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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.

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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

 

 

Don’t Go Half-Way to Brodhead


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Brodhead is a picturesque community in Green County with much to see.  The Sugar River Trail is here also, the southern trailhead. It’s 22 miles long, going all the way to New Glarus. We began our explorations downtown, the town has a square with gazebo and picnic tables. Its called, “Tinker’s Garden.” Here is where many festivals take place, Brodhead downtown Tinker's Garden in BrodheadTinkers Garden plaque Gazebo in Brodhead, WI Across the street in a building is a mural paying homage to the railroad and depot in Brodhead. Brodhead mural We could see the restored depot from here. Inside is the museum and an engine and caboose you could go in. Unfortunately, it was closed for the season. Maybe we can get back here in the spring when it re-opens.  The Brodhead Historical Society does good work here.Brodhead Depot

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adjacent to the depot is the Veterans Memorial Park, in the center is a tall Civil War Monument.

Brodhead Civil War Memorial

After exploring downtown for a while, we headed to points just outside. Stopped by Decatur Dairy for a grilled cheese sandwich and some cheese curds. We were too late for a tour but we will go back.

Decatur Dairy in Brodhead

They even had a “cheese tree” totem pole outside, cool!

Cheese TreeAl and Laurie at Decatur Dairy in Brodhead

Speaking of tree, Brodhead also has a historic living tree called the Half-Way Tree. Indian runners used it as a marker because it was half-way between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

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Half-Way Tree Burr Oak

It’s harvest time, and that includes APPLES!  Our next stop was nearby Ten Eyck Orchard for some locally grown apples and cider. The historic round barn with the apple barn quilt are this farm’s most distinctive features. We bought some Empire apples, delicious!

Ten Eyck Orchard Round Barn

Ten Eyck Barn Quilt

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Al and Laurie at Ten Eyck Orchard

It was time to head back north towards Madison. On the way, we walked a bit on the Sugar River trail to see the famous Clarence covered bridge replica, completed in 1984.

Clarence covered Bridge in Brodhead

Come all the way to Brodhead, it’s well worth the visit!