About Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc.
and energy of Historic Cedarburg’s downtown shopping district
has been enhanced by well-attended annual festivals. Begun in
1973, Winter Festival and Wine and Harvest Festival have been
successful in bringing thousands of visitors and residents alike
to celebrate the charm and beauty of this beautiful downtown,
named to the National Historic District in 1986. In 1985, Strawberry
Festival was begun, while in 2005, the first Cedarburg Cycling
Classic was undertaken and in July, 2008 the first annual German
Festival will join the list.
volunteers, Cedarburg’s retail merchants and non-profit
groups, along with the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce have worked
hard to create and sustain festivals. In 2001, festivals had grown
so large that for charitable purposes, a 501(c)3 organization was
founded; Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc., with a board made up of
nine volunteer members. The Festival Executive Director manages
the day-to-day operations and along with two Festival Coordinators,
organize the festivals while the Festival board and community
and retail members continue to volunteer in partnership roles.
Festival meetings are held monthly at Cedarburg City Hall and
are open to everyone.
of Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc. is to continue to work toward
sustaining a vital and healthy business and retail community by
showcasing the city’s attributes, encouraging tourism and
fostering civic, cultural and educational interests. Non-profit
groups in Cedarburg also benefit financially by their participation,
enabling them to fund their own operations and charitable contributions.
include the Cedarburg Garden Club, Cedarburg Cultural Center,
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg Lion’s,
American Legion, Scout Troops, Big Brothers and Sisters of Ozaukee County, Cedar
Creek Settlement Merchants Association, Ozaukee Art Center and
area Churches to name several.
After expenses are paid and the Festivals financial cushion is
assured, profits made by Festivals are given back into the community
via enhanced festival events and a Grants Program. Grant applications
are received bi-annually and funds for those grants are disseminated
in July and December. Some of the grants include funding Summer
Sounds, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, upgrading
computers for Festivals of Cedarburg, the Cedar Creek Riverwalk
Project, Cedarburg Police Department K-9 Unit, the Cedarburg Tourism,
Promotional & Development Committee for advertising and city
flower baskets, Cedarburg Merchants Organization, the Rivoli Theatre,
the American Red Cross and many other groups.