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Amish Country Cheese Festival
Labor Day Weekend
Aug 31st & Sept 1-2, 2013

Every Labor Day Weekend in the Heart of Illinois Amish Country


Central Illinois' Best Labor Day Celebration is

Weather UPDATE



  • 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 - Col Klink's Inflatable Kids Area opens,   Face Painting, Balloon Artist, Children's games and etc. in Arties' Party Zone
  • 9am - Laser Tag, Paintball, Rock Wall Climbing, Shooting Gallery, Mechanical Bull, Pony Rides, Camel Rides, Petting Zoo, Bessie Bingo- Cheesy Hollow
  • 9am - Antique Tractor Show , all day -  Farm Collectors Assoc. -Annex Parking Lot
  • 9:30am-Gene Trimble Strolling Clown band
  • 10am to 4pm - Amish Buggy Rides - Visitors Center -All day
  • 10 AM - Vine St Christian Church Ice Cream Social and the church on South Vine St.
  • 10:30  - Balloon Giveaway by 1st National Bank at Arties' Party Zone 
  • 10:30am -"ERSTE KASE SCHNITZEN" - The celebratory first cutting of the cheese with former Governor Jim Edgar officially opens the festival. - Main Stage-Gazebo Area.   
  • 11am - Methodist Church Ham & Bean  meal at the METHODIST CHURCH ON EAST ILLINOIS ST - NEW LOCATION
  • 11:30am - The Amazing Dudley - Artie's Party Zone
  • 11:30am -  Corn Hole Bags Contest - Fund Raiser for Autism Registration  begins in Cheesy Hollow
  • 12pm- Noon -"ERSTE KASE BEDINEN" - Line up for the first FREE CHEESE GIVEAWAY. Over 300 pounds of cheddar and crackers will be passed out by celebrities in this first serving. - Main Cheese Tent  in Cheezy Hollow
  • Noon - Car-Truck-Motorcycle Show begins on Hickory St. Sponsored by
                               Tim Mooney Ford  & K.C. Summers
  • Live Stage Entertainment  - Main Stage - Gazebo Parking lot
        1:30pm - Taylor Wagner - country
         5 pm - Kidd Kaddilac - 50's-60's
  • 1pm 13th 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 @ 1pm
  • 2pm - The Amazing Dudley in Artie's Party Zone
  • 2 pm - 12th 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
  • 3:40pm Big Cheese Calithumpian Parade
  • 5pm Live Stage Entertainment - Kidd Kaddilac 50's-60's  - Gazebo Stage
  • 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.

Planning a visit to Illinois Amish Country? Let ACM Tours help you get the most out of your visit. ACM Tours can arrange for preplanned itineraries, step-on guided tours, or meals in Amish homes for family or larger groups.

Cheese Festival Event Information may change at any time. For up to the minute questions call the
Arthur Visitors Information Center at 1800-72-AMISH for planning information