The Cheshire Cheese Festival returns Saturday with more cheese and more attractions. reports the event, commemorating the 1,234-pound Cheshire Mammoth Cheese’s trip to the White House in 1802, starts at 10 am with the Cheesy 5k run and after that the Cheshire Cheese Festival gates open at the Cheshire elementary school grounds at 11.

Cricket Creek, Cream of the Crop Farm, Couet Farm & Fromagerie, Thomas Farm, Rolling Rock Salts and Whitney’s Farm stand will all be represented at the event.

Also, new this year will be the Cheese Cave where local historian Barry Emery and local author Kristen Demeo will talk about their books about the history of the Cheshire Mammoth Cheese. Town historical artifacts will also be on display as well as cheese making kits.

There will also be food vendors and Big Daddy's Cheesesteak and Mountain Top Country Meats will offer cheese-centric menus.

Proceeds will go to local community charities and towards the third annual Cheese Fest. He said the group is also exploring an outdoor recreational grant to build a park downtown.

The event is rain or shine and if the weather looks bad the event will be moved to the school. The event costs $5 but children five and under can are free.

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