Cheese Days

CAMPING INFORMATION

Camping is available at the Green County Fairgrounds. The Cheese Days office is unable to take reservations; please call the Fairgrounds at 608.325.9655 or visit their website:
greencountyfair.net/site/camping/


CELL PHONE SERVICE

The predominant carrier in the area is US Cellular.  Due to the high volume of calls and data being used, service may be somewhat slower than usual - but in 2014 there were very few problems.  Verizon customers did experience issues in 2014, but Verizon has assured us that due to a tower upgrade they are now able to provide 2x the capacity as in the past.  They will also boost tower power during the event.  The Verizon rep gave this statement:  "Over the past year or two we’ve been focused more on permanent investments in the communities we serve rather than rolling in temporary assets. This way the community continues to benefit even after the event has come and gone."

If you are concerned about communications with friends and family while at the festival, we recommend having an old-fashioned back up plan - like meet at a location at a certain time.


PARADE ROUTE – SUNDAY

This year’s The Swiss Colony Cheese Days Parade will follow the same route as recent years – using only the south and west sides of the Square.  The parade will begin and end at the Green County Fairgrounds.  The parade steps off from the Fairgrounds at 12:30 pm and arrives dowtown around 12:45 pm.


CHILDREN’S PARADE ROUTE– FRIDAY AT 5:30 PM

Line up by Monroe Middle School and turn right (east) on 12th Street (going past Suisse Haus and continuing past Heartland Graphics).  North on 18th Avenue – going between City Hall and Post Office.  At Wisconsin Community Bank parking lot – proceeds west on 9th Street.  At Stop and Go corner, turns south on 16th Avenue – passing by Monroe Theatre Guild and continuing on west side of Square and continue south toward Middle School.


RESERVED SEATING FOR THE PARADE

You can reserve a spot on one of 4 bleacher sections on 4 different areas of the square. Buy a wristband ($3) ahead of time at the Cheese Days Store or at the Info Trailer over the weekend.  Reserved seats in the bleacher sections are first come-first served to those with wristbands - with wristband color corresponding with a particular location.


HANDICAP PARKING and HANDICAP PARADE VIEWING INFORMATION

  • City of Monroe Municipal Lot north of Stop-N-Go (one block north of downtown Square) – entire parking lot behind Stop-N-Go, Green County Historical Society Museum, and Monroe One Hour Dry Cleaners – designated as handicap parking for the ENTIRE WEEKEND. Display proper designation to avoid being towed.
  • First National Bank Parking Lot (north of downtown Square) SUNDAY ONLY – open for handicap parking. Also handicap parade viewing along the terrace and sidewalk. Display proper designation to avoid being towed.
  • Wisconsin Bank & Trust Lot (northeast of downtown Square) SUNDAY ONLY – open for handicap parking. Also handicap parade viewing along the terrace and sidewalk. Display proper designation to avoid being towed. 900 block of 22nd Ave (by East School Park) Sunday only – handicap parking
  • 900 block of 24th Ave (by East School Park) Sunday only – handicap parking. TENTS WILL BE SET UP IN EAST SCHOOL PARK TO PROVIDE A SHADED AREA FOR HANDICAP PARADE VIEWING. PORTA POTTIES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. THERE IS ALSO A SMALL FOOD STAND AT THIS LOCATION DURING THE PARADE.

SHUTTLE BUS FOR PARK AND RIDE

Avoid the hassle! Park offsite at Orchid (350 - 21st St.) and get a ride downtown on the shuttle bus. Buses make continuous loops.

Shuttle Operation:
Friday 5 – 11 pm
Saturday 10 am – 11 pm
Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Cost:
$1 per person per trip


TRAM – Donations Appreciated

Saturday 10 am – 6 pm:  continuous loops–Downtown Parking Ramp, Friendly Inn/Smokey Row**, Arts and Crafts Show, south of Minhas Oktoberfest Stage, and back to Downtown Parking Ramp.

** Street parking is available in this area – so this is essentially another "park and ride" option – but with the tram INSTEAD of the shuttle bus, and on Saturday only – from 10 am–6 pm. The tram stop is at the intersection of 17th St and 14th Ave.


DAIRY FARM TOURS (SAT)

  • How long – approx. 1 hour and 15 min.
  • How much – $5 adults, kids 10 and under are free. How often – buses depart approx. every ½ hour
  • Where to buy tickets – in Family Farm Adventure Tent. Board bus by Wisconsin Bank & Trust.

BARN QUILT TOUR (SAT 10 am)

  • How long – approx. 1 hour and 15 min.
  • How much – $5 adults, kids 10 and under are free
  • How many quilts will we see – about a dozen
  • Where to buy tickets – in Family Farm Adventure Tent
  • Board bus by Wisconsin Bank & Trust

COW MILKING CONTEST

Teams must register in advance. A limited number of teams will be chosen to compete.

For information and registration, contact Kelsi Mayer:
608.290.5855
kelsirmayer@gmail.com


ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW

What are the hours - Saturday  – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


WHERE CAN SIT DOWN AND EAT? You can sit down and eat  (and also be entertained at times) in the Colony Brands Hospitality Tent on the east side of the square. The Emmi Roth USA Dining Tent is also available all weekend - on the north side of the Square.


CAN I WALK AROUND IN THE COURTHOUSE?  Friday only – feel free to explore the building. It will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.


WHY IS THE CHEESE CURD LINE SO LONG? The line is so long because the cheese curds are SOOO TASTY! These curds are hand-breaded by humans who seriously are doing their best to churn them out as quickly as possible.  It is a very labor-intensive process.  Please be aware that there is one line to buy tickets, and then you wait in another line to get the curds. If the ticket line looks short, buy tickets ahead of time and use them later.


CAN I GET A CAB TO TAKE ME TO THE MOTEL? Yes, the phone number for the Monroe Cab Company is 608.325-6993.


FIRST AID STATION operated by Monroe Clinic is located at front entrance of First National Bank. We also have EMS volunteers on site.


CAN I BRING MY DOG? Please leave your dog at home!  Dogs often end up trapped in a sea of people at eye level with small children enjoying tasty treats.  So in the interest of all the humans who hope to enjoy the festival – we respectfully ask owners to make a good choice for everyone involved by leaving dogs at home, where they can enjoy easy access to water and a comfortable place to take a nap.


FAIRGROUNDS ADDRESS – FOR  GPS: 2600 – 10th St

DOWNTOWN SQUARE ADDRESS – FOR GPS: 1016 – 16th Ave


DIRECTIONS FROM CHICAGO

  • Take I-90 W/JANE ADDAMS MEMORIAL TOLLWAY via EXIT 43B toward O'HARE-ROCKFORD
  • Take I-90 W/JANE ADDAMS MEMORIAL TOLLWAY
  • Merge onto I-39 S/US-51 S toward US-20/ROCKFORD
  • Merge onto US-20 W/ULYSSES S GRANT MEMORIAL HWY
  • Turn RIGHT onto S ROCK CITY RD/CR-10
  • Continue to follow CR-10Turn LEFT onto E ROCK GROVE RD/CR-4
  • Turn RIGHT onto N JUDA RD/CR-28 (Crossing into WISCONSIN)
  • N JUDA RD/CR-28 becomes CTY RD S
  • Turn LEFT onto Hwy  11/81
  • Take the second exit into Monroe – It will be marked Hwy 69 north, but you will turn left (south) at the stop sign. Go past Ford dealership, and when you come to the T intersection it will have a blue sign that leads you to the Courthouse Square.

DIRECTIONS FROM MILWAUKEE

  • I-43 toward Chicago and Beloit
  • I-43 S becomes Hwy 81
  • RIGHT onto 4TH ST/WI-81/WI-213
  • LEFT onto LIBERTY AVE/W LIBERTY ST/WI-81/WI-213
  • LEFT onto Hwy 11/81 west
  • Take the second exit into Monroe – It will be marked Hwy 69 north, but you will turn left (south) at the stop sign. Go past Ford dealership, and when you come to the T intersection it will have a blue sign that leads you to the Courthouse Square.