Frequently Asked Questions
When did the Ohio Swiss Festival start?
The Festival started in 1953.
Who sponsors the Ohio Swiss Festival?
It is a joint effort of the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association, The Sugarcreek Business Association, and the Village of Sugarcreek
When is the Festival held each year?
The fourth weekend after labor day.
Do local church and civic groups participate?
Over 20 local organizations participate. Many have specialty food booths such as Fry pies, apple fritters, home made soups and sandwiches, Swiss cheese, Trail Bologna, and barbeque meats. Others host luncheons, Park cars, and run events.
What time does the Festival start each day?
Wednesday and Thursday evening is 6 p.m.
Friday starts at 12:30 p.m. with Posting of Colors,
Saturday starts at 7 a.m. with registration for the Cheese Chase followed by the races at 8 a.m and 8:30 a.m.
Is there plenty of parking?
There are numerous well marked lots surrounding the downtown area. Bus Parking is available. The parking is a opportunity for many local organizations to raise money for their projects. Cost is $5 per car, truck or van and $25 for buses.
Is there handicap parking and transportation available to down town?
Handicap parking is available on Factory Street near Post Office. Transportation to downtown is available by asking the parking personnel.
Are there plenty of restrooms?
In addition to the two permanent restrooms behind the fire station and library. There are 36 portable restrooms.
Are their activities for children?
In addition to the many rides and vendor contests, there is a kiddies Parade, little Swiss Miss Processional and Crowning, Big Wheel Race for local children, and Pedal Tractor pull.
Are there activities for adults to participate?
In addition to dancing to Polka music, there is a Men and Woman’s cheese eating contest, award winning cheese auction, Steintossen, 5K / 10K and 1 mile run/walk, Yodeling contest, and Swiss costume contest.
When are the parades?
Wednesday – Little Swiss Miss Processional 7 pm
Friday – Kiddies Parade 2 pm
Saturday – Antique Car Parade 1:45 pm, Main Parade 2 pm
Can I sample and buy cheese directly from the cheese makers?
Yes, the cheesemakers are in the fire station.
Where can I stay?
We have many lodging options available.
Does the Festival serve alcohol?
There is a wine tasting-only tent featuring local, award-winning wines and cheese. Full bottles and blocks of cheese are available for purchase once you’ve found your favorite inside the Fire Station.
What are the ride rates?
Wednesday & Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. – TBA
Friday & Saturday All-Day Pass - TBA
Who can I talk to?
Call the Sugarcreek Village Information Center at 330-852-4113.
Write to Ohio Swiss Festival, P.O. Box 361, Sugarcreek Ohio 44681. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org