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Cheesemakers honored during opening ceremony
Area cheesemakers were honored during the opening ceremony of Cheese Days Friday. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - The opening ceremony for Cheese Days 2014 was like no other before it. On the 100th anniversary of the grandest festival in Green County, for the first time in its history, the Procession of Cheesemakers highlighted 15 of the area's leading cheesemakers, who took their rightful places at center stage among Cheese Days royalty and ambassadors Friday afternoon. Special guest John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheesemakers Association, introduced the cheese masters - some of the best in the world, as well as Ivan and Marlene Gobeli, who made cheese at the now-closed Franklin Cheese Factory, southwest of Monroe.