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Wisconsin State Fair Announces Cheese and Butter Winners

Wisconsin State Fair Announces Cheese and Butter Winners
Grand Master Cheesemaker and other winning cheesemakers will be recognized Aug. 8 at Wisconsin State Fair.

This year's winning cheesemakers, along with the 2014 Grand Master Cheesemaker will be recognized at the Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Auction. The auction will feature the sale of the blue-ribbon entires and will be held Aug. 8, at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. This fundraiser helps with the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board and all proceeds fund scholarships for students pursuing dairy-related degrees and support the House of Moo dairy education center.

Dairy manufacturers from throughout the state submitted nearly 350 entries for the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, which took place June 26 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. The contest featured 26 classes.

Grand Master, Other Winning Cheesemakers Announced

The top entries in each class include:

Mild Cheddar
Team Foremost Farms, Foremost Farms USA, Marshfield, Cheddar, 99.1
Dan Stearns, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Cheddar, 99.05
Terry Lensmire, Agropur, Weyauwega, Cheddar, 98.8

Aged Cheddar
Team Foremost Farms, Foremost Farms USA, Marshfield, Aged Cheddar, 99.88
Todd Lippert, Foremost Farms USA, Lancaster, Aged Cheddar, 99.6
Team Black Creek, Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, Aged Cheddar, 99.25

Colby, Monterey Jack
Jeff Wideman, Maple Leaf Cheese, Monroe, Monterey Jack, 98.95
Richard Lechner, Lynn Dairy, Granton, Monterey Jack, 98.0
Team Foremost Farms, Foremost Farms USA, Marshfield, Monterey Jack, 97.45

Swiss Styles
Jamie Fahrney, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Baby Swiss Block, 98.95
Silvan Blum, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Swiss Wheel, 98.55
Mike Nelson, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Baby Swiss Block, 98.0

Brick, Muenster
Jon Jay Lewis, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Muenster, 99.53
Dennis Schliem, Zimmerman Cheese, South Wayne, Brick, 99.2
Josh Johnson, Zimmerman Cheese, South Wayne, Brick, 99.0

Mozzarella
Roger Krohn, Agropur, Luxemburg, Low Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella, 99.88
Pat Doell, Agropur, Luxemburg, Low Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella, 99.8
Terry Lensmire, Agropur, Luxemburg, Low Moisture Mozzarella, 99.75

String Cheese
Cesar Luis, Cesar's Cheese, Random Lake, Hand-Stretched String Cheese, 98.7
Dan Knaus, Weyauwega Star Dairy, Weyauwega, String Cheese, 97.8
Mike Knaus, Weyauwega Star Dairy, Weyauwega, String Cheese, 96.75

Blue Veined Cheese
Andy Koenig, Lake Country Dairy, Turtle Lake, Gorgonzola, 99.3
Saputo Specialty Cheese Team, Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, Blue Cheese, 99.1
Gary Humboldt, Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, Blue Cheese, 99.05

Feta
Jim Demeter, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Feta in Brine, 99.4
Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Feta In Brine, 98.75
Saputo Specialty Cheese Team, Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, Mediterranean Feta, 98.35

Flavored Pepper Cheese
Marieke Penterman, Holland's Family Cheese, Thorp, Gouda Jalapeño, 99.5
Dan Reed, Chula Vista Cheese, Browntown, Queso Quesadilla With Jalapeño Peppers, 99.35
Dave Lindgren, Lynn Dairy, Granton, Monterey Jack With Jalapeño Peppers, 99.33

Flavored Soft Cheese
Terry Lensmire, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Feta With Basil & Tomato, 99.8
Micah Klug, Trega Foods, Weyauwega, Feta With Basil & Tomato, 99.1
Jim Demeter, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Mediterranean Herb Feta, 99.05

Flavored Semi-Soft Cheese
John (Randy) Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, Caraway Muenster, 99.65
John (Randy) Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, Caraway Brick, 99.6
Marieke Penterman, Holland's Family Cheese, Thorp, Gouda Black Pepper Mix, 99.53

Smoked Flavored Cheese
Dennis Schliem, Zimmerman Cheese, South Wayne, Smoked Brick, 99.45
Roger Larson, Maple Leaf Cheese, Monroe, Smoked Gouda, 99.4
Marieke Penterman, Holland's Family Cheese, Thorp, Smoked Gouda, 98.95

Flavored Hard Cheese
Mike Matucheski, Sartori Company, Antigo, Chai BellaVitano, 99.2
Mike Matucheski, Sartori Company, Antigo, Rosemary & Olive Oil BellaVitano, 99.1
Mike Matucheski, Sartori Company, Antigo, Balsamic BellaVitano, 98.75

Smear Ripened Cheese
Chris Roelli, Roelli Cheese Company, Shullsburg, Little Mountain, 99.75
Team Emmi Roth, Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, Grand Cru Surchoix, 99.45
Team Emmi Roth, Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, Grand Cru Reserve, 99.35

Cold Pack Cheese, Cheese Food
Dan Steeno, Pine River Pre-Pack, Newton, Aged Asiago Cold Pack, 99.2
Brian Storm, Lactalis USA, Merrill, Black Merlot & Cheddar Cold Pack, 99.08
Cole Binversie, Pine River Pre-Pack, Newton, Garlic & Herb Cold Pack, 99.0

Pasteurized Process Cheese, Cheese Food, Cheese Spread
Russ Evans, Associated Milk Producers, Portage, Pasteurized Process American, 99.8
Shawn Schult, Lactalis USA, Merrill, Wee Brie, 99.65
Russ Evans, Associated Milk Producers, Portage, Pasteurized Process Hot Pepper Cheese, 99.6

Reduced Fat or Lite Cheese
John Wahl, Foremost Farms USA, Clayton, Reduced Fat Provolone, 99.25
Larry VanDusen, Edelweiss Town Hall Cheese, Monticello, Reduced Fat Lacey Swiss, 98.95
Jim Demeter, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Reduced Fat Feta in Brine, 98.85

Open Class - Soft and Spreadable Cheese
Ben Shibler, BelGioioso Cheese, Green Bay, Mascarpone, 99.85
Andy Koenig, Lake Country Dairy, Turtle Lake, Rich & Creamy Mascarpone, 99.83
Andy Koenig, Lake Country Dairy, Turtle Lake, Thick & Smooth Mascarpone, 99.8

Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
Steve Stettler, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Havarti, 99.15
Brett Krattiger, Maple Leaf Cheese, Monroe, Gouda, 99.1
Gary Grossen, Babcock Hall Dairy Plant, Madison, Gouda, 98.8

Open Class – Hard Cheese
Saxon Creamery Team, Saxon Cheese, Cleveland, Saxony Alpine, 99.8
Team Emmi Roth, Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, Private Reserve, 99.7
Joel Pagel, Sartori Company, Antigo, Classic Asiago, 99.65

Flavored Goat Milk Cheese
Jaimie Hoffman, Woolwich Dairy USA, Lancaster, Blueberry Vanilla Chevrai, 99.7
Jaimie Hoffman, Woolwich Dairy USA, Lancaster, Bruschetta Chevrai, 99.13
Adam Knapp, Woolwich Dairy USA, Lancaster, Fine Herb Chevrai, 99.05

Natural Goat Milk Cheese
Ron Henningfeld, Clock Shadow Creamery, Milwaukee, Chevre, 98.4
Pam Hodgson, Sartori Company, Plymouth, Extra-Aged Goat Cheese, 98.15
Adam Knapp, Woolwich Dairy USA, Lancaster, Original Chevrai, 97.35

Latin American Cheese
Nick Siedschlag, Chula Vista Cheese, Browntown, Queso Quesadilla, 99.35
John (Randy) Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, Asadero, 99.3
Tim Pehl, Chula Vista Cheese, Browntown, Queso Quesadilla, 98.65

Sheep & Mixed Milk Cheese
Tony Ellis, BelGioioso Cheese, Green Bay, Crumbly Gorgonzola, 99.05
Bob Wills, Cedar Grove Cheese, Plain, Ovella, 98.8
Sid Cook, Carr Valley Cheese, LaValle, Mobay, 98.7

Butter
Jane McKeever, Foremost Farms USA, Reedsburg, Salted Butter, 99.6
Don Much, Grassland Dairy Products, Greenwood, Salted Butter, 99.5
Jay Winter, Graf Creamery, Bonduel, Unsalted Butter, 99.25

Source: Wisconsin State Fair
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