Thousands attended the Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival on June 24-25, showing off their love of all things cheesy.

“We come every year,” Wisconsin resident Jordan Kepe said. “My wife and I love the cheese curds and music.”

This year was back to pre-pandemic operation levels after two years of a drive-thru festival.

The event included cheese curd dishes, musical performances, marketplace for art, crafts and locally grown veggies, 5K/10K run, classic car show and 20 food trucks.

“[We] enjoy putting it on,” said Kim Beebe of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce.

Next year, festival goers and the Chamber hope to continue with an in-person event.

“It’s nice being back,” Kepe said. “I hope in-person events are here to stay.”

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