cheese-shutterstock_224608219When one thinks of Oklahoma, cheese isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. The citizens of Watonga tell a different story, however, as 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the famous Watonga Cheese Festival.

“Watonga has been known for its cheese as long as we have had a festival to celebrate it,” says Amy Adams, director of Watonga’s Chamber of Commerce.

But what does a cheese festival entail? Activities include cheese carvings and tastings, dog shows, rat races and helicopter rides, all under the watchful eye of mascot The Big Cheese. The first ever Cheese Ball, held on Oct. 14, will be one of the highlights of the festival.

“We will dance the night away at City Hall, where attendees are encouraged to dress up either formally or in their most cheesy attire,” Adams says.

If you still aren’t sold on this cheesy good time, admission is 100 percent free and open to children and adults alike.

“I think I’m most excited about hosting an event that you can be proud to bring your family to,” Adams says.

The festival runs Oct. 14 and 15. For details, go to

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