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Wisconsin Dairy News: Green County Cheese Days Gearing Up For 100 Year Celebration

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Monroe, WI (WXOW) - - It's a historic year for one of the state's most beloved festivals created to celebrate Wisconsin cheese!

"It is a significant year!” said Noreen Rueckert, Coordinator of Green County Cheese Days. “ We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Green County Cheese festival The first festival was held in October actually of 1914, and this year's festival will be September 19-21 right here in downtown Monroe."

"And the title Cheese Days is really appropriate for the state of Wisconsin,” said Ben Brancel, Secretary of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection in Madison, WI, “because when you travel around the world, that's what they think of Wisconsin-Cheese!"

A few weeks ago Monroe held their biennial kickoff to cheese days. This year is clearly a year to celebrate.

"100 years shows success from the start to the end,” said Brancel. “It shows how they've modified it and changed with the current situations of today versus what they were faced with."

There are only a few years during the world wars when the event had to be cancelled. Since that time, it's been every two years and people from all over the country flock to it to sample the cheeses of Wisconsin.

"The state of Wisconsin receives benefits by what they do here because every one of those guests they have, 100,000 people that will come here,” said Brancel. “And taste some of our products will look for those products in the future somewhere else wherever they might be!"

So mark your calendars for a celebration that has been a century in the making and will be for many more!

"Well it really celebrates the heart of what we are here in Green County- our Swiss heritage, our dairy farming, and our cheese making,” said Rueckert, “so it brings all three of those things together in a really happy celebration way."

Green County Cheese Days is a weekend-long event with activities for all to participate. For a listing of family friendly events and happenings, log on to www.cheesedays.com.

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