The good book says, "To every thing there is a season." In Cedarburg, to every season there is a festival, and Fall means it's time for Wine & Harvest. On Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, Washington Avenue in downtown Cedarburg will close to traffic and fill up with artists, food, music, and fun of all kinds.
Cedarburg's own Cedar Creek Winery inspired this food and art oriented celebration 44 years ago, and it has grown in popularity each year. Visitors will find a Farmers Market, hundreds of artisan products for sale, a pumpkin carver, sheep shearing, street performers, hay rides, live music from the likes of Frog Water, Will Pfrang, Stereotype, the Rhythm Kings, and the Whiskeybelles, and all kinds of activities and competitions for all ages.
One of the most popular competitions at the festival is the annual Grape Stomp, a hilarious and action-packed event for both adults and children, which takes place outside the Winery on both days of the festival. The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off is a hit, which also includes watermelons and gourds.
Many of the downtown businesses offer raffles, sales, and activities during the festival. Tours of the historic Kuhefuss House Museum are available, and the Cedarburg Art Museum's Beer Garden will be open. Bounce houses and a barrel train, as well as other activities for children, will be located at Cedar Creek Park. Outside of downtown, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts will also have their latest exhibit, Quilt Nihon: Treasures from Japan.
The 44th Annual Wine & Harvest Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit the Festivals of Cedarburg website: http://www.cedarburgfestival.org/, or their Facebook page.