• Monroe businessmen attend Sauerkraut Day in Forreston, Illinois and return home with visions of cheese curds dancing in their heads
  • Crowd size estimated at 3,000 – 4,000
  • 13,000 cheese sandwiches prepared by volunteer firemen and meat cutters in the garage of the Blumer (now Joseph Huber) Brewery
  • Entertainment includes vaudeville, acrobatics, and bands


  • First parade!
  • Governor Emanuel Philipp attends festival
  • Cheese Days program includes an “Ode to Limburger”
  • Crowd size estimated at 20,000
  • Schedule includes Swiss wrestling and an Alpine Quartet


  • Festival attendees watch as Fred Steinman turns 2,000 pounds of milk into a giant wheel of cheese
  • “Panorama of Cheeseland” parade is 2 miles long
  • Parade includes circus section with clowns, calliope, and animal cages
  • 15,000 cheese sandwiches given away


  • 4-mile long parade includes 150 decorated cattle led by Swiss costumed dairy maids
  • 80 concession stands line the curbs of the Square
  • Rudy Benkert honored as oldest cheesemaker in the county
  • Festvial goers enjoyed a grand ball at Turner Hall


  • Cheese Days celebration cancelled due to World War I – a patriotic event was held instead


  • Marion Burgy of Monticello chosen as first Cheese Days Queen
  • 85 year old Sebastian Duerst and 87 year old Oswald Babler honored as last remaining of the original Swiss colonists from New Glarus
  • Community bands from Brodhead, Browntown, Monroe, and New Glarus entertained
  • Monroe first promoted as “Swiss Cheese Capital of the USA”


  • Parade features 125 floats, including chariots, trick ponies, clowns, cattle sporting Swiss cow bells, and snake charmers
  • More than 25,000 cheese sandwiches consumed
  • Green County is home to 152 cheese factories
  • Palais Royal Orchestra plays at Turner Hall
  • Lillian Augsburger selected as Queen


  • 34,000 cheese sandwiches consumed - including wheel Swiss, block Swiss, Limburger, and Brick
  • Postmaster John Burkhard honored as Cheese Day chairman
  • 56 former cheesemakers ride in the parade
  • Crowd size estimated at 50,000
  • Talent contest features yodelers and accordion players
  • Vilah Sommerfeldt named Queen


  • Mrs. William Chambers of Juda wins the cow milking competition
  • Crowd size estimated at 60,000 - 70,000
  • 50,000 cheese sandwiches enjoyed by festival goers
  • Turner Hall hosts Jitterbug Contest
  • Entertainment includes “parade of cantons” featuring usherettes from the New Glarus Wilhelm Tell pageant
  • Parade entries include a two-headed cat balloon
  • Three Queens for a Day: Miss Monticello Dorothy Bidlingmaier, Miss Brodhead Lillian Fleek, and Miss Monroe Bessie Scheisser


  • Crowd size estimated at 90,000
  • 60,000 cheese sandwiches distributed
  • John Bussman wins Swiss wrestling competition
  • High school students Darlyne Adelman and Robert Rieder named King and Queen


  • Parade includes 30 old time cheesemakers, 100 saddle horses, and 16 horse teams
  • Limburger, Brick, and Swiss cheese sandwiches enjoyed by festival goers
  • Winner of contest to guess how many holes in a wheel of Swiss cheese receives 20 pound block of Swiss
  • Press party held at Town Hall cheese factory near Monticello
  • Rita Bregenzer named Queen


  • Parade consists of 160 units
  • Cheese Days becomes a two-day event
  • Crowd size estimated at 125,000
  • Donald Wenger serves as Parade Marshal
  • Archie Myers and Bob Bussen serve as co-chairs
  • Farm Bureau sponsors free dairy farm tours
  • Cheese Days song recorded with Monroe High School Band accompanying
  • Pat Kaster named Queen


  • Governor Warren Knowles attends festival
  • Cheese Days song re-recorded with Martha Bernet as featured yodeler
  • UW Madison marching band plays "Come to Cheese Days" song during parade
  • Cheese Days buttons and Swiss caps sold as souvenirs
  • Skydivers drop in at Twining Park
  • Sgt. Jimmie Earl Howard serves as Parade Marshal
  • Pat Kaster and Donna Wyss named Queens


  • Cheese Days Art Fair debuts
  • Cheesemaker John Bussman makes cheese on the downtown Square for the first time
  • Roger Bright Band performs
  • Green County Ag Chest distributes cheese samples on the courthouse lawn
  • 20 veteran cheesemakers ride in the parade
  • Mark Winzenreid serves as Parade Marshal
  • Darlene Rufener honored as Queen


  • "Swiss dollars" sold as souvenirs
  • Parade drowned out by rain
  • Monroe Optimists sell “secret recipe” deep fried cheese curds for the first time
  • All current cheesemakers honored as Parade Marshals
  • Carol Lehr and Jocelyn Kline named Queens


  • UW Madison Athletic Director Elroy Hirsch honored as Parade Marshal
  • Walter Krahenbuhl honored as grand champion cheesemaker
  • Hillbilly Sophistikats and the Swiss Echos entertain on the main stage
  • Six bands compete in the Drum and Bugle Corp contest
  • A Gemutlichkeit Swiss Party held for the media in July
  • Marianne Dickson and Mary Kosek honored as Queens


  • Tea towels, beanies, buttons, coins, and wooden Swiss dollars for sale as souvenirs
  • Ivan Gobeli named Grand Champion Cheesemaker for his Muenster
  • Replica of White House in miniature available for viewing at United Telephone Co.
  • Festival goers offered tours at Chalet Cheese Factory
  • Pam Wels Wyss and Janice Wettach Everson named Queens


  • First Cheese Days Chase held
  • Governor Martin Schreiber rides in parade
  • Estimated 6 tons of cheese sold on the Square
  • Jo Ann Rufener and Connie Driver honored as Queens
  • Randy Krahenbuhl named Grand Champion Cheesemaker
  • Maynard Heins and Virgil Leopold chair the parade


  • Cheese Days Ball held at Turner Hall, with Max Drexler's Bavarian Band entertaining
  • Werner and Martha Bernet named King and Queen
  • Milford Severson named Grand Champion Cheesemaker
  • First female co-chair: Lois Kaster
  • Mary Carroll and Karen Dischler named Queens


  • Ryan Erickson and Lisa Schroeder named first Prince and Princess
  • Gottlieb and Trudy Brandli honored as King and Queen
  • Cathy Gruninger and Ramona Gordee named as Queens
  • Friday night bar hopping committee (dressed in Swiss outfits and accompanied by Del Heins on accordion) visits area taverns to promote the event
  • John Bussman serves as Parade Marshal


  • 900 runners enter Cheese Days Chase race, with many wearing Cheese Days Chase headbands
  • Governor Tony Earl rides in parade
  • Souvenirs for sale include limited edition beer mugs, coins, and buttons
  • Bob and Helene Buehler honored as King and Queen
  • Brad Grossen and Erin Trampe named Prince and Princess
  • Kristi Tuescher and Debbie Meier named as Queens
  • Cliff Reasa serves as Parade Marshal
  • Cheese Days button designed with likeness of Martha Bernet


  • 1,000 area dairy farms honored for supplying milk to the cheese factories
  • Armin and Kathryn Rufener named King and Queen
  • Benjamin Bergey and Brandi Spidahl named Prince and Princess
  • Michelle Kundert and Wendi Gelbach selected as Queen
  • Walt Rufener wins Cow Milking Contest
  • Jan Benkert appointed as Executive Secretary
  • Arts and Craft Fair brings 137 exhibitors
  • 650 runners compete in Cheese Days Chase
  • Janeen Joy Babler designs button


  • After not milking a cow for 45 years, Helen Summers Davis walks away the winner of the cow milking contest
  • Kids enjoy free camel rides
  • More than 1300 people take part in the cheese factory and farm tour
  • Tim Hasler and Rebekah Stauffacher named Prince and Princess
  • Ben and Lois Kaster named King and Queen
  • Pam Zweifel and Stacy Meyer serve as Queens
  • Bob Buehler and Jocelyn Stricker serve as Parade Marshals
  • Dorothy Roth designs Cheese Days button


  • Winner of the Schwingest (Swiss wresting) receives first place prize of a purebred bull calf
  • Souvenirs for sale include coffee mugs and t-shirts
  • Joe Urban serves as Master of Ceremonies for the parade
  • Governor Tommy Thompson rides in the parade and receives a block of Swiss cheese
  • Alex Bernet and Elise Wagner named Prince and Princess
  • Virgil and Carol Leopold named King and Queen
  • Tina Steinmann and Cindy Olson serve as Queens
  • Cheese Days publicized on Good Morning America
  • Walter Rufener serves as Parade Marshal
  • Elaine Bethke designs Cheese Days button


  • Parade includes a 52-hitch llama entry
  • Myron Olson honored as grand champion cheesemaker
  • Mitch Quade and Deanndra Buol named Prince and Princess
  • Maynard and Joanna Heins named King and Queen
  • Bill Hanson and Nancy Faith serve as Parade Marshals
  • Becky Buri and Heidi Tschanz honored as Queens
  • Mark Wildman designs Cheese Days button


  • Cheese Days celebrates 80th anniversary
  • Adam Krebs and Jenny Bauman named Prince and Princess
  • Clayton and Marion Streiff named King and Queen
  • Kim Brown and Gretchen Buol serve as Queens
  • Accordionist Rudy Burkhalter passes away on the Friday of Cheese Days weekend
  • Holly Dearth designs Cheese Days button


  • Monroe Mayor Bill Ross competes in milking contest but does not win
  • 500 runners compete in Cheese Days Chase
  • Gary Grossen named Grand Champion Cheesemaker
  • Ray and Betty Vetterli named King and Queen
  • John Bussman serves as parade Marshal
  • Mauro Magellan designs Cheese Days button
  • Adam Hutchinson and Shelley Quade named Prince and Princess
  • Brandi Siedschlag and Sara Feldt honored as Queens


  • First golf classic held
  • Opening ceremony includes alphorns and a parade of flags
  • Ernie and Theresa Jaggi named King and Queen
  • Brent Quade and Emily Guerin named Prince and Princess
  • Howard Grossen and Lillian Hawthorne serve as Parade Marshals
  • Button designed by Tina and Alec White
  • Amy Ammon and Mandy Krahenbuhl selected as Ambassadors (formerly Queens)


  • Randy and Pam Wyss named King and Queen
  • Logan Stamm and Brianna Zimmerman named Prince and Princess
  • Swiss folk artist Janeen Joy Babler designs Cheese Days button
  • Werner Sr., Werner Jr., and Brian Zimmerman serve as Parade Marshals
  • Ann Ammon and Karen Frei selected as Ambassadors


  • Justin Johnson designs Cheese Days button
  • Lindsay Wettach and Cally Abplanalp named Ambassadors
  • Buholzer Family (Klondike Cheese Co.) named Parade Marshals
  • Steve and Sharon Streiff named King and Queen
  • Cody Stamm and Elisabeth Brunner named Prince and Princess


  • Brianna Gelbach named Ambassador
  • Mauro Magellan designs Cheese Days button
  • Official Cheese Days web site launched
  • Bob and Nancy Faith honored as King and Queen
  • Anders Nelson and Anya Schween serve as Prince and Princess
  • Noreen Rueckert hired as Coordinator
  • New feature: Cheese Days Hospitality Tent
  • Larry Lindgren and Katheryn Etter honored as Parade Marshals
  • Festival goers enjoy Wisconsin’s Biggest Cheese Fondue
  • Sunday's big event renamed "The Swiss Colony Cheese Days Parade"


  • Shannon Stricker named Ambassador
  • Henry and Melva Tschanz named King and Queen
  • Josha Smith and Lauren Blumer reign as Prince and Princess
  • Carolyn Schultz designs Cheese Days button
  • Nate Roth and Doran Zwygart honored as Parade Marshals
  • “Swiss Roots” visits with an antique Swiss Post Bus


  • Charity Rood named Ambassador
  • Gary and Corie Grossen serve as King and Queen
  • Noah Zimmerman and Oliva O’Dea selected as Prince and Princess
  • Kim Berg designs button
  • Cheese Days song featured on commemorative t-shirts
  • Family Farm Adventure Tent debuts
  • Cheese Days opens beer stand on the square
  • Gerald Swiggum and Dick Rote honored as Parade Marshals


  • Trisha Pernot named Ambassador
  • Dennis and Janice Everson honored as King and Queen
  • Gabe Witt and Cammi Ganshert serve as Prince and Princess
  • Wendy Flanagan designs button
  • Stan Neuberger and Joe Urban lead the parade as Marshals
  • Back by popular demand: Dairy Farm Tours


  • Brianna Ditzenberger named Ambassador
  • John and Becky Wegmueller honored as King and Queen
  • Eli Zimmerman and Maddison Markham named Prince and Princess
  • Martha Bernet and Lois Kaster selected as Parade Marshals
  • Cheese Days mascot “Wedgie” introduced
  • Sarah the Cheese Lady creates cheese carvings from Emmi Roth Gruyere and Maple Leaf Cheddar
  • Seven dairy breeds and 200 humans participate in Cow Milking Contest
  • Parade re-routed slightly to allow space for additional food vendors and new Dining Tent


  • Breinne Hendrickson and Sarah Sacker named Ambassadors
  • Duke and Diane Phillips honored as King and Queen
  • Elsen Gratz and Christina Grenzow chosen as Prince and Princess
  • Jim Bruce and Del Heins selected as Parade Marshals
  • McKenzie Homan designs button
  • Cheese Days episode appears on Discover Wisconsin TV
  • Wisconsin Secretary of Tourism Stephanie Klett named official Limburger Queen of the 2014 festival
  • More than 100 accordions join Monroe City Band in playing the Cheese Days Song


  • Jana Duval Crandall named Ambassador
  • Longtime parade chairs Pat and Gloria Krutza honored as King and Queen
  • Longtime volunteer and former president Dennis Dalton selected as Parade Marshal
  • Daniella Echeverria is inspired by the 100 accordions in 2014 and designs the accordion-themed button
  • Food trucks added to diversify menu
  • Trachtengruppe Gohl folk dancing group from Langnau, Switzerland entertains
  • Simon Zimmerman and Delaney Sweeney chosen as Prince and Princess
  • Dave Buholzer wins the honor of Grand Champion Cheesemaker
  • Ron and Sue Buholzer honored as "Big Cheese" by Foreign Type Cheesemakers Assn.
  • Boogie and the Yo Yo'z draw record crowd on the main stage on Saturday night


  • Tess Zettle named Ambassador
  • Gordy and Ruth Bergemann (owners Maple Leaf Cheese Store) honored as King and Queen
  • Swiss friends Sherry Anderegg and Bert Digman selected as Parade Marshals
  • Cheese Days button by Tingalls Graphic Design
  • Arts and Crafts Fair moved behind Baumgartner's to surface lot of former downtown parking ramp
  • Retail Committee adds "second in a series" Red Wing stoneware collectible
  • New on the entertainment schedule:  Wheelhouse, Doo Wop Daddies, and Road Trip
  • Tyse Hoesly and Lauren Stelter selected as Prince and Princess
  • Accordion Players and Barbershop Quartet join the Alphorn Players as roving entertainers