Cheeseburger in Caseville

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Cheeseburger in Caseville is a festival that takes place in Caseville, Michigan. The festival is a tribute to tropical paradise, cheeseburgers, and Jimmy Buffett. The 10-day-long festival takes place in the August, celebrating the final weeks of summer vacation. Activities at the festival range from sandcastle making to concerts and laser light shows on the beach.[1]


In 1999, a Caseville local Lyn Bezemek came up with an idea for an end-of-summer festival that is now known as Cheeseburger in Caseville. About 5,000 people from around Huron County, Michigan attended the first Cheeseburger festival.[1] What started as a three-day weekend has turned into a 10-day festival that includes concerts, the highlight of the festival, The Parade of Tropical Fools.[2]


  • Kids Castle Bounce House
  • Cheeseburger Museum - "WHAT IS IT" Contest

2011 1st place winners - Luigi Franciosi and Lindsay Coury

  • Beach Party w/ DJ Dave Lemaster
  • 8 Round Euchre Tournament
  • Water Sports Extravaganza
  • Cheeseburger Amateur Photo Contest
  • "Best Dressed Shack in Town" Contest
  • Face Painting
  • Beautiful Baby Contest
  • Cutest Cheeseburger Kid Contest
  • Caseville Carnival
  • Cheeseburger Kick-Off Golf Scramble
  • Kiwanis Best Cheeseburger Contest
  • Cheeseburger Design Contest Awards
  • Contest for next years Shirt & Button Logo
  • Laser Light Show
  • Co-Ed Softball Tournament
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Cheeseburger Fun Run - 5K Run/Walk
  • Face Painting
  • Hat Making Workshop
  • Cheesy Pasty Sale
  • Craft Show
  • Whooz Dog Got Talent? contest
  • Texas Hold'em Tournament
  • Annual Key North Conch Honk
  • Happy Gilmore Longest Drive Contest
  • Kids Caribbean Jewelry Making
  • Floating Fools Parade
  • Brent Burns - Beach Party with Fireworks
  • Kookie Golf - Crazy Mini Golf
  • Whipped Cream Pie Eating Contest
  • Flamingo Races for Children (5-10 yrs old)
  • Kiddie Parade
  • Annual Caribbean Street Dance
  • Golfing Under the Stars (No Carts)
  • Main Sail Minnow Race
  • Melt 'n' Dye T-Shirt Contest
  • Children's Limbo & Hoola Hoop Contest
  • Joker Poker Run AND Teen Joker Poker Run
  • Kids Jungle Adventure
  • Women's Health Expo - Covenant Health Care & Schuerer Hospita
  • Most Crazy, Creative, Colorful Cheeseburger Hair Do Contest
  • Cheeseburger Eating Contest
  • Parade of Tropical Fools
  • Hypnotist Show
  • Glow Golf - FUN for all Ages
  • Red Hacker - 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
  • Key North Golf Scramble
  • Kids Magic Show & Lunch
  • Mud Bath (Bathe in the Mud - don't forget your towels)
  • Caseville Fire Department Tug-O-War
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Classic Car Show

Parade of Tropical Fools[edit]

The parade is held on the first Wednesday night of the festival and is the biggest attraction that the festival has to offer. The parade can last up to two hours and attracts more than 80,000 people every year. Fans of the parade are allowed to start setting up their lawn chairs at 6 a.m. the morning of the parade.[3] . Thousands of beads, candies, Frisbees, and other miscellaneous objects are thrown from the floats each year.


  • JoTown - Cover Music
  • Matt Whal
  • Marty Viers & the Music Doctors
  • Trinity Wind Ensemble
  • Cliff and Jan Sullins
  • Bret Burns
  • Air Margaritaville - Buffet Tribute
  • Scotty Giles Duo
  • The Sea Cruisers
  • Don Middlebrook
  • Boat Drunks
  • David Paul Britton
  • The Mysterians
  • Mike Shilakes
  • Parrots of the Caribbean
  • Ionia Steel Drum Band
  • Jimmy Lewis
  • Jimmy and the Parrots


Cheeseburger has won several Michigan Fun Awards, these awards are given to Michigan festivals that go out of their way to make crazy and wacky advertisements and have a fun and eye catching marketing plan. Cheeseburger is the only festival in Michigan to place in the top five in every category of the Michigan Fun Awards. The award categories include, fun brochures, event photography, print ads, print promotional material, promotional items, promotional poster, and a website devoted to the festivals.


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