Saturday Activity Schedule

Saturday

  • 6-11 am: Fireman's Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at Firehouse South edge of town Rt 133 and Vine Sts
  • 9 am: • Festival opens with merchants sidewalk sales, pony rides, wagons rides, Petting zoo, strolling clowns, flea, craft, and food vendors downtown.
  • 9am -  Inflatable Kids Area opens,   Face Painting, Balloon Artist, Children's games and etc. in Arties' Party Zone
  • 9 a.m: Car, truck & motorcycle show registration @ Cheesy Hollow
  • 10-10:50 am: Baby Pageant Registration @ Gazebo area
  • 10am -  Pony Rides,  Petting Zoo, Bessie Bingo- Cheesy Hollow -
  • 10am to 4pm - Amish Buggy Rides - Visitors Center -All day
  • 10 am: "ERSTE KASE SCHNITZEN" - The celebratory first cutting of the cheese  officially opens the festival. - @ Gazebo stage area
  • 11 am: "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 am: First Annual Cheese Festival Baby Pageant @ Gazebo stage area
  • 11 am: Angie’s Food and Spirits, music and beer tent @ 121 S. Walnut
  • 11 am-4 pm: Vine Street Christian Church Ice Cream Social @ South Vine St.
  • 11 am: Arthur United Methodist Church Ham & Bean lunch @ Arthur United Methodist Church
  • 11:30 pm-2:30 pm: Community Blood Services of Illinois Blood Drive @ East Progress St.
  • Noon: Car, truck & motorcycle show @ Cheesy Hollow
  • 1 pm:   18th 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 pm: 18th 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
  • 3:45 pm: The Big Cheese 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.
  • 6-9 pm: Andy Mo @ Wine on Vine tent
  • 7 pm: • Festival/vendors close

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.