Every two years there is a cheese festival in my hometown. To many people it sounds silly, but there's a lot more to it than cheese! This year some friends and I headed back to town to take part and get a small break from the college life.
We arrived in the evening and had a wonderful finger food dinner of veggies, cheese, sausages, and crackers before heading out to the festival.
My mom painted this photo opp many many years ago and the city still uses it to this day! While walking around we got the chance to stop and listen to one of the horn players.
"HAVE YOU ACCEPTED CHEESES INTO YOUR LIFE?"
We had to stop and pay for some overpriced tickets so we could go on the Tilt-a-Whirl and the green spinny ride (no idea what it's actually called).
After rides we walked around and came across "The Limburger Challenge." Limburger is the smelliest cheese in the world and they served it on those mini bread squares with onions. It was so terrible. Thankfully the sandwich was only $2 and they let us take a photo with "Heidi," the booth operator's husband.
To get the taste out our mouths we bought and shared a cookie dough sundae. (Yum!)
We ended our Friday night with a concert. The band members were hilarious and changed costumes every few songs. They played mostly 80s with a few modern pop songs thrown in. My favorite costume of the night was of the pianist in a red wig and oversized lime green fur coat.
The next morning my mom made amazing blueberry and apple pie muffins. They were so good and she let me freeze some to take back with me to Milwaukee.
We went downtown and looked around at the antique tractors before heading over to the craft fair. I ended up buying these cute little bobble heads and a cute pull-tie bracelet.
We got snow cones and then stood in line for an hour and half so we could get inside the cheese sampling tent. About 10 minutes into waiting I had to ditch my snow cone because there were wasps who wanted it as well. I set it on the ground hoping they'd go away and then some lady kicked it over. The wait was long but there were so many different types of cheese to try!
Afterwards we got some street tacos and sat and watched a hula-hoop performance. The tacos were simple but very good! Mine had chicken, onions, and cilantro.
In the afternoon we went over to the farmer's market and got some fresh vegetables and baked treats. We happened across another craft fair while there and spent a good hour looking around. I was almost convinced to buy a beautiful purple stone ring on sale but was able to resist in the last minutes of the fair!
Our last activity for Saturday was frozen yogurt. Frozen yogurt bars are so yummy...
By Sunday we were exhausted and tired of all the people. We stayed at my family's house until the parade started.
The parade was alright but wasn't as good as I remember it in years past. After the first few processions I stopped taking pictures and just kind of zoned out for the remainder. I had to take a photo of the peanut mobile at the end, simply because it looked so odd!
We left right after the parade finished so we could get back to Milwaukee at a descent time and try to regain our bearings for the next week of school.
It was great to go home and see my family again so soon after leaving. Some of my extended family also came into town for the festival so it was wonderful to see them too. We had a pretty good weekend and I'm glad we made the journey!
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!