Free Fallin', and REO Speedwagon hits by Project 3:13, followed by a special set of 80's favorites sure to bring back memories! See the full entertainment lineup and schedule above.

    Cheese Curd Eating Contest: Talk about an exciting competition! The Wall Street Journal says this is the contest for "Extreme Cheeseheads". Winners walk away with a trophy, cash, bragging rights and a full belly! Eaters compete in one of 6 age categories, with registration taking place just prior to the event. All are welcome to compete. The event kicks off at 3:30pm, Saturday, June 25 at the Main Stage.

    Cheese Curd Run: 10K and 5K Runs offer an activity for all fitness levels and age groups! Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each race, plus medals presented to age class winners in seven age classes! Registrations are now being accepted; the fee is $25. Register by June 10 and receive a commemorative Cheese Curd Festival t-shirt. Complete details and registration information can be found here.

    3 on 3 Basketball Tournament: This is the third year for this popular and growing event! The tournament will take place at the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery and is open to children and teens that have completed grades 4-9. Teams of 3-4 players are invited to participate. Get all the details here.

    Vintage Car Cruise-in & Car Show: New to the festival this year. Stop down to browse vintage cars, reminisce and visit with classic car owners. Don't forget to cast your vote for the People's Choice Award!

    Corks & Kegs - Beer, Wine & Cider Tasting Event: New to this year’s Cheese Curd Festival, join us for Corks & Kegs, Friday, June 24, from 6-8pm. Taste 24 different beers, ciders and wines at East End Park. Plus, receive a swag bag with sponsor samples, gift cards and coupons when you’re one of the first 25 ticket purchasers ($25 value!)!  Tickets are $20 and available at Common Man Brewing and Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery.

    Craft & Business Show: The Craft & Business Show features local businesses and craftsmen displaying, demonstrating and selling their many handmade wares and products. With nearly 50 vendors in attendance, you'll find hand-made crafts, locally made products, direct sale booths, carnival games and more! NOTE: Thank you vendors! This year's Craft & Business Show is a complete sell-out, with every vendor spot accounted for!

    Pancake Breakfast: A long-time tradition for the Festival, come enjoy S & S Sugar Bush pancakes, featuring famous Sturdiwheat mix and S & S Sugar Bush's own real maple syrup and all the fixin's, in the open air of East End Park, 8:00-10:00am, Saturday, June 25.

    Grand Parade: Everyone loves a parade! A time honored tradition, the Grand Parade is a favorite activity with businesses, organizations and royalty from throughout the county converging on Ellsworth to wave, throw candy, and complete for Best Float designation and prizes! Taking place at 1pm, Saturday, June 25. Due to road construction, we have a new parade route. Watch the parade as it progresses south on Grant Street, then east on Summit, south on Terrace and west on Wall. Perfect parade watching right in East End Park! See a parade route map here.

    Medallion Hunt: Participate in our annual medallion hunt for a chance to win $200! Clues are posted weekly here, on our Facebook page, and at Associated Bank, Bank Mutual, BMO Harris Bank and WESTconsin Credit Union, beginning Friday, May 27, at noon. Once you find the medallion, contact Raynee, Bank Mutual, at 715-273-4024, to arrange for a cash presentation and photo. NOTE: The medallion has been found! Check it out here.

    Pie & Dessert Contest & Auction: Local bakers get the recognition they deserve for their homemade pies and cheese curd desserts! Cash prizes and Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery gift cards totaling $300 (plus bragging rights) are up for grabs! Winners are announced and entries are auctioned off to the highest bidders at the Pie and Dessert Auction! Award presentations and auction will then take place at the Festival's Main Stage at 5pm.Bakers, bring your pie or cheese curd dessert entries to Floor 3 of the Ellsworth Creamery between 10:30am and 12:00pm Saturday, June 25, for judging. Complete your registration here.

    Plus, Pickles the Clown, chainsaw art demonstrations, kids activities, bingo, meat raffles, prize give-aways and more throughout the festival!

  • Festival Policies
    No carry-on food or beverage.
    Those drinking alcoholic beverages must be wristbanded.
    No animals, with the exception of service dogs.
    No wheels, with the exception of wheelchairs, strollers and mobility scooters.
    No parking on Wall Street, from Highway 10 to Crosscut, or on Crosscut.