My hometown throws a biennial cheese festival. I’ve come to learn that a lot of midwest cities have cheese festivals but none are as big or justified as this one; Monroe, Wisconsin is known as the “Swiss Cheese Capitol of the USA,” the only place in the United States that makes limburger cheese (if you know, you know), and currently has 18 cheese factories (it used to have somewhere around 40 but I can’t seem to find that source anymore).
Anyway, my point is that it’s a big festival in a small Wisconsin town. People go all out, and travel a long way to see it. We were antsy to take Amelie this year since she loves music and dancing so much, and Cheese Days has lots of unique live music like polka, alphorns, and blues. It was a good way to say goodbye to summer, visit with family, and see my parent’s farm once more before it becomes busy with harvest.
Some photos we took during our time at the festival and farm where I grew up, below!
Amelie loves corn pits almost as much as she loves her sandbox at home. She would have been content playing there for an hour! It really is a nice sensory experience for kids, especially after being stuck in the car for three hours.
Hanging out on Papa and Nana’s hammock is always a highlight.
Eating tomatoes straight from the vine! We have a big garden and do this all the time at home, but she couldn’t stop eating the tomatoes in Nana’s garden. Guess I need to step up my game.
My parents don’t have animals on the farm anymore so they’ve been converting the pastures around the house into natural prairie areas with walking trails. Amelie loves looking for bugs out there!
I had to get a picture of Amelie and I in our matching shirts at the parade, sitting with my Grandma D. It was soo hot, but ended up being one of the best parades I’ve ever been to in person!
Now, I guess it’s time to break out the pumpkin-spice-everything!