CheeseTown Festival includes races, parade, live entertainment
PINCONNING — The city of Pinconning is known for cheese, and the dairy dish will be celebrated June 12-14 during the CheeseTown Festival.
Festival coordinator Marty Schultz, known as the “Head Cheese,” said the festival kicks off Thursday. He said that afternoon, there will be a battle of the bands in the CheeseTown entertainment tent at Doc Letchfield Park starting at 3 p.m., and vendors and crafters will be on hand starting at 2 p.m.
Friday the festival gets going early in the morning, with the tent opening at 9 a.m. and vendors and crafters opening up shop at noon. Inflatable rides and other attractions will also be available, Schultz said.
There will be a mac and cheese cook-off from 5-7 p.m. at the Pinconning Boys and Girls Club building, he said. Schultz said celebrity judges, including Pinconning comedian Rob Little and area television news personalities, will decide which of the 12 entries in the cook-off is the best.
Community members will be able to cast a vote as well in the people’s choice category at the cook-off. Schultz said 12 area businesses and organizations are submitting macaroni and cheese for the competition.
“Everybody gets a sample of all 12 participants’. That’s a lot of mac and cheese,” he said. “Of course there’s a dessert that goes with it.”
When the mac and cheese cook-off wraps up, the festival’s first races, a two-mile family fun run/walk and Little Meeces Race, are scheduled to kick off the CheeseTown Challenge portion of the festival, Schultz said.
Saturday, June 14, a baseball tournament will begin at 8 a.m., and the tent, vendor sales and other attractions are set to begin at the same times as the day prior.
“We have the big cheesy CheeseTown parade at 11 a.m.,” Schultz said.
Parade participants will line up at the Pinconning Knights of Columbus Hall from 10-11:45 a.m. The parade ends at Doc Letchfield Park.
More races are scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Schultz said.
“The two-mile race will start at 6 p.m., and the five-mile race starts at 6:30 p.m.,” he said. “Those will be followed, basically, around 7:30 p.m. with the Little Meeces Race.”
Registration for the races opens at 4 p.m. Saturday.
As the festival’s end closes in, Little is scheduled to take the stage in the entertainment tent at 8 p.m. Saturday night. Schultz said the admission to the entertainment tent is $5, except for Little’s performance, when admission will be $20.
Live music is scheduled to be performed in the entertainment tent throughout the weekend, including bands The Distorted Waltz, Operation 13, The Savior’s Army, Official: Plan B, Pain, i am sunday, Polychromic, Lemon Frog and Fahrenheit.
For a full listing of times bands will take the stage, visit cheesetownraces.com, or contact Schultz at 989-879-2816.