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Sugarcreek, OH—The annual cheese auction celebrating Ohio’s 2014 Grand Champion Swiss Cheese Maker competition raised $22,464.20 here late last month.
Guggisberg Cheese Company of Millersburg, OH, was named Grand Champion Cheese Maker, while
Pearl Valley Cheese of Fresno, OH, was named the Reserve Champion in the annual Ohio Swiss Cheese Maker competition, sponsored by the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association. A Gouda made by Bunker Hill Cheese, Berlin, OH, won the Open Class Grand Champion award at the recent Ohio Swiss Festival.
This year, a total of 23 cuts of cheese were auctioned off, and there were 15 different buyers, according to Lois Miller of the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association.
Approximately 130 pounds of the Guggisberg Grand Champion cheese was auctioned off. Nearly 125 pounds of Pearl Valley Reserve Champion cheese and 20 pounds of the Gouda was auctioned.
Also, prior to the auction, there was a “People’s Choice” judging where factories submitted an eight-pound unmarked sandwich cut, along with nibbles for tasting.
This year, those cuts were submitted by Broad Run Cheese, Steiner Dairy LLC, Guggisberg Cheese, and Pearl Valley Cheese.
Grand Champion, Reserve Champion and Open Class Grand Champion cheese buyers included:
Troyer Cheese purchased 50.78 pounds of the Guggisberg cheese for $110.00 per pound for a total of $5,585.80.
Walnut Creek Cheese
Walnut Creek Cheese spent a total of $2,869.40 at the auction. The company bought 28.76 pounds of the Grand Champion cheese at $65 per pound for a total of $1,869.40 and 10 pounds of Bunker Hill’s Gouda for a total $1,000.
The Hummel Group purchased a total of $2,834 worth of auction cheese, including $550 for two cuts totaling 8.26 pounds of Guggisberg cheese. Hummel also purchased three cuts of Pearl Valley Cheese totalling 38.41 pounds for $1,334 and a Pearl Valley “People’s Choice” sandwich and a Guggisberg sandwich for $950.00.
Cambridge Packaging purchased two cuts of the Guggisberg cheese totaling 12.49 pounds for a total of $1,100 and a one five-pound cut of the Bunker Hill cheese for $700.00. The total Cambridge Packaging spent was $1,800.00.
Weaver Fine Furniture
Purchased 50 pounds of the Pearl Valley cheese at $50 per pound for a total of $2,500.00.
Cryovac purchased 8.36 pounds of the Guggisberg cheese for a total of $650, and 8.78 pounds of Pearl Valley cheese for $500. The total Cryovac spent was $1,150.00.
Superior Tank & Trailer
Superior Tank & Trailer purchased 8.35 pounds of Guggisberg for $700 and one 8.02 pound cut of Pearl Valley cheese for $600 for a total of $1,300.00.
Troyer’s Trail Bologna
Purchased 8.36 pounds of the Guggisberg cheese for a total of $725.00 and a “People’s Choice” Broad Run Dairy sandwich for $450.00 for a total of $1,175.00.
Superior Basement Systems
Purchased a “People’s Choice” sandwich made by Steiner Dairy LLC for $600.00.
Vilutis & Company
Vilutis purchased 3.6 pounds of the Pearl Valley cheese for a total of $350.00.
Supply One purchased 3.84 pounds of the Pearl Valley cheese for a total of $375.00.
The Budget purchased one cut totaling 9.22 pounds of Pearl Valley cheese for a total amount of $500.00.
Sugarcreek Heating & Cooling
Purchased 3.94 pounds of the Guggisberg cheese for $400.00.
McElroy Contract Packaging
McElroy bought 3.57 pounds of Pearl Valley cheese for $350.00 and 5 pounds of Bunker Hill’s for $675.00 for a total of $1,025.
Guggisberg’s cheese raised $11,580.20, while the Pearl Valley cheese raised $6,509 and the “People Choice” raised $2,000.00. Bunker Hill Open Class Grand Champion cheese raised $2,375.00.
Proceeds are shared between the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association and the Ohio Swiss Festival. From the proceeds, OSCA awards an annual college scholarship to the reigning Swiss Festival queen.
The Ohio Swiss Festival was organized to celebrate the area’s Swiss heritage and to help local cheese makers sell off any excess Swiss cheese produced.
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