Contest Winners Announced For The Wisconsin State Fair

Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Contest Auction will be held Aug. 9 at State Fair.

Published on: Jul 11, 2013

Dairy manufacturers from throughout the state submitted close to 300 entries for the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest, which took place June 27 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. The contest featured 25 classes.

The 2013 Grand Master Cheesemaker, along with this year's other winning cheesemakers, will be recognized during the Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Auction on Friday, Aug. 9 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. The Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Auction, which features the sale of the blue-ribbon entries, is a fundraiser for the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board. Auction proceeds fund scholarships for students pursuing dairy-related degrees and support the House of Moo dairy education center, as well as the Wisconsin State Fair Milking Demonstrations.

Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Contest Auction will be held Aug. 9 at State Fair
Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Contest Auction will be held Aug. 9 at State Fair

The top entries in each class include:

Mild Cheddar
Terry Lensmire, Agropur, Weyauwega, Cheddar, 99.5
David Schmidt, Agropur, Weyauwega, Cheddar, 99.45
Dale Schmidt, Land O'Lakes, Kiel, Cheddar, 99.25

Aged Cheddar
Dale Schmidt, Land O'Lakes, Kiel, Aged Cheddar, 99.4
Luke Kopecky, Land O'Lakes, Kiel, Aged Cheddar, 99.1
Dan Stearns, Agropur, Weyauwega, Aged Cheddar, 98.8

Colby, Monterey Jack
Team Black Creek, Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, Colby, 99.55
Team Black Creek, Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, Monterey Jack, 99.3
Joe Widmer, Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Theresa, Traditional Stirred Curd Colby, 99.25

Swiss Styles
Team Emmi Roth, Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, Petite Swiss, 99.15
Silvan Blum, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Swiss Wheel, 98.35
Mike Nelson, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Baby Swiss Block, 98.0

Brick, Muenster
John (Randy) Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, Muenster, 99.45
Gary Grossen, Babcock Hall Dairy Plant, Madison, Brick, 99.3
John (Randy) Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, Brick, 99.25

Mozzarella
Pat Doell, Agropur, Luxemburg, Low Moisture Mozzarella, 99.45
Terry Lensmire, Agropur, Luxemburg, Low Moisture Mozzarella, 99.3
Terry Lensmire, Agropur, Luxemburg, Low Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella, 98.9

Blue Veined Cheese
Nelson Schrock, Salemville Cheese Co-op, Cambria, Blue Cheese, 99.05
Team Emmi Roth, Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, Buttermilk Blue, 97.7
Mike Vetterkind, North Hendren Co-op Dairy, Willard, Blue Cheese, 97.2

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Feta
Micah Klug, Agropur, Weyauwega, Feta, 99.0
Steve Webster, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Feta in Brine, 98.6
Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Feta In Brine, 98.55

Flavored Pepper Cheese
Steve Stettler, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Havarti With Jalapeño Peppers, 98.95
Team Emmi Roth, Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, Jalapeño Havarti, 98.6
Jon Jay Lewis, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Havarti Pepper, 98.5

Flavored Soft Cheese
Team Clock Shadow Creamery, Clock Shadow Creamery, Milwaukee, Quark With Maple Syrup, 99.6
George Crave, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Waterloo, Marinated Fresh Mozzarella, 99.5
Steve Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Peppercorn Feta in Brine, 99.45

Flavored Semi-Soft Cheese
Luke Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Dill Havarti, 98.8
Ron Buholzer, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Dill Havarti, 98.7
Ron Bechtolt, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Dill Havarti, 98.65

Smoked Flavored Cheese
Holland's Family Cheese Team, Holland's Family Cheese, Thorp, Smoked Gouda, 99.65
Dennis Schliem, Zimmerman Cheese, South Wayne, Smoked Brick, 99.6
Mike Tourdot, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Natural Smoked Baby Swiss, 99.5

Flavored Hard Cheese
Mike Matucheski, Sartori Company, Plymouth, Espresso BellaVitano, 99.15
Mike Matucheski, Sartori Company, Plymouth, Chai BellaVitano, 99.1
Mike Matucheski, Sartori Company, Plymouth, Balsamic BellaVitano, 98.7

Smear Ripened Cheese
Nathan Leopold, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Limburger, 99.05
Team Emmi Roth, Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, Raclette, 98.8
Myron Olson, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Limburger, 97.9

Cold Pack Cheese, Cheese Food
Ross Burrison, Scott's of Wisconsin, Sun Prairie, Creamy Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack, 99.65
Phil Lindemann, Pine River Pre-Pack, Newton, Garlic & Herb Cold Pack, 99.6
Ross Burrison, Scott's of Wisconsin, Sun Prairie, Bacon Cheddar Cold Pack, 99.55

Pasteurized Process Cheese, Cheese Food, Cheese Spread
Ralph Schultz, Associated Milk Producers, Portage, Pasteurized Process American, 99.05
John Breene, Dairy Farmers of America, Plymouth, Pasteurized Process American, 97.85
Russ Evans, Associated Milk Producers, Portage, Pasteurized Process American, 97.35

Reduced Fat or Lite Cheese
Dick LaBlanc, Foremost Farms, Clayton, Non Smoked Reduced Fat Provolone, 99.55
Micah Klug, Agropur, Weyauwega, Reduced Fat Feta, 98.6
Steve Webster, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Reduced Fat Feta, 97.9

Open Class - Soft and Spreadable Cheese
George Crave, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Waterloo, Mascarpone, 99.35
Team Clock Shadow Creamery, Clock Shadow Creamery, Milwaukee, Quark, 97.95
Sid Cook, Carr Valley Cheese, LaValle, Creama Kasa, 97.3

Open Class - Semi-Soft Cheese
Gary Grossen, Babcock Hall Dairy Plant, Madison, Gouda, 99.55
Ron Bechtolt, Klondike Cheese Co., Monroe, Havarti, 99.5
Steve Stettler, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Havarti, 99.4

Open Class – Hard Cheese
Joel Pagel, Sartori Company, Plymouth, Classic Asiago, 98.8
Saxon Creamery Team, Saxon Creamery, Cleveland, Saxony Alpine, 98.55
Bruce Workman, Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, Cellar Aged Grass Based Gouda, 98.45

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Flavored Goat Milk Cheese
Douglas Waechter, Montchevre-Betin, Belmont, Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese, 99.55
Jean Rossard, Montchevre-Betin, Belmont, Cranberry Cinnamon Goat Cheese, 99.4
Martin Chavez, Montchevre-Betin, Belmont, Four Pepper Goat Cheese, 99.05

Natural Goat Milk Cheese
Sid Cook, Carr Valley Cheese, LaValle, Cave Aged Cardona, 99.45
Martin Chavez, Montchevre-Betin, Belmont, Bucheron, 99.25
Douglas Waechter, Montchevre-Betin, Belmont, Crumble Plain, 99.0

Latin American Cheese
John (Randy) Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, Queso Quesadilla, 99.0
John (Randy) Pitman, Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, Asadero, 98.85
Brian Mundt, Mexican Cheese Producers, Darlington, Fresco Natural Bucket, 98.65

Sheep & Mixed Milk Cheese
Bob Koenig, Carr Valley Cheese, LaValle, Menage, 98.9
Mike Matucheski, Sartori Company, Plymouth, Pastorale Blend, 98.85
Sid Cook, Carr Valley Cheese, LaValle, Caso Bolo Mellage, 97.95

Butter
John Thompson, Foremost Farms USA, Reedsburg, Salted Butter, 99.75
Greg Wollin, Foremost Farms USA, Reedsburg, Salted Butter, 99.45
Roy Philippi, Graf Creamery, Bonduel, Salted Butter, 99.2

Source: Wisconsin State Fair