Welcome to Lowville Cream Cheese Festival Number Ten! All the wacky games, food, contests, entertainment, and cute pets that I’ve come to expect, plus perfect weather and a fun crowd.
In case you missed it, here are a few of the highlights from the festival. I didn’t get photos of the wacky pet contests this year, but there were plenty.
NCPR was media sponsor for the day. Kraft is a major sponsor of the festival, and it highlights Philadelphia Cream Cheese – their main product at the plant in Lowville. There is a recipe contest that’s world class…. look for some of the winning recipes in an upcoming Philadelphia Cream Cheese cookbook.
Of course, there was PLENTY of food everywhere at this festival! I was particularly fascinated with all the foods that you can get on a stick:
There was also plenty of food that wasn’t served on a stick:
There was entertainment ALL day long:
Of course, the Lowville Cream Cheese Festival is also a celebration of local agriculture and agribusiness. There was plenty of JD green around:
.. and there were SO MANY WACKY GAMES! Here’s just a small sample:
Dauber is the Cream Cheese Man at the festival. He greets folks who are waiting in line for cheesecake. He coaches kids who are painting on the cream cheese mural, and he’s sort of a cream cheese ambassador.
The crowds were huge, but happy.
There was even a Discovery Center (large enclosed area with dozens of child-friendly distractions) for kids:
The Lowville Cheese Store was there in force, wearing their wacky hats and selling GREAT cheese!
So… it was a great, full day of festivities and fun. I’ve been there every year – for all ten of the festivals, and I think this year was the very best so far.
In case you’re beating yourself up over missing it, don’t fret — they’re celebrating Halloween at the end of the month!
Hope to see you next year at the Cream Cheese Festival! For more information, visit www.CreamCheeseFestival.com