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  Watonga Cheese Festival, Watonga, Oklahoma

Celebrate Cheese & Wine in downtown Watonga!

2014 DATES:

Friday, October 10th

Saturday, October 11th
For just $5, you get a two-day pass. 
12 and under-  FREE
Your pass get you admission into the armory, tent, cheese tasting, and two-days of live entertainment on two stages.

Help us choose the People's Choice Award!

You are invited to help us choose the People's Choice Award.  Sample our selection of all- Oklahoma wine, and choose your favorite.  With additional admission into the newly renovated winery tasting room, you will receive a souvenir glass.  (21 and over only.)Cheese & Wine

This will also be the second year of the Wine Competition.  Watonga Cheese Festival has partnered with Oklahoma Grape Industry Council (OGIC) to host the statewide wine competition, featuring an esteemed panel of judges from throughout Oklahoma. 

Although the judges have chosen their favorites, it's time to choose yours!

Check out the 2014 Wine Competition Winners while your at the Festival.

Art & Crafts Vendors

Our Festival offers collections of oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels, photography and graphics, plus pottery and sculpture. Demonstrations are given throughout the Festival. Plan to take home a work of art by shopping at the Art Show where you'll find inspiration for your home or office by artists from around the state, working in several different mediums.

We also have hundreds of booths of tempting bargains including home-made crafts, foods, home decor and gifts.

Fiber Arts Show

Our Festival also includes a fiber arts show which offers: spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, felting, lace making, braiding, dyeing raising fiber animals and plants and more.  To participate as an artist in the 'Fiber Arts' Show, contact Donna Smith at 580-623-0637.

Quilt Show

Regionally made, mostly hand-stitched quilts are hung and displayed for viewing.  From Grandma's quilts to professional artists, this show offers examples of many different styles of quilts.

Cheese and more cheese

Our little town is famous for cheese so come out and enjoy tasting many kinds of cheeses, cheese dips, and cheese balls. If you find something you like, it is available for purchase from Kiwanis.  While your at it, pick up our cookbook full of cheese receipes.

Not only do we have  Cheese...

We also have bbq, fried onions,homemade lemonade, hotdogs, and much more!

Love all things OK?

So do we! Not only do we love Oklahoma wine, we love all things MADE IN OKLAHOMA, that why we have created a tent just to feature Oklahoma made items.


We have two stages with daily entertainment featuring music, karaoke, street dance, and NEW THIS YEAR- BMX Show!


RAT RACE: Races start at Noble House, 112 N. Noble .1 mile Fun Run, 5k & 10k

CLASSIC CARS AND MOTORCYCLES: From hot rods to classics, drifters to rail jobs there is a category for everyone!  Old, New, 2 wheel or 4, fully restored or a work in progress - we welcome you to participate.  $20 registration includes entry in the show, parade entry, dash plaque and 1 All Access Pass to the Watonga Cheese Festival. All class winners receive a trophy.  For information call 580-791-1127 or 580-623-5452.

PARADE: Our wonderful parade has motorcycles, bands, fire trucks, and real cowboys participating- it is a great experience.  Starts at 12:00 p.m. on Noble Street.

RACE THE RAIL:  Cyclists ride from Watonga to Geary, then back.  The train will begin in Geary heading north to Watonga at not more than 10 mph.  So as riders are traveling South, they will meet the train and begin the chase to hopefully pass the train on the return trip to Watonga.

For more information contact:

Andy Barrett, Festival Director or

Sharon Queenie, Chamber Director

Watonga Cheese & Wine Festival
PO Box 537
Watonga, OK 73772
Sponsored by the Watonga Chamber of Commerce


2014 Wine Competition Gold Medal Winners!

Best In Show-Knudson Cup Winner

Semi Sweet White: Summerside Vineyards and Winery, Riesling 2012

Best Oklahoma White Wine

Semi Sweet White: Summerside Vineyards and Winery, Riesling 2012

Best Oklahoma Rose Wine

Dry Rose: Whirlwind Winery, Romance 2012

Best Oklahoma Red Wine

Sweet Red: Yippee Ay-O-K, Truckin' Red 2013

Best Non-Oklahoma White Wine

Sweet White: Oak Hills Winery, Catawba 2013

Best Non-Oklahoma Rose Wine

Semi- Sweet Fruit: Oak Hills Winery, Plum 2012

Best Non-Oklahoma Red Wine

Dry Red: Native Spirits, Laughing Coyote

Congratulations Winners! Good luck next year!

We were featured on KSBI! Click the below link to watch the Oklahoma Live segment about the competition and how Festival attendees can participate:

Cheese & Wine on KSBI

Race The Rail!
aturday, October 11th
Bicyclist will be challenged to race the train from Watonga to Geary and back while the train just travels from Geary to Watonga. Interesting!


Big Parade
On Saturday at noon is our annual parade.  We feature cars, cowboys, businesses, tractors, and much more!

More about Watonga
Watonga is Oklahoma's Cheese capital! Here are some fun facts:

  • We have Love's first convenience store, heck we are home to the famous voice of Donald Duck. 
  • Watonga is named after the Arapaho Chief,  Wa-Ah-Dan-Ga-Ah, which means Black Coyote
  • Roman Nose State Park is named for the last warrior-chief of the Cheyenne Indians
  • Nereby 18- acre Boecher Lake and 55-acre Lake Watonga make for great fishing, camping and recreation.
  • Enjoy a casino evening at Feather Warrior Casino, just two blocks south of town.
  • By the way, Watonga Cheese is available for purchase all year-around at The Plant Place, 301 West Russworm.

2014 Wine Competition Winners!

ITS NOT TOO LATE! Be a part of our Festival!

Vendor Form
Concession Form
Art Show Form
Parade Form
Food Contest Form


Rat Race
Big Parade
Race The Rail
Car Show


Art Show
Food Contest

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Thank you to our
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Sponsors - 2013

Mercy Hospital Watonga

Apple Market, Watonga OK

Cornerstone Bank Watonga

Corrections Corporation of America

First State Bank Watonga

Wheeler Brothers Grain Watonga

Hutch's Convenience stores


Mr. & Mrs. GL Alexander

Aylward Insurance

Cimarron Electric

Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Crawford

Deweese Oil

End O' Main

Erma's Package Store

Hi-Tech Designs

Lamothe Electric

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Major

Noble House Restaurant/B&B

Lou Rother

F. Doug Shirley, Atty.

US Gypsum

BJ Webb


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