Saturday Activity Schedule

Saturday

  • 6am to 11am - Fireman's Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at Firehouse South edge of town Rt 133 and Vine Sts
  • 9am - Festival opens with merchants sidewalk sales, pony rides, wagons rides, Petting zoo, strolling clowns, flea, craft, and food vendors downtown.
  • 9am - Car - Truck - Motorcycle show registration begins- Illinois and Hickory
  • 9am -  Inflatable Kids Area opens,   Face Painting, Balloon Artist, The Great Pumpkin Patch Straw Bale Maze, Children's games and etc. in Arties' Party Zone
  • 10am -  Pony Rides,  Petting Zoo, Bessie Bingo- Cheesy Hollow -
  • 10am to 4pm - Amish Buggy Rides - Visitors Center -All day
  • 10:00 -"ERSTE KASE SCHNITZEN" - The celebratory first cutting of the cheese  officially opens the festival. - Main Stage-Gazebo Area
  • 10:00  - Baby Pageant Registration - Gazebo Area
  • 11am - Methodist Church Ham & Bean meal at the METHODIST CHURCH ON EAST ILLINOIS ST
  • 11 AM - Vine St Christian Church Ice Cream Social and the church on South Vine St.
  • Music & Entertainment - All Day - In the Wine Tent sponsored by Wine On Vine and in the Beer Tent sponsored by Angie's Food & Spirits both near the Visitors Center on North Vine Street.
  • 11am -"ERSTE KASE BEDINEN" - Line up for the first FREE CHEESE GIVEAWAY. Over 300 pounds of FREE cheddar and crackers will be passed out by celebrities in this first serving. - Main Cheese Tent in Cheezy Hollow on East Illinois St.
  • 11:30-2pm Blood Drive - East Progress St
  • Noon - Car-Truck-Motorcycle Show begins in Cheezy Hollow on Hickory St.
  • 1 pm 17th Annual Cheese Eating Nationals - Stuff yourself with more cheese and earn some national recognition! Youth and Adult categories, no entry fee - Main Cheese Tent  Registration @ 11am
  • 2:00 pm - 17th Annual International Cheese Curling Team Championships - one of the most popular events at each festival. Grab a broom and curl for points. Compete in teams of four. Bring your trained curlers, your family, or just team up with somebody standing nearby. Take home your 4 pound Baby Swiss cheese "stone" for your efforts and maybe an world title.  No age limit, no entry fee, and a lot of fun for all. Sanctioned by the International Cheese Curling Assoc. - Main Cheese Tent
  • 3:44pm Big Cheese Calithumpian Parade
  • 5pm  "Zweite KASE BEDINEN" - Line up again for the first FREE CHEESE GIVEAWAY. Over 300 pounds of FREE cheddar and crackers will be passed out by celebrities in this first serving. - Main Cheese Tent in Cheezy Hollow on East Illinois St.
  • 6-9pm Andy Mo in the Wine Tent on North Vine sponsored by Wine On Vine
  • 5:30pm - Live Stage Entertainment - THE HENNINGSENS on stage at Penn Station Music Hall Doors open at 5:30 - Blake Harned and Reckless Whiskey beginning at 6:45pm Henningsens at 7pm
  • 7pm  Festival Closes for the Day

Schedule times change a bit all the time. Come early and spend the day. Last minute information at the Arthur Welcome center at the North end of the Festival and also at the Cheese Tent at Illinois and Vine St in the center of the festival.