Cheese Days 2016 Amabassador

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Jana Duval Crandall, 2016 CHEESE DAYS AMBASSADOR

Jana Duval Crandall grew up on her family’s farm, Hefty-Blum Homestead Farms, in the New Glarus/Monticello area. The farm’s history dates back to 1848 and is one of the historical sites of Green County, known for its beautifully preserved Swiss Stone Barn. She participated in 4-H from grade school through middle school and became involved with FFA during high school.

To finalize her college requirements, Jana held an internship with Quest Industrial, a robotic automation integrator located in Monroe, specializing in designing and creating equipment for the dairy industry. Following her graduation from University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in Business Administration and a double emphasis in Marketing and Management, she immediately accepted the offered position of Marketing Manager & Business Administration Coordinator with Quest Industrial.  Crandall manages Quest Industrial’s marketing presence within the dairy industry through trade shows, social media, email campaigns, advertising, web design, and branding.

Jana looks forward to meeting the public in her role as ambassador over the next two years. She will play a crucial role in connecting with both locals and visitors to honor the achievements of Green County’s respected and well-known dairy and agricultural heritage. “Coming from a Swiss background, it will be an enjoyable experience to help promote an event that some of my family has been involved in,” she stated.

“Our heritage tends to be accentuated during the Cheese Days festival,” Crandall said, “but what people don’t fully understand is we are like this the whole year! It isn’t unusual for us to try new varieties of artisan cheese, yodel, polka, milk cows and laugh while doing it, or to enjoy live music and a local brew around the Square in downtown Monroe. We are Swiss, Norwegian, German, English and proud of where and who we descend from – with that said, I invite everyone to come and experience a taste of what Green County has to offer.”