Rafters To Host Wisconsin Cheese Curdfest


Local Vendors To Be Featured Among Days Events

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in partnership with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will be hosting a Wisconsin Cheese Curdfest on Sunday, August 2nd. The event will be free to the public, and will run from 12:00-4:00 pm. There will be music, inflatables and games for children, and lots of great food to sample.

“We have wanted to hold a unique event at the ballpark for some time,” said Rafters General Manager John Fanta. “I think throughout the league we look at ourselves as event managers on top of just baseball people, and hosting the Wisconsin Cheese Curdfest provides another opportunity for our community.

The City of Wisconsin Rapids Finance and Property Committee has granted approval for the Rafters to hold the first Wisconsin Cheese Curdfest at Witter Field. The event will now go before the City Council on May 19th, and with approval will go on as scheduled.

Attendees of the event will be able to sample and purchase both deep fried and fresh cheese curds from local vendors. Fanta is looking for approximately 10 vendors to participate. Each will need to be approved and licensed through the Wood County Health Department, and will be able to provide up to three dairy product samples, with a minimum of one of the samples being a form of cheese curd. Though other ideas had been proposed to him, including a competition to name the best local chicken wing, “the support of the Milk Marketing board drove us to do the cheese fest for this year,” Fanta said.

If you wish to participate as a vendor, please contact John Fanta by emailing him at for additional information.


The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit