Cheese Festival could see a record crowd as it returns this weekend

Published: Jun. 4, 2021 at 7:06 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 7:21 PM CDT
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LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - The heat this weekend will likely have lots of people heading outside.

That’s expected to benefit events like the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival with a much needed crowd after having to cancel last year because of the pandemic.

With temperatures expected to be above 90 much of the weekend, organizers of the event are bracing for what could be a record crowd as many people venture out once again after dealing with a year of COVID-19 setbacks and cancellations.

“We’re so excited. It means so much to the community and the Village of Little Chute. This has become a dependable source of fundraising for the Village of Little Chute, and I can’t say enough about what the community did to rally and come together to make this happen,” said Joe Harlow, one of the festival organizers.

The festival, at Doyle Park, is among the first of many in the area making a comeback this summer.

For Chris Arnold and her husband, Roger, the chance to listen to live music is long overdue.

“Well, its about time. We love it, we love our community, we love coming down here and meeting with friends and people that we know and having great music, it’s great,” she said.

Her husband added, “Happy to be back to normal. We’re getting there, anyway.”

Organizers say they’ve also made changes to ensure the event is as safe as possible.

“We have been working with the Outagamie County Health Department, the CDC so we’ve made some extra adjustments and alterations to make sure we’re in compliance. We have extra hand washing stations and so forth so everyone should feel very comfortable bringing their families down,” Harlow said.

The festival runs all weekend, but organizers point out that Sunday is family day which means there is no cost to walk through the gate.

For more information on events and the music line-up click here.

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