Cheeseburger in Caseville is a festival that takes place in Caseville, Michigan. Cheeseburger is a festival in tribute to Jimmy Buffet, and different types of cheeseburgers. The 10-day long festival takes place in the final weeks of 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.
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. What started as a three-day weekend has turned into a 10-day festival that includes concerts, fireworks, and, the highlight of the festival, The Parade of Tropical Fools.
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 50,000 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. Thousands of beads, candies, Frisbees, and other miscellaneous objects are thrown from the floats each year.
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.