Festival Facts




  • The 3rd largest tomato ever grown was at the 2014 Wine & Harvest Festival! It broke the Wisconsin state record that has been held for 38 years.

  • Kemps earned the Guinness World Record for the Largest Scoop of Ice Cream weighing in at 3010 lbs at 2014 Strawberry Festival.

  • Schmit's Farm Produce provides Strawberry Festival with more than 5,000 quarts of fresh strawberries. That's "berry" good information!!

  • Some say that fresh juice from a strawberry has a cooling effect on feverish patients. Whether you are feeling feverish or just want to stay cool, stop by one or all of the Festival Strawberry Shortcakes booths and order up a serving of strawberries to stay cool!!

  • Americans eat an average of three-and-a-half pounds of fresh strawberries each per year. It’s closer to five pounds if you count frozen ones.

  • In a study, more than half of nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit. They’re nature’s candy! --Food Republic

  • A strawberry is not an actual berry but a banana is by technical definition. Boggles the mind!

  • Pumpkins are usually orange but can sometimes be yellow, white, green or red.

  • At Wine & Harvest Festival 2015, Glenn McMullen brought his North American record setter--the largest pumpkin weighing in at 2145.5 lbs.  It was also the second largest pumpkin in the world.  That’s humongous!!

  • At Winter Festival the ice blocks we use for the Ice Carving Contest are special ice blocks a favorite among carvers.  They are 300 lb Clinebell ice blocks.  

  • The more time spent circulating the water during the freezing process plus using the best quality water makes for a clearer block of ice.

  • The camel that we have at Winter Festival is a Bactrian camel.  It has two humps.

  • At the first Oktoberfest in Germany, beer was not sold.

  • The pumpkins we use for the Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta have weighed in as much as 700 lbs.  The average pumpkin used is around 500 lbs.

  • Some of the pumpkins we use for the Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta are not actually pumpkins but gourds.

  • Our Santa's Workshop was, at one time, a booth for a tradeshow.




  • It takes a minimum of 5,000 staff hours and over 4,000 volunteer hours annually to bring you the Cedarburg Festivals.

  • Only four part-time employees manage day-to-day operations of all the Festivals as well as execute events.

  • It takes approximately 400 volunteers annually to help fill all our volunteer positions. Our volunteers come from the general public and developed partnerships with organizations such as the Blue Line Hockey, Brewligan's Home Brewing Club, A Cedarbug Christmas, Ozaukee Country Historical Society, and many more organizations.  




  • Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

  • Festivals funnels more than $1,000,000 dollars annually through the local economy.

  • Festivals makes a significant contribution to the economic viability and health of downtown Cedarburg and the surrounding area--working with over 90 Cedarburg merchants, for many, Festival weekends are their most profitable weekends for the year.

  • Festivals creates significant fundraising opportunities for over 25 local non-profit organizations who depend on the money they generate during a festival to fund their own operations and charitable contributions.  Their combined income from the Festivals is over $500,000 annually and much of this income funnels back into Cedarburg and the surrounding communities.


Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc.

General Information:  (262) 377-9620

Participation Information:  (262) 377-3891


PO Box 406 | Cedarburg, WI | 53012