Shullsburg, WI invites you to the twenty second annual Cheesefest on Saturday, October 5. 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 St., which is closed to motorized traffic, the Cheesefest, the town, and its history in full glory can be enjoyed.
Water Street fills with craft, vintage antique, 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, 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 and to enjoy the fall displays and decorations around town.
Entertainment on the main stage will feature “The Jimmy’s” – the best seven-piece show band in the Driftless Territory. They play blues, soul, and Americana and won the 2019 title, “Best of Madison” Blues Band. Sit and listen to the Jimmy’s and local talented musicians or enjoy the music as it serves as the backdrop to shopping and other activities.
Perhaps you are a foodie at heart – look no farther! From Food Trucks to FFA Cheese curds, to the Fireman’s Breakfast and established local pubs and restaurants with fare and atmosphere to meet every taste, you are sure to find a food paradise at Shullsburg’s Cheesefest.
Experiences throughout the day will keep you busy. Try your hand at pumpkin decorating, let the caricature artist draw your portrait, try out your artistic talents with canvas painting, ride the Cheese Train Express, get a glitter tattoo, or take your child to the kids’ games, cow-milking contest, puppet show, and balloon twisting. Go back in time and experience an original lead mine from the 1800’s when you visit the Badger Mine and Museum.
It wouldn’t be Cheesefest without the focus and activities centered around cheese. Local cheesemakers display and sponsor cheese events throughout the day. View cheese being made, guess the weight of cheese, enter the cheese-tasting contest. And back by popular demand – the cheese curd eating contest. Also, a cheese sculptor will be creating a work of art from a 90# block of cheese. Enjoy the wine/beer tasting event featuring Wisconsin wines and City Brewery brews. Cheese pairing will be offered with your favorite glass of wine or beer.
Wrap the day up with the raffle drawing and announcements of winners. Cheeseheads look forward to finding out who wins the grand prize: Packer tickets to a 2019 Lambeau Field game.
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 will be available at the information booth.
The Shullsburg Community Development Group brings you Cheesefest with sponsorship from Shullsburg Creamery, Truck Country, White Hill Cheese, Bytec, Prairie Farms, and many local businesses. For more information find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ShullsburgCDC.