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13th annual Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival next weekend

With a mouthful of curds, this boy does his best at the curd-eating contest.1 / 2
The Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival has found its home at East End Park. (Submitted photos)2 / 2

Ellsworth’s Cheese Curd Festival gets underway in East End Park next weekend, with festivities kicking off on Friday at 6 p.m., and a full schedule of entertainment and events continuing through Sunday.

The event, which is coordinated by the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, and made possible by the generous support of local business sponsors and hundreds of volunteers, is one of the largest festivals in the area.

“Our main objective for the event is to create a fun, family-friendly, festival that brings the community together,” said Matt Anderson, CrossRoad Community Church Pastor and chamber president. “It takes a heroic effort on the part of many people to make this event happen, and any money left after festival expenses goes right back into the community.”

Past festival proceeds have contributed to beautification efforts throughout the village, as well as the current bathroom renovation at East End Park.

Leading up to the event, over 20 local businesses are offering “Big Cheesy” Button Bonuses, redeemable to customers who visit their businesses and are wearing their fest buttons. Each participating establishment will have Button Bonus signage on display to inform their customers they are offering special discounts, gifts or prizes to those with buttons.

Raynee Farrell, Bank Mutual Office Manager and Festival Committee Co-Chair, reminds area residents it’s not too late to buy fest buttons.

“Your festival button is going to get you some great deals and free gifts around town, and could also earn you cash prizes up to $500 during the festival!” She reminds, “You don’t need to be present at the festival to win the cash, but you do need to purchase a button to qualify.”

Buttons are available at the Ellsworth Chamber office, all Ellsworth bank locations and several other Ellsworth businesses.

There will be fresh and deep-fried cheese curds at the event--hundreds of pounds of them. Food vendors will also serve a variety of creative cheese curd foods, such as cheese curd brats, pizzas and baked potatoes, in the hopes of earning votes from attendees and winning cash for their sponsored charity.

For more please read the June 18 print version of the Herald.