Caseville Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger in Caseville


2013 Cheeseburger in Caseville2016 marks the 18th year of Cheeseburger in Caseville. This is now a premier event with the Thumb of Michigan as the festival 2013 winner of the “Peoples Choice” Award selected by the MFEA Convention. If you looking for the inside information on the Best of Cheeseburger then you have stumbled upon internet pay dirt. Just don’t tell anybody!  Thumbwind will offer the inside information on how to make the most out of your day, or the entire week as a parrot head up here at Key North.  Keep an eye on this space leading up to the August 14th start.

Caseville swells from a village of about 1,200 to a full-fledged throng of folks approaching 50,000 during the “Parade of Fools” occurring mid-week. With these numbers, a little local insight can come in handy. Over the next several weeks leading  up to Cheeseburger 2015 ThumbWind.com will offer reports, advice and guidance on the key events affecting Key North. So bookmark this site as a favorite and visit often.


Best of RibStock in Caseville. Weekend of June 26-28th 2015 –  If you want to sample local BBQ get to Caseville early. This is the 7th year for Ribstock and is considered the unofficial kick-off festival of the summer season in 2013RibstockLogoCaseville. Top BBQ rib honors are sought by local restaurants and taverns. In 2012 Port Elizabeth’s Grille took honors among the  five cook-off participants. Besides ribs you will find car shows, live country music in the amphitheater, pig races for the kids and craft workshops. This years entertainment includes North Country Flyers as the headliner act on Friday. Other bands will be announced as the year progresses. Its a country theme so bring your cowboy hats and boots and stomp the weekend away.


Best Place to Talk Politics During Cheeseburger’s “Parade of Fools” 

Cheeseburger in Caseville Parade of Tropical FoolsIf you want to have a chat with our US Senator or Congressman you may have a great opportunity during the Parade of Fools. With over 50,000 people on hand during the mid-week event it has drawn Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller and a host of Michigan legislative and local politicians. If you want to have a chat your best opportunity is at the staging area of the parade on the corner of Main and Michigan.


Walt's Meat MarketBest Gourmet Grocery to Create Your Own CheeseBurgerIf your already a summer resident of the greater Thumb Key North area then I’ll bet you already know where to pick up high quality choice meat for your grill and deli items to round off your table…you go see Rick and Lynn. It’s a given…end of story. We have seen this couple take a former sleepy butcher shop and transform it in gourmet grocery with the Chutzpah that can match a big city meat market. The staff is friendly (and typically family!) and these folks know what they’re doing.

The “Nobody Can Beat Walt’s Meat” sign greets you has you pull in the parking lot just outside of Oak Beach about 7 miles north of Caseville. Sometimes you have to wait to find a space but that’s OK because this is meat nirvana. Standing Rib? Filet Mignon? Please..How about regular chuck hamburger that never, and I mean never! flames up on the grill because its so lean. Bacon Sausage..OMG!…its so good the Florida snowbirds order it to-go on their way back down I-75.  It’s the only place we know north of Imlay city where you can get a hot Panini sandwich to go. The quality is scary good.  Rick and Lynn take this business extremely serious and it shows. Because of their uncompromising quality and level of service ThumbWind.com deems Walt’s Meat Market the “Best Gourmet Grocery in the Thumb”. As a side note, listen for Lynn around the noon hour on WLEW for the Walts ad. Lynn did her time in radio in the Grand Rapids area and she has kept her voice in top notch shape.


Best Microbrewery – New in 2014, the Thumb Brewery is tucked in a Thumb Breweryrestored 1800’s historic home in the heart of Caseville. The charm and character of the home spills into an open air patio providing the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures. Home brews include Quinn’s Irish Red Ale, Sebewaing Belgian Blonde Ale, Gateway IPA and the extremely popular and tasty Thumb Brewery Oatmeal Stout. They also have about 2 dozen other craft beers on tap.


Best Place to Become  a Parrot Head in Caseville – If you have ever attended a Jimmy Buffett concert you know that a key ingredient is the proper hat with the required feathers and toys to adorn your Parrot Head. Caseville has an entire workshop devoted to this effort. Find out where. Coming Soon!


Captain Morgans Grill Grindstone CityBest Taste of the Florida Keys in the Upper Thumb There are many great roadside inns in the Florida Keys. Our personal favorites are Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo, Fish Tales in Marathon and finally the No Name Pub on Big Pine (If you can find it). All of these capture the true local flavor of Old Florida. If you’re in the Upper Thumb exploring our own version of Key North there is one roadside inn that any freshwater conch must check out.

In our humble opinion, the Upper Thumb only has one place that can match the atmosphere and great food that you would expect in the Keys, its Captain Morgan’s Grindstone Bar & Grill. Located in Grindstone City, this water front inn is only a short drive east from Port Austin. Walking in revels a view of Grindstone harbor’s charter fishing fleet. Its Friday fish fry is the huge draw and you can literally dock your boat right in front and have your catch prepared for dinner.

Captain Morgan’s is pure Michigan but ThumbWind.com considers Captain Morgan’s Grindstone Bar & Grill the Best Taste of the Keys in the Upper Thumb.


Best Place to Camp Near the Beach – Port Crescent State Park is nestled at the tip of Michigan’s “Thumb” along three miles of sandy shoreline and Port Crescent State Park565 acres of woods. The park offers hiking, wet lands and the best sand dunes and beaches on the eastern side of the state.  Some of the 137 modern campsites offer a beach front view, either of Lake Huron or the Pinnebog River. Port Crescent recently added a new camper cabin which sleeps six and has a scenic view of Saginaw Bay.  It’s close drive to the Port Austin Farmers Market open each Saturday morning during the season and a short drive west to Walt’s Meats deemed by ThumbWind.com the Best Gourmet Market in the Thumb.


Cheeseburger in Caseville Event Schedule (Subject to Change)

Friday August 14th

9am – Annual “Best Dressed Business in Town” Contest Starts – Chamber Office
9am-Noon – Face Painting – County Park Office
10am – Beautiful Baby Contest Starts – Keepsakes
10am-4pm – American Red Cross Blood Drive – Caseville Fire Hall
11am-2pm – DJ Quinn Barlett – Memorial/City Park
Noon-5pm – Craft Show – Caseville School
1pm – Annual Cheeseburger Kick-Off Golf Scramble – Hidden Harbour Golf Course
3-6pm – JOTOWN – Memorial/City Park
4pm – Kiwanis Best Cheeseburger Contest – Chamber of Commerce
6:30pm – Operation Injured Soldiers – Amphitheater
7:00pm – TRIBUTE TO THE U.S. ARMED FORCES – Amphitheater
– Katrina Hawkins & the Tribute Singers & Button Logo Begins – Amphitheater.
7:30-10:30pm – The Music Doctors – During Break 2015 Cheeseburger Design Contest Awards, 2016 Shirt
10:30pm – Spectacular Laser Light Show (following concert) – Amphitheater


Saturday August 15th

TBD  – Co-Ed Softball Tournament [8/15-8/16] Call Barry (989) 670-0307 – Softball Fields
8:30am – Beach Volleyball ~ To register call Renee (810) 387-4244 – Caseville County Beach
9am – Cheeseburger Fun Run – 5K Run/Walk – Scheurer Healthcare Network – County Park
9am-Noon – Face Painting – County Park Office
10am-1pm – Hat Making Workshop – Caseville Class of 2016 County Park
10am-2pm – Cheesy Pasty Sale – New Life Center
10am-3pm – Sand Castles & Sculptures – Caseville County Beach
10am-5pm – Craft Show – Caseville School
11am-6pm – World Famous Firehouse Burgers – Today Only – Caseville Fire Hall
1pm – Pet Fashion Show – for information call (989) 856-3525 – Caseville Small Animal Clinic
Noon-3pm – DJ Kurt Damrow – Memorial/City Park
5pm – Hot Juicy Hamburgers – Caseville Booster’s Club Amphitheater
7:30-10:30pm – Boat Drunks – Buffett Tribute Band, 9pm Annual Key North Conch Honk – Amphitheater
10:30pm – Spectacular Laser Light Show (following concert) – Amphitheater
11pm-1am – Glow Golf ~ Fun for ALL Ages –  Key North Mini Golf & Family Fun Center


Sunday August 16th

7:30am-1pm – Pancake Breakfast  – American Legion Hall
10am-3pm  – Craft Show – Caseville School
10-11am  – Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard, Kiteboarding Clinic – Caseville County Beach
11am  – Worship Service – Amphitheater
11am-3pm  – DTE ENERGY Free Family Fun Day – Wooded Island Sports Grill
1pm-4pm – Mike Shilakes – Memorial/City Park
2:30pm – Bingo Doors open at 2:30pm Start at 3pm (must be 18 & older) – American Legion Hall
3pm Best – Dressed Pirate Contest – (ages 1-13 & 14-20) – Memorial/City Park
7-10pm – Don Middlebrook and the Pearl Divers – Amphitheater


Monday August 17th

10-11am – Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard, Kiteboarding Clinic – Caseville County Beach
11am-3pm – DTE Energy Wind Park Tours – 6675 Main St. Next to Shakers Ice Cream
1pm – Frog Jumping Contest – Key North Mini Golf & Family Fun Center
2pm – Water Balloon Toss contest (5-8 & 9-12 yrs old) $1.00 – Dairy Queen
3pm – Flamingo Races for Children (5-10 yrs old) – Rainbow Motel
4:30pm – Ice Cream Eating Contest – All ages $3.00 – Shakers Ice Cream Parlor
6pm – Kiddie Parade – Entrants meet at Independent Bank Parking Lot Prospect Street
6:30-8:30pm – Earth Angels – Street dance kids performing – Memorial/City Park
(Main & Elm St.) Dancing in the Park
9pm – Golfing Under the Stars (No Carts) (989) 856-2613 – Caseville Golf Course


Tuesday August 18th

11am Main Sail Minnow Race (FREE) – Main Sail Quik Stop
11am-3pm DTE Energy Wind Park Tours – 6675 Main St. Next to Shakers Ice Cream
Noon-3pm Kids Caribbean Jewelry Making – Lemon Tree Marketplace
2pm          Children’s Limbo Contest age 12 & under – Cost $1.00 – Dairy Queen
2:30pm          Hula Hoop Contest age 12 & under – Cost $1.00 – Dairy Queen
4:30-6pm       Children’s Fun Event – Picture frame making – Lindas’ at the Beach
4:30-6pm       Joker Poker Run AND Teen Joker Poker Run – Lemon Tree Marketplace
7-9:30pm      Big Ray and the Motor City Kings – Wooded Island Sports Grill
9pm          Best Dressed Pirate Contest – Adult 21 yrs. & older – Dufty’s Blue Water Inn


Wednesday August 19th

6-9am Johnny & Blondie Morning Show Riverside Roadhouse
9am-Noon Face Painting County Park Office
10am-1pm Hat Making Workshop – Caseville Class of 2016 County Park
10am-3pm Health Expo – Scheurer Healthcare Network & Covenant Health Care County Park
11:30-12:30pm High Light Singers from Bad Axe High School Choir Memorial/City Park
2pm Cheeseburger Eating Contest- Cost $5.00 Wooded Island Sports Grill
1-4pm Don Middlebrook – Original & Top Rock Memorial/City Park
4-5pm Petosky Steel Drum Band Memorial/City Park
5:30pm PARADE OF TROPICAL FOOLS Main Street Starts at Huron St.
THREE PRIZES $$$ Large Float – Medium Float – Small Float
Following Parade Parade of Fools Costume Contest Thumb Brewery
7:30-10:30pm Jimmy & the Parrots ~ New Jersey’s Finest Buffett Tribute Band Amphitheater
11pm-1am Glow Golf ~ Fun for ALL Ages Key North Mini Golf & Family Fun Center


Thursday August 20th

6-9am – Johnny & Blondie Morning Show – Riverside Roadhouse
10-11am – Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard, Kiteboarding Clinic – Caseville County Beach
10am-2pm – Kids Safety Day – Scheurer Healthcare Network – Caseville Fire Hall
10am-1pm – Hat Making Workshop – Caseville Class of 2016 – County Park
11am – Key North Golf Scramble – Scenic Golf Course
1-pm – Melt n Dye 3 person team (at least one adult) – Caseville Family Market
Family Friendly at the Tie Dye Tent
2pm – Ice Cream Eating Contest – All ages $3.00 charge – Shakers Ice Cream Parlor
3pm  – Free Longest Drive Contest Kids ages 8-15 (989)856-2613 – Caseville Golf Course
4-5pm Mud Bath (Bathe in the Mud – Located ½ mile S on Caseville Rd. (Don’t forget your towels)
6-9pm David Paul Britton ~ Contemporary, Christian & Classic Hits Memorial/City Park
7:30-10:30pm Jedi Mind Trip – Classic Rock


Friday August 21st

10am-2pm Hat Making Workshop Class of 2016 County Park
10am-2pm Children’s Face Painting County Park Office
11am Bird Creek Golf Scramble (989) 738-4653 Bird Creek Golf Club Port Austin
Noon-5pm Craft Show Caseville School
1-4pm Phil May Duo –  Memorial/City Park
6:30-7:30pm Jimmy Lewis Amphitheater
7:30-10:30pm DJ Fun Paint Party – Information at DJFun.com Wooded Island Sports Grill
7:30-10:30pm Parrotts of the Caribbean Amphitheater
9pm Golfing Under the Stars (No Carts) (989) 856-2613 Caseville Golf Course


Saturday August 22nd

10am-5pm Craft Show Caseville School
Noon-3pm Brent Burns (Golf Shore, Alabama) Amphitheater
1pm Home Brewing Contest – Brews need to be in by 1pm Thumb Brewery
1-4pm Bob Hughes – Memorial/City Park
4-5:30pm Row, Row, Row Your Cardboard Boat Sponsored by Caseville County Beach
6-6:45pm St. Louis High School Steel Band Amphitheater
7:30-10:30pm Air Margaritaville – Buffett Tribute Band Amphitheater
7:30-10:30pm DJ Fun Foam Party – Information at DJFun.com Wooded Island Sports Grill
11pm-1am Glow Golf ~ Fun for ALL Ages Key North Mini Golf


Sunday August 23rd

10am-4pm Classic Car Show – Sponsored by McCormick Motors Caseville County Beach
10am-3pm Craft Show Caseville School
11am Worship Service Amphitheater
Noon Famous Chicken Dinner (St. Roch’s Church) Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
1pm Beautiful Baby Contest Winners Announced – Memorial/City Park
1pm Best Caribbean Dressed Baby Contest – Memorial/City Park
Noon Cheeseburger Amateur & Professional Photo Contest Ends Chamber Office
Drop Off – 6632 Main St., or Mail – PO Box 122 Caseville, MI 48725, or
Email email@casevillechamber.com. Photos must be received BEFORE Noon on 08/30/2015. Winners
will be announced on 09/03/15.

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