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Sunday at the Cheese Curd Festival

A young girl competing in the age 8-11 category protects herself from the curds coming back out. 5 / 13
Ronald McDonald was perched high above the parade route Sunday on a special float. It was the first time McDonald’s had an entry in the Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival parade since the restaurant opened locally in July of last year.6 / 13
Riders in the back of a pickup truck, the Ellsworth Public Library’s entry in Sunday’s parade, waved and threw candy at the spectators.7 / 13
Brooke Thoen sang and played guitar as part of Sunday’s entertainment line-up for the Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival. Thoen was stationed under a tent just east of East End Park, behind Associated Bank.8 / 13
A cooking crew kept busy making pancakes for the breakfast served under the food tent Sunday morning of the Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival. Attendees got their morning meal and socialized at the event, which was held both weekend days of the festival. (Herald photos by Bill Kirk)9 / 13
Pickles the Clown entertained children of all ages by making balloon animals after the rain stopped. 10 / 13
Alex Smrekar of Minneapolis competing in the Men's portion of the Eating Contest. Smrekar finished in first place for the second year in a row. 11 / 13
Woodville Syttende Mai royalty do their best to eat a quarter-pound regular and a quarter-pound cajun cheese curds.12 / 13
Jimmy Malley was the winner of the 12-15 category. He is pictured with Raynee Farrell of the Festival committee. (Herald photos by Jason Schulte) 13 / 13

The 13th annual Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival concluded Sunday headlined by a rainy parade and the Cheese Curd eating contest for all ages.