Wherein a tiny town in Southwest Washington celebrates its heritage...
Situated between Longview and Centralia in Southwest Washington, for many of us Toledo is one of those exits off of I-5 that we blithely pass by on our way between Portland, Seattle and points beyond.
But think again because coming up soon, this might be an exit worth taking (Exit 68, FYI). Every second weekend in July this town of about 700 people holds a festival - a cheese festival. Called Toledo Cheese Days, it's a community celebration of a cheese factory that once operated in the town. While the factory closed in the 1940s, Toledo has turned its heritage into a reason to celebrate. There's a car show, a parade and all manner of other events including lots of kids activities.
Cheese? Well, there's not going to be a huge amount of that (though I do see accounts of free cheese sandwiches at past festivals) as there will be fun and good cheer all around. Seems that for these folks cheese is a good reason for a celebration, and I can't say I blame them.
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Toledo Cheese Days
July 9-11, 2010 in Toledo, Washington
(and every second weekend in July)