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Green County Cheese Days in Monroe 2016


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Photo by Green County Cheese Days

Photo by Green County Cheese Days

It has already been two years and we got to enjoy Green County Cheese Days again.  We went in 2014 and had a wonderful time!  This time we went on a Saturday instead. No parade but many other things going on.

Al has become interested in photography during the last 2 years so we parted for several hours to cover different activities.  He took the Barn Quilt Bus Tour for $5 at 9:00.

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These two ladies, Kris Winkler and Lynn Lokken, are known as the “Barn Quilt Ladies” hosted the tour.

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Some of the barn quilts he saw.  Here is a list of  150+ barn quilts in Green County.

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Meanwhile, I stayed downtown to see what was going on the Square. Quite a bit! Music, cheese carving and making and much more!  If you come here, you better like cheese  🙂

Swiss Colony (Colony Brands) was on the square too!  A great place to get local Wisconsin-made food gifts year ’round.

swiss-colony-at-cheese-days-img_7997Their mouse mascot dressed as Santa took pictures with kids of all ages.  Here he was in the parade two years ago.

Swiss Colony Mouse at Cheese Days

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Cheese Days has a mascot of their own that made his debut in 2014, Wedgie. He is a wedge of cheese who loves getting his picture taken with everyone! He also had his picture taken with some fine representatives of Cheese Days.

Left to Right

Brodhead Dairy Queen – Elizabeth McGuire

Green County Dairy Princess – Emily Streiff

Green County Dairy Queen – Libby Beck

Argyle Dairy Queen – Stephnie James

Juda Dairy Queen – Sharlene Swedlund

 

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The Fried Cheese curds are the biggest attraction. Lines are usually quite long to get these, but I got them without a long wait.  It’s $5 for a serving, delicious!  Sold by the Monroe Optimist Club.

Cheese curd booth at Cheese Days in Monroe

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Fried Cheese Curds at Cheese Days in Monroe

For the really brave people, there was a Limburger Cheese Challenge. Dare you eat some of the stinkiest cheese ever made?  I admit, I wasn’t brave enough (yet)!

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To see the long version video of our day (2 hours-45 minutes), see below.

I stayed downtown to see how a wheel of Swiss Cheese was made in the Old World, and in the U.S. before the large cheese factories we have today.  It was fascinating! The demonstration hosted many Master Cheesemakers and we learned so much! Watch the long video to see everything I did.

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Cheese Making booth at Cheese Days

At the end you could get a great selfie taken, pretending to make cheese. Fun!

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Here is a 15-minute edited version of the cheese making demo.

The brown Swiss Cows were also brought out for the public to meet and greet them 🙂

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Just off the square was a small carnival put on by:

CHRISTMAN AMUSEMENTS

JIM CHRISTMAN
PO BOX 195
WAUTOMA, WI 54982
 920-787-7735

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Again, another GREAT Cheese Days festival. We hope to come back in 2018!

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Swiss Cheese Wheel at Cheese Days

 

 

2nd Annual Wisconsin Cheese Curdfest


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Curdfest sign

Curdfest took place the same day as Ride the Drive and on our way back home and it looked like a lot of fun. It took place at the Madison Mallard’s baseball team stadium. Cheese is big business in Wisconsin and cheese curds are a favorite snack. This festival serves cheese curds from MANY businesses and you have the chance to vote for your favorite!

Cheese Curd ballot

There was quite a crowd when we arrived, we realized it would be the last time inside these gates until our first game next summer. We got in line at the Curd Girl food cart. This was the only cart we stopped at and cash was low. We made a good choice though, they were delicious!

Curdfest Curd Girlfood cart

Fried Cheese Curds at Curdfest

There was so much more to see, a petting zoo for the kids drew a crowd. The animals were so cute!

Petting Zoo Collage

 

We also had music by the Hometown Sweethearts as a great background to all the fun.

Hometown Sweethearts band at Curdfest

 

For a great time and great curds, come to Curdfest!

Curdfest at Madison Mallards in Madison

Green County Historical Museum in Monroe – Part 3


9-21-14 Green County Historical Museum

We missed going to this museum last year when we were visiting, and it happened to be open during Cheese Days, so we stopped in.  Admission is $2 for adults, but Al got in for free because he has a mustache. They were celebrating their new display of mustache cups on display for the 2014 season.

Green County Historical Museum

A history of this former church.

Monroe Universalist Church history

Mustache cups

Mustache cups in Monroe

 The museum has a great many Green county and Monroe artifacts for viewing.

Green County Museum inside in Monroe

You can see the Standard Oil Red Crown gas pump globe that was once at a Standard gas station in Monroe. It was restored and is working again!

Standard Oil Red Crown pump globe

 Another artifact that was  also working that was a great surprise, an Edison cylinder phonograph with a 1910 recording of “The Old Folks at Home” (Swanee River).  Our guide played it for us, thanks!

Here is a kitchen display.

Green County Museum kitchen display

A vintage cash register, still looks great!

Cash register at Green County Museum

Cheese Days has been a big tradition in Monroe for 100 years. they had on display the 45 produced in 1967. It remains the official theme to this day. Listen to it here, with a slide show of this year’s festivities.

Cheese Days in Monroe song

We went to the 2nd floor for more displays in the former church.  On the way up were antique record players, including the Edison cylinder record player.  Also a sleigh.

Sleigh at Green County Museum

On the 2nd floor, wow! The stained glass windows were gorgeous!  We were told that each window piece was carefully removed and cleaned and re-assembled. Hard work but the results show!

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Very realistic Swiss wood sculptures on display.

Swiss Wood sculptures in Monroe

After touring the inside of the museum, we saw the one-room Bethel schoolhouse right next to it. The school was in use in 1906. By 1970 it was moved next to the museum and restored.

Bethel School in Monroe

Bethel School inside in Monroe

At the end of our tour we got a book, “The Story of Monroe- Its Past and It’s Progress Toward the Present” for the Cheese Days special price of $5. What a great addition to our Wisconsin history reference books!

The Story of Monroe book

What a great tour! Monroe lives up to its slogan, this friendly community keeps you coming back!

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