90th Annual Rutabaga Festival
August 25, 2022 - August 28, 2022
Every year thousands flock to this little town in Northern Wisconsin to celebrate a humble root vegetable which has put us on the map. Those familiar with The Rutabaga Festival will tell you the town comes alive during those four days of fun, family and food. If you've never been, and celebrating a veggie that most have never heard of doesn't sound like all that much fun, keep reading to find what you've been missing out on...
By far the biggest draw to the festival is the four nights of music. For over 30 years, the Rutabaga Festival has hosted musicians of all talents, genres and popularity. Beginning with the hometown favorite Paisan on Thursday night and ending with the oldie but goodie group The Dweebs, there's something for everyone in your group to enjoy. Most recently hosting Chris Kroeze, despite the rainy weather, our beverage garden was packed to the gills with eager faces ready to kick up their heels on a Friday night.
Stay tuned for the release of this year's line up!
Prepare for mouth watering goodness when you arrive at the Fest. Corndogs, mini donuts and fresh lemonade on the midway and some hometown specials at the food stands. We proudly support local non-profits by offering them the exclusive opportunity of providing food to the hungry attendees of the Fest. And boy do they deliver! The Knights of Columbus have a burger which people yearn for the other 361 days of the year called the KC Special. Topped with fried peppers, this might sound at first like something you could make at home. Their blend of peppers and the way they are cooked make the KC Special a one of a kind. St. Paul's church has their friend raviolis and CASTA brings a new delight every year!
And how could we talk about food without mentioning the star of the show...the rutabaga! No matter where you're stopping to get food, you'll find samples of raw rutabaga. Some say it tastes like a spicy carrot, others like a turnip. Some prefer it cooked in a stew, while others enjoy it fried like a french fry. No matter what, don't leave without trying a little 'baga.
Carnival rides, pedal pull contests and pancake breakfasts...oh my!
Bring the kids and plan to stay awhile because there's fun all four days for young kids, older kids and kids at heart.
Every year the Rutabaga Festival offers the following family oriented fun:
- Carnival rides on the mid way including two armband dates
- Pedal pull contest sponsored by Cumberland FFA
- Baga Olympics (K-6 Grades)
- Fly-in, Drive-In, Walk-in Pancake Breakfast at Cumberland Municipal Airport
- The Golden Baga - a city wide hunt leading up to the Festival, see the Cumberland Advocate for clues beginning in August
- Craft fair along Main Street
- Rutabaga Run
- Car Show at Don Johnson Motors
- Truck and Tractor pull sponsored by Cumberland Youth Hockey Association
- Miss Cumberland Pageant
For over 40 years the Rutabaga Run has been held as part of the Saturday events during the Fest. Choose to walk or run a 5k through Cumberland's down town area or take a half marathon jaunt through Cumberland and around the shores of Beaver Dam Lake. Registration fee includes a shirt and the potential to medal in your age category. Pre-register and save on your registration fee, plus pick up your race packet in advance and skip the lines on race day.
More registration information will be available closer to the event.