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Green County Cheese Days

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1505 9th St, Monroe, WI 53566
http://www.cheesedays.com
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History of Cheese Days See the Merchandise Page for more information on a poster featuring the complete collection of buttons seen below. 1914 Five Monroe businessmen attend Sauerkraut Day in Forreston, Illinois, and return home to prepare for Cheese...read more
History of Cheese Days See the Merchandise Page for more information on a poster featuring the complete collection of buttons seen below. 1914 Five Monroe businessmen attend Sauerkraut Day in Forreston, Illinois, and return home to prepare for Cheese Day in just 19 days Crowd size estimated at 3,000 4,000 3,000 cheese sandwiches prepared by volunteer firemen and meat cutters in the garage of the Blumer (now Joseph Huber) Brewery 200 pounds of coffee brewed to serve with the sandwiches 1915 First parade! Governor Emanuel Philipp attends festival Cheese Days program includes an Ode to Limburger Crowd size estimated at 20,000 1916 Crowd size estimated at 25,000 Festival attendees watch as Fred Steinman turns 2,000 pounds of milk into a giant wheel of cheese Festival has a Circus parade theme titled "Panorama of Cheeseland Parade is 2 miles long 15,000 cheese sandwiches given away 1917 4 mile long parade includes 150 decorated cattle led by Swiss costumed dairy maids 80 concession stands line the curbs of the Square Rudy Benkert honored as oldest cheesemaker in the county The day was marked by snow and rain, but loyal Swiss cheese fans still showed up by the thousands 1918 Cheese Days celebration cancelled due to World War I 1923 Marion Burgy of Monticello chosen as first Cheese Days Queen 85 year old Sebastian Duerst and 87 year old Oswald Babler honored as last remaining of the original Swiss colonists from New Glarus A 400 pound wheel of Swiss cheese is created on the square, requiring 4500 pounds of milk Monroe first promoted as Swiss Cheese Capital of the USA 1928 Parade features 125 floats, including chariots, trick ponies, clowns, cattle sporting Swiss cow bells, and snake charmers More than 25,000 cheese sandwiches consumed Green County is home to 152 cheese factories 1935 Cheese Days nearly fades into extinction due to the Great Depression, but is revitalized in 1935 34,000 cheese sandwiches consumed, including wheel Swiss, block Swiss, Limburger, and Brick Postmaster John Burkhard honored as Cheese Day chairman 56 former cheesemakers honored in the parade Crowd size estimated at 50,000 1940 Mrs. William Chambers of Juda wins the cow milking competition by getting nearly 20 pounds of milk from the cow in three minutes Crowd size estimated at 60,000 - 70,000 50,000 cheese sandwiches enjoyed by festival goers Turner Hall hosts jitterbug contest 1945 Cheese Days festival not held due to World War II 1950 Crowd size estimated at 90,000 60,000 cheese sandwiches distributed John Bussman wins Swiss wrestling competition 1955 Parade includes 30 old time cheesemakers, 100 saddle horses, and 16 horse teams Limburger, Brick, and Swiss cheese sandwiches enjoyed by festival goers Winner of contest to guess how many holes in a wheel of Swiss cheese receives 20 pound block of Swiss 1965 Parade consists of 160 units Cheese Days becomes a 2-day event Crowd size estimated at 125,000 Grandstand is erected on the south side of the square Donald Wenger serves as parade marshal 1967 Governor Warren Knowles attends festival UW Madison marching band plays "Come to Cheese Days" song during parade Cheese Days buttons and Swiss caps sold as souvenirs Skydivers drop in at Twining Park Sgt. Jimmie Earl Howard serves as parade marshal 1970 Cheese Days Art Fair introduced John Bussman makes cheese on the downtown Square for the first time Roger Bright Band performs Green County Ag Chest distributes cheese samples on the courthouse lawn 20 veteran cheesemakers ride in the parade Mark Winzenreid serves as parade marshal 1972 "Swiss dollars" sold as souvenirs Parade drowned out by rain Recordings of "Cheese Days in Monroe" and "A Little Bit of Switzerland" featuring Rudy Burkhalter and Martha Bernet are for sale Monroe Optimists sell their secret recipe deep fried cheese curds for the first time All current cheesemakers honored as parade marshals 1974 Alphorns blown from atop the 120-foot Green County Courthouse clock tower to herald the opening of the fe
 
 

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History of Cheese Days See the Merchandise Page for more information on a poster featuring the complete collection of buttons seen below. 1914 Five Monroe businessmen attend Sauerkraut Day in Forreston, Illinois, and return home to prepare for Cheese Day in just 19 days Crowd size estimated at 3,000 4,000 3,000 cheese sandwiches prepared by volunteer firemen and meat cutters in the garage of the Blumer (now Joseph Huber) Brewery 200 pounds of coffee brewed to serve with the sandwiches 1915 First parade! Governor Emanuel Philipp attends festival Cheese Days program includes an Ode to Limburger Crowd size estimated at 20,000 1916 Crowd size estimated at 25,000 Festival attendees watch as Fred Steinman turns 2,000 pounds of milk into a giant wheel of cheese Festival has a Circus parade theme titled "Panorama of Cheeseland Parade is 2 miles long 15,000 cheese sandwiches given away 1917 4 mile long parade includes 150 decorated cattle led by Swiss costumed dairy maids 80 concession stands line the curbs of the Square Rudy Benkert honored as oldest cheesemaker in the county The day was marked by snow and rain, but loyal Swiss cheese fans still showed up by the thousands 1918 Cheese Days celebration cancelled due to World War I 1923 Marion Burgy of Monticello chosen as first Cheese Days Queen 85 year old Sebastian Duerst and 87 year old Oswald Babler honored as last remaining of the original Swiss colonists from New Glarus A 400 pound wheel of Swiss cheese is created on the square, requiring 4500 pounds of milk Monroe first promoted as Swiss Cheese Capital of the USA 1928 Parade features 125 floats, including chariots, trick ponies, clowns, cattle sporting Swiss cow bells, and snake charmers More than 25,000 cheese sandwiches consumed Green County is home to 152 cheese factories 1935 Cheese Days nearly fades into extinction due to the Great Depression, but is revitalized in 1935 34,000 cheese sandwiches consumed, including wheel Swiss, block Swiss, Limburger, and Brick Postmaster John Burkhard honored as Cheese Day chairman 56 former cheesemakers honored in the parade Crowd size estimated at 50,000 1940 Mrs. William Chambers of Juda wins the cow milking competition by getting nearly 20 pounds of milk from the cow in three minutes Crowd size estimated at 60,000 - 70,000 50,000 cheese sandwiches enjoyed by festival goers Turner Hall hosts jitterbug contest 1945 Cheese Days festival not held due to World War II 1950 Crowd size estimated at 90,000 60,000 cheese sandwiches distributed John Bussman wins Swiss wrestling competition 1955 Parade includes 30 old time cheesemakers, 100 saddle horses, and 16 horse teams Limburger, Brick, and Swiss cheese sandwiches enjoyed by festival goers Winner of contest to guess how many holes in a wheel of Swiss cheese receives 20 pound block of Swiss 1965 Parade consists of 160 units Cheese Days becomes a 2-day event Crowd size estimated at 125,000 Grandstand is erected on the south side of the square Donald Wenger serves as parade marshal 1967 Governor Warren Knowles attends festival UW Madison marching band plays "Come to Cheese Days" song during parade Cheese Days buttons and Swiss caps sold as souvenirs Skydivers drop in at Twining Park Sgt. Jimmie Earl Howard serves as parade marshal 1970 Cheese Days Art Fair introduced John Bussman makes cheese on the downtown Square for the first time Roger Bright Band performs Green County Ag Chest distributes cheese samples on the courthouse lawn 20 veteran cheesemakers ride in the parade Mark Winzenreid serves as parade marshal 1972 "Swiss dollars" sold as souvenirs Parade drowned out by rain Recordings of "Cheese Days in Monroe" and "A Little Bit of Switzerland" featuring Rudy Burkhalter and Martha Bernet are for sale Monroe Optimists sell their secret recipe deep fried cheese curds for the first time All current cheesemakers honored as parade marshals 1974 Alphorns blown from atop the 120-foot Green County Courthouse clock tower to herald the opening of the fe