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Cheese Curd Fest gets boost to double numbers

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Wisconsin Department of Tourism Regional Tourism Specialist Julie Fox awarded member of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce with a $25,900 Joint Effort Marketing Grant Thursday, April 27 at the April meeting. Photo courtesy of Ellsworth Chamber2 / 3
Wisconsin Department of Tourism Regional Tourism Specialist Julie Fox awarded member of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce with a $25,900 Joint Effort Marketing Grant Thursday, April 27 at the April meeting. As you can see, they’re excited to use it for Cheese Curd Festival. Photo courtesy of Ellsworth Chamber3 / 3

 The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes visitors to enjoy a true Wisconsin classic at the annual Cheese Curd Festival with help of a $25,900 Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

Taking place in the "Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin," the 2017 festival is set to take place June 23-24.

In addition to cheese curds, the Cheese Curd Festival will also feature regional craft beer, hard cider, wine and street-food specialties, musical, 5K and 10K run and a classic car cruise-in and show.

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce aims to double the number of festival attendees from 1,500 to 3,000 with help from JEM funds. The event is expected to generate an estimated $134,000 in visitor spending in the area.

"Our ultimate goal is to leverage our agricultural heritage as home to one of the best known creameries in the Upper Midwest, and to create a truly unique agritourism experience featuring music and food specialties, craft beer, wine and hard cider from Wisconsin and throughout the region," said Russ Korpela, executive director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber Of Commerce.

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