Everything You Need to Know About Sparta Butterfest

The Sparta Butterfest has grown from a small town festival to an event that attracts thousands of people. Every year, on the second week of June, attendees gather for a variety of competitions, events, and food.

For more information on Sparta Butterfest and other local attractions, be sure to check out our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s packed with everything you need to know to make your trip to the Driftless region a success!


Sparta Butterfest History

In the early ’80s, this festival got its start as a celebration for the city’s bi-centennial. The name “Butterfest” evolved from Sparta’s notoriety for the award-winning butter makers from the local milk plant. The “Miss Sparta Pageant” began a couple of years later, and is currently a part of the Miss America organization as a festival pageant.

Over the years, the festival has grown and expanded to a three-day event that brings in significant revenue for the community. And now, it’s a large, fun, weekend the whole family can enjoy!


Butterfest Events

A wide array of events packs the Sparta Butterfest weekend full of fun! Here are a few of our can’t-miss favorites!

1. Parade

The Sunday Butterfest Parade is a parade done right. With music, floats, dance teams, horses, old cars, and more, you can’t go wrong.

2. Fleamarket

Is there anything better than a great deal on a gorgeous day? The Sparta Butterfest Arts and Crafts Fleamarket is a treasure trove of items from lots of vendors.

3. Carnival

The carnival is a classic…would it even be a real festival without one? The carnival offers lots of different rides so that kids of all ages can enjoy. And don’t forget about Wristband Day (Sunday), where a wristband purchase gets you unlimited rides from 12-4.

4. Miss Sparta Pageant

This preliminary pageant for the Miss America Pageant offers scholarships and prizes for the winner. There’s always great talent to be found! Younger girls also enjoy competing in the Teen or Jr. Miss pageants.

5. Too Many Events to Name!

Truly, we know you’ll enjoy the activities offered at Sparta Butterfest! Where else can you compete in a Cornhole Beanbag Tournament or a Milking Contest? And if you like sports, there’s the Softball Tournament, the Golf Tournament, and the Sparta 5k run/2m walk. You can even compete in a Poker contest.


Butterfest Food and Entertainment

Food vendors come from all over to make sure your eating and drinking needs are met! With a wide selection, you’re sure to find all your old favorites and new favorites too!

Of course the Miss Sparta Pageant is entertaining, but there’s also other free stage performances by local bands and acts. Dancing performances abound as well, including belly dancing!


Wind Down at Westby House

After you spend your day touring the marshes, indulging in delicious food, and playing with your loved ones, we invite you back to the Westby House Inn for the indulgence of comfort and luxury. Our well-appointed rooms were created with your relaxation in mind, and our daily gourmet breakfast will start each morning off on the right foot. For more great inspiration as you plan your trip to our area, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. We would love to be your hosts for an incredible trip to the Driftless area of Wisconsin!