Wisconsin State Fair Cheese and Butter Contest Winners Selected

'Grand Master Cheesemaker' will be announced Aug. 2 at State Fair.

The results are in! The winning entries have been selected for the 2007 Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest. Dairy manufacturers from throughout the state submitted more than 230 entries for competition, which took place July 13 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. The 21 classes, which featured a new pepper flavored cheese class, were evaluated in such categories as flavor, appearance and texture.

Following the contest, the judges selected a "Grand Master Cheesemaker" from those with first-place cheese entries. The "Grand Master Cheesemaker" will be announced during the Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Auction, which will take place Thursday, Aug. 2 in Saz's Hospitality Village at Wisconsin State Fair Park. The Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Auction, which features the sale of the blue-ribbon entries, is a fundraising event for the nonprofit, all-volunteer Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board. The board awards three, $1,000 student scholarships and vigorously promotes the dairy industry throughout the 11-day Wisconsin State Fair. Auction proceeds support the House of Moo educational display in the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Barn, as well as this year's opening day dairy promotion, the unveiling of the 'Grand Champion Butter Cookie,' and the board's new booth, the 'Real Wisconsin Cheese Grill,' in the Wisconsin Products Pavilion.

The top three entries in each class follow:

Cheddar
Steve Buechel, Land O'Lakes, Kiel, Cheddar, 99.15
Steve Hobbs, Land O'Lakes, Kiel, Cheddar, 98.35
Dan Stearns, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Sharp Cheddar, 98.3

Colby, Monterey Jack
Kevin Rachu, Nasonville Dairy, Marshfield, Colby Jack Blend, 99.45
Gregg Palubicki, Alto Dairy Cooperative, Waupun, Colby Jack, 98.95
Jeff Wideman, Maple Leaf Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Monterey Jack, 98.90

Swiss Styles
Jim Klein, Swiss Valley Farms, Platteville, Traditional Swiss Wheel, 99.05
Silvan Blum, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Wisconsin Swiss Wheel, 98.75
Neal Schwartz, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Baby Swiss Wheel, 98.55

Brick, Muenster
Dennis Schliem, Zimmerman Cheese, South Wayne, Brick, 99.5
JonJay Lewis, Valley View Cheese Co-op, South Wayne, Muenster, 99.35
Ron Bechtolt, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Muenster, 99.3

Mozzarella
Roger Krohn, Trega Foods, Luxemburg, Low-Moisture Mozzarella, Whole Milk, 99.3
Terry Lensmire, Trega Foods, Luxemburg, Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella, 98.75
Terry Lensmire, Trega Foods, Luxemburg, , Low-Moisture Mozzarella, Whole Milk, 98.7

String Cheese
Steven Tollers, Burnett Dairy Co-op, Grantsburg, Sting Cheese, 99.55
Joe Buechel, Baker Cheese Factory, St. Cloud, Low-Moisture Part-Skim String Cheese, 99.45
Dan Schwind, Baker Cheese Factory, St. Cloud, Low-Moisture Part-Skim String Cheese, 99.3

Blue Veined Cheese
Bryon Schroeder, Sartori Foods, Plymouth, Glacier Point Blue Cheese, 99.65
Chad Abrahamson, Saputo Cheese USA, Fond du Lac, Gorgonzola Cheese Wheels, 98.1
Mark Abel, North Hendren Co-op Dairy, Willard, Black River Gorgonzola, 97.9

Feta
Jim Demeter, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Traditional Feta, 98.0
Matt Erdley, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Feta, 97.95
Mike Schultz, Nasonville Dairy, Marshfield, Feta, 97.8

Pepper Flavored Cheese
Rob Stellrecht, Burnett Dairy Co-op, Grantsburg, String Cheese With Jalapeno & Habanero Peppers, 98.5
Tom Ramsden, Meister Cheese Co., Muscoda, Habanero Wheel, 98.45
Jim McClimans, Meister Cheese Co., Muscoda, Jalapeno Wheel, 98.4

Flavored Soft Cheese
Keith Turzinski, Lactalis USA, Merrill, Rondele Gourmet Spreadable Cheese With Garlic & Herbs, 98.85
Larry Klepps, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Peppercorn Feta, 98.4
Brian Storm Lactalis USA, Merrill, Rondele Gourmet Spreadable Cheese With Garden Vegetables, 98.25

Flavored Semi Soft Cheese
Luke Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Dill Havarti, 99.55
Steve Stettler, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Havarti Dill, 99.5
Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Dill Havarti, 99.25

Flavored Hard Cheese
Neal Schwartz, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Smoked Swiss Wheel, 98.95
Myron Olson, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Smoked Swiss Wheel, 98.7
Paul Reigle, Maple Leaf Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Maple White Cheddar, 98.0

Smear Ripened Cheese
Myron Olson, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Limburger, 98.3
Mike Tourdot, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Limburger, 97.95
Robert Bobak, Roth Kase USA, Monroe, Roth's Private Reserve, 97.55

Cold Pack Cheese, Cheese Food
Joe Widmer, Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Theresa, Washed Rind Brick Cheese Cold Pack, 99.65
Anjan Reddy, Bel Brands USA, Little Chute, Sharp Cheddar Spreadable Cheese, 99.5
Ramiro Blacutt, Bel Brands USA, Little Chute, Mixed Berry Spreadable Cream Cheese, 99.45

Pasteurized Process Cheese, Cheese Food, Cheese Spread
American Dairy Brands, Dairy Farmers of America, Plymouth, Colored Pasteurized Process American Cheese, 97.75
American Dairy Brands, Dairy Farmers of America, Plymouth, White Pasteurized Process American Cheese, 97.45
American Dairy Brands, Dairy Farmers of America, Plymouth, American Pasteurized Process American Cheese, 97.4

Reduced Fat or Lite Cheese
Tony Gessler, Lactalis USA, Merrill, Rondele Gourmet Spreadable Light Cheese With Garden Vegetables, 99.45
Jim Demeter, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Garden Variety Reduced Fat Feta, 99.1
Larry Klepps, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Reduced Fat Feta, 99.05

Open Class - Soft and Spreadable Cheese
Kurt Premo, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Waterloo, Mascarpone, 99.35
Gary Kell, Schreiber Foods, West Bend, Cream Cheese Loaf, 99.1
Lenny Bass, Lactalis USA, Belmont, Brie, 98.95

Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
Gary Grossen, Babcock Dairy Plant, Madison, Gouda, 99.55
John Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, Quesadilla, 98.5
Steve Stettler, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Havarti, 98.4

Open Class – Hard Cheese
Joel Pagel, Sartori Foods, Plymouth, Sartori Reserve SanVecchio Asiago, 99.5
Gary Domke, Sartori Foods, Plymouth, Sartori Reserve SanVecchio Parmesan, 98.75
Steve Hurd, Park Cheese Co., Fond du Lac, Asiago, 98.2

Goat, Sheep & Mixed Milk Cheese
Tom Jenny, Wisconsin Pride Cheese, Mauston, Cave Aged Marisa, 99.3
Sid Cook, Carr Valley Cheese Co., LaValle, Virgin-Pine Native Sheep, 98.75
Sid Cook, Wisconsin Pride Cheese, Mauston, Virgin-Pine Native Sheep, 98.5

WSF CHEESE & BUTTER CONTEST WINNERS SELECTED / ADD THREE


Butter
Grassland Dairy Products, Greenwood, Unsalted Butter, 99.35
Grassland Dairy Products, Greenwood, Salted Butter, 98.65
Roy Philippi, Graf Creamery, Zachow, Unsalted Butter, 98.45

The Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, is "The Grand Champion of Summer" and the Grand Champion of Value with 30 FREE entertainment stages, thousands of animals, endless family activities, events, contests, vendors and culinary delights. Celebrating 156 years of tradition, Wisconsin State Fair will take place Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 12. For the most up-to-date information call our recorded information line at 800.884.FAIR or visit wistatefair.com.

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