We can’t believe that summer is over. The weather is great but the daylight is shortening and the evenings are cool. So it’s no surprise that the last festival of the year rolls into Caseville this weekend. The Caseville Pumpkin Festival is a family oriented weekend of scarecrow making, pumpkin carving, hay rides and all kinds of contests.
Caseville Pumpkin Festival
This weekend’s event marks the 16th year of the fall festival. Created specifically for kids and families. The big event draw is the pumpkin rolling contest at Caseville County Park. A couple of new events are being added in 2018. The streets of Caseville will be the canvas with a sidewalk art with chalk. For added fun, there will also be wagon rides and a pumpkin eating contest.
The festival starts on Saturday morning with a kids pumpkin parade at 9am. Check out the Caseville Chamber of Commerce site for all of the events. We will be there and hope to share the fun on Twitter @Thumbwind.
The 20th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville is a chance to experience a bit of Key West atmosphere, Jimmy Buffet music and indulge in cheeseburgers in paradise. In prior years, officials placed estimates were that over 100,000 people visited the area during its 10 day festival. It’s a family friendly event during the day but offers a bit of craziness that true Parrot Heads appreciate in the evening hours. Here are some hints provided by those who frequent the event each year.
Be Prepared for Cheeseburger in Caseville
This includes having your own water, a rain jacket and comfortable walking shoes. Fill a small backpack with snacks, sunscreen and even a change of clothes. Double on this point if your bringing kids!!
Gas Up Before You Arrive at Cheeseburger in Caseville
If your getting here on fumes, gas up in Elkton, Kinde, Bay Port, Port Austin or Bad Axe. The main street in Caseville gets busy and packed. You will feel better knowing you can get out without waiting an hour in line for a few gallons of gas.
Use the Shuttle Lot at Cheeseburger in Caseville
Set Up a Base Camp – Park your car and plan on walking around. Park a few blocks away from Main so you can get easy in and out. Parking is crazy in the Caseville County Park or near Main Street. Do not park on someone’s lawn.
No Open Alcohol on the Street at Cheeseburger in Caseville
Do Not Drink on the Street – This is not New Orleans Mardi Gras. Open alcohol containers are a no-no. You will see the un-informed with a open beer walking down the street. They are a target for a ticket. Drink in designated areas.
Luck Favors the Informed at Cheeseburger in Caseville
Be Informed of Events – Grab a free Event Calendar from Caseville Chamber of Commerce. There are also several Smartphone apps available. Tune in to WLEW – FM at 102.1 on your drive in for weather and local updates.
The Wednesday Evening Parade is the Top Event at Cheeseburger in Caseville
Set up For the Parade of Tropical Fools Early – This is the highlight of the whole festival. By late morning on Wednesday you should claim a spot for your clan with chairs and ribbon. Be cool about it. There will be up to 50,000 friends with you.
First Saturday? Head for the Fire Station at Cheeseburger in Caseville
Support Your Local Firefighters – The Caseville Fire Department only offers its famous Firehouse Burgers on the first Saturday. Its for a great cause and they are delicious.
Plenty of Facilities at Cheeseburger in Caseville
Use the Porta Pottys – Guys and Gals, public urination will get you arrested. Fortunately there are hundreds of portable toilets.
Relax and Have Fun – Make a new friend, help a senior citizen, take crazy pictures and post. It’s Key North and the best part of the summer.
Plan B- Do Something Else – If you, or your kids have had enough Cheeseburger Fest and crowds, try something else. Here are a couple of fresh ideas.