Sponsored by Shullsburg Cheesefest
Shullsburg, Wisconsin, invites you to the twentieth annual Cheesefest on Saturday October 7. Take a short scenic drive to the third oldest community in Wisconsin. Shullsburg welcomes fall by celebrating the cheese heritage of the city with experiences the whole family can enjoy. Held on the town’s historic Water Street, you may simply delight in the historic architecture of this quaint yet thriving town. The street is closed to motorized traffic for the Cheesefest so you can enjoy the festival, town, and history in full glory. With so many activities to keep you going from morning to late into the afternoon – the street is full of festival goers. You may just run into an old friend or meet a new one!
Water Street fills with craft, vintage, antiques, and baked good vendors from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The historic street is home to several local shopkeepers with goods and wares bound to please. If you indulge in shopping for the special and unique or plan to decorate for fall or simply look for some wonderful treats to bring home, you may need a large car to take all your finds and treasures home. Don’t forget to stop by the local library for their annual book sale. As a matter of fact, if you are in the area for other craft fairs that span the weekend, Shullsburg may just be the diversion on Saturday to break up your weekend!
Live stage entertainment featuring popular girl band Precocious and local talent are at the center of Water Street. Sit and listen or enjoy the music as it serves as the backdrop to shopping and other activities.
Perhaps you are a foodie at heart – look no further! From Food Trucks to FFA Cheesecurds to Fireman’s Breakfast and established local pubs and restaurants with fare and atmosphere to meet every taste, you are sure to find food paradise at Shullsburg’s Cheesefest.
Experiences throughout the day will keep you busy. Try your hand at building scarecrows, take a hayride through town and view all the scarecrows on display, send your older children to play laser tag in the park, complete a corn maze, try out your artistic talents with canvas painting, or take your children to the kids’ games.
It wouldn’t be Cheesefest without the focus and activities around cheese. Local cheesemakers display and sponsor cheese events throughout the day. View cheese being made, guess the weight of cheese, and – back by popular demand – enjoy the wine and cheese tasting. Two local wineries along with a local cheesemaker will have wine and cheese pairings.
Wrap the day up with the raffle drawing and announcement of winners. Cheeseheads look forward to finding out who wins the grand prize: Packer tickets to a 2017 Lambeau field game.
If Saturday isn’t enough, you may want to make it a full weekend by coming early for the second annual Porchfest, Friday, October 6 from 7:00-11:00 p.m. at the Copeland Guest House front lawn. Enjoy live music by Copeland Bellhops and food available for purchase. Outside beverages are welcome.
Saturday evening concludes with Trivia Night, hosted by Driver Opera House. The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of Kingsley Crossing. All proceeds will go toward the renovation of the Opera House.
The community has wonderful retail shopping, restaurants, and an amazing coffee shop. Cheesefest organizers recommend you consider staying at one of the local Shullsburg bed and breakfast inns for the weekend.
As you leave town with a smile on your face and memories made, make your way to the famous Gravity Hill, just outside of town. Put your car in park and feel it being pulled UP the hill. Maps are at the information booth.
Editor’s note: Article and schedule submitted by Shullsburg Cheesefest, edited by Julien’s Journal.
Friday October 6
Porchfest – 7-11 PM @ Copeland Guest House
Saturday October 7
Fireman’s Breakfast – 7-10 AM @ Firehouse
Cheese Making Viewing – 9 AM-11 AM @ Shullsburg Creamery window
Craft & Food Vendors – 9 AM-4 PM @ Water St.
Canvas Painting – 9 AM-4 PM, Crooked Canvas
Kids’s Games – 10-11 AM @ Main Stage, Water St.
Cheese Making Viewing – 10 AM-2 PM @ White Hill Cheese, Hwy. 11
Scarecrow Building – 10 AM-4 PM @ Water St.
Hayrides & Scarecrow Town Tour – 10 AM-4 PM @ Community Center
Corn Maze – 10 AM-Dusk @ A&M Hardware, Hwy. 11
Cheese IQ Contest, Cheese Weight Guessing, & Curd Eating Contest – 11 AM-12 PM @ Main Stage, Water St.
Juggler with the Yellow Shoes – 12-12:30 PM @ Main Stage, Water St.
Wine/Cheese Pairing – 12-3 PM @ Kingsley Crossing
Precocious, girl band – 1-4 PM @ Main Stage, Water St.
Raffle Drawing – 4 PM @ Main Stage, Water St.
Trivia Night – 7 PM @ Kingsley Crossing
Laser Tag – Time TBA @ Park