LOWVILLE — In one month’s time, this community will celebrate a decade of cheesiness.
The 10th annual Lowville Cream Cheese Festival, which celebrates Lowville’s status as home to the nation’s largest cream cheese plant, will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, along Parkway Drive and a section of North State Street.
“Time has certainly flown by,” said Lowville Mayor Donna M. Smith, who has also served on the event’s planning committee since its inception in 2005. “It’s just like your kids growing up. You blink, and they’re 10.”
While the event is organized by a strong group of committee members, community support is what has really propelled the event — listed by TripAdvisor as one of the top ten wackiest summer festivals in 2011 and 2012 — to the heights it has reached, she said.
“I think it’s just awesome that we have this,” Mrs. Smith said. “It’s really a nationally known festival.”
The downtown festival has grown to boast an attendance of well over 10,000 each year and gained recognition from Guinness World Records last fall for having the world’s largest cheesecake, created by workers at the Kraft Foods plant on Utica Boulevard in a specially designed pan.
At 6,900 pounds, the Lowville cheesecake was more than 2,000 pounds heavier than the prior mark of 4,703, set in 2009 by a Kraft Foods plant in the country of Mexico.
Celebrity chef Duff Goldman, star of the former Food Network show “Ace of Cakes,” was even on hand to take part in the festivities.
Plans are to extend the festival up North State Street to the area of the county courthouse to allow for more vendor space, said chairman Roger G. Abbey.
The Discovery Park, located each year at the Veteran Memorial Park along Parkway Drive, will also be open on Friday night, Sept. 19, allowing children to participate in many interactive games on the night prior to the festival, he said.
“It’s something nice for the kids,” Mr. Abbey said.
For more information on the festival, visit www.creamcheesefestival.com.