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Keeping Cheese Days alive: Past co-chair recalls when 'we put Monroe on the map'
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Dressed in a traditional Swiss milking jacket, Archie Myers, 93, is shown at Twining Valley home in Monroe. Myers co-chaired the Cheese Days event in 1965 and 1967, helping bring the event back after a ten-year hiatus. Cheese Days returned in 1970, and has been held every other September since. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
By Emily Massingill For the Times MONROE - Look at the crowds coming this weekend and it's hard to believe that Cheese Days wasn't always the booming, bustling three-day event that it is today. In fact, some believe the event might have died completely if a handful of people hadn't stepped forward to take over planning and running the festival for the 1965 event. Among those people was Monroe native Archie Myers, now 93.