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Join The Nation’s Respected and Honored Cheese & Butter Competition!

Key Dates:
    Entries Delivered:  March 1, 2013
    Contest Judging: March 12 - 13, 2013

Welcome to the 17th biennial 2013 United States Championship Cheese Contest, your opportunity to vie for prestigious awards in 82 cheese and butter classes. The contest will be held in the beautiful Atrium of historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The United States Championship Cheese Contest, presented by the non-profit Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, is an objective, technical evaluation of cheeses and butters, awarding gold, silver and bronze medals to the top finishers in 82 classes, with only one cheese earning each medal within the class.  A Championship Round evaluates gold medal cheeses from each class to declare a United States Champion Cheese, and a First and Second Runner Up for the contest.

The United States Championship Cheese Contest continues to grow and change, prompted by innovations among cheesemakers, strong contest participation and your input and suggestions.  In 2011, the Contest grew to 1,604 entries from 30 states. This year, the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest will add six (6) classes for a total of 82 classes for cheese and butter. A complete list of classes can be found here.

RECEIPT OF ENTRIES
Cheesemakers and buttermakers around the nation are invited to enter the contest online or by submitting paper entry forms. Payment of entry fees must accompany the entry forms. The final deadline for submitting entry forms and fees is February 13, 2013.

Each contest entry, carefully packaged, must arrive at our shipping destination by Friday, March 1, 2013.

FIRST ROUND OF JUDGING
The United States Championship Cheese Contest is a technical assessment of cheese and butter by class. On March 12, our expert evaluators will begin their work in teams of two and independently evaluate entries in a class. Starting with a maximum possible 100 points, each entry is examined for defects. Deductions are then taken for each defect. Defects are noted in the areas of flavor, body and texture, salt, color, finish, packaging and other appropriate attributes. Deductions are made in 0.1 point increments. Thus, each entry is judged on its own merits against what the judge considers perfection for that product.  Contest entrants receive a clear, concise technical evaluation of their product from experts.

A Gold medal, Silver medal and Bronze medal are awarded to the highest scoring entries in each class, with only one cheese earning each medal within the class.

THE UNITED STATES CHAMPION ROUND
Cheeses earning a Gold medal are judged a second time to determine the United States Champion Cheese. The entire panel of judges evaluates these top finishers and the cheese which earns the highest average score is named the United States Champion. The next two highest scores are awarded First and Second Runner-Up.

Like the first round, the Championship Round is open to the public for viewing.  The Championship Round will generate national media attention. Previous medal winners have built rewarding marketing campaigns around their success in the United States Championship Cheese Contest©.

PRIZES AND AWARDS
On April 18, during the Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, 24 karat gold medals, encased in glass, will be awarded to Best of Class winners. Silver and bronze medals, encased in glass, are awarded to second and third place entrants. In addition, blue ribbons are given to gold medalists, red ribbons to silver medalists and white ribbons to bronze winners. Exclusive, hand-crafted trophies and ribbons are presented to the United States Champion, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up.  The United States Champion cheesemaker also earns $500. 

CONTEST IN REAL-TIME
During the judging, March 12-13, 2013 visit www.uschampioncheese.org for real-time digital images from the event. During the contest, login to MyEntries© to view your scores and scoresheets, which are posted as the classes are judged.

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association looks forward to another record-breaking contest in 2013. Please contact us with any questions, and look for information and updates on our website at www.uschampioncheese.org. Telephone: 608-828-4550; fax: 608-828-4551; e-mail: info@uschampioncheese.org
 

 

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