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Record entries for U.S. cheese championships at Lambeau Field

9:11 AM, Mar. 10, 2013
Ken Neumeier smells a piece of cheese while judging the Cheddar, 'Mild' Class 1 cheese during the United States Championship Cheese Contest on March 17, 2009, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Ken Neumeier smells a piece of cheese while judging the Cheddar, 'Mild' Class 1 cheese during the United States Championship Cheese Contest on March 17, 2009, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
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Lambeau Field and cheese are like peanut butter and jelly, beer and peanuts and ... um ... cheese and crackers. A natural match.

The U.S. Championship Cheese Contest returns to Lambeau on Tuesday and Wednesday for the third time, and with its third consecutive record-entry total: 1,702 and counting. The biennial event had 1,604 entries in 2011 and 1,360 in 2009.

"I think it reflects the growth in the varieties being produced out there," said John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. ...

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