COLUMBUS — This is the second of three contests held during the year of 2013 to determine the grand champion and reserve champion cheesemakers for the year of 2013.
The winners for this contest were announced and awarded for two classifications: Swiss Class: Gold (1st prize) Guggisberg Cheese Co., Millersburg; Ohio Silver (2nd prize) Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, Ohio; Bronze (3rd prize) Broad Run Cheese, Dover, Ohio; Other Swiss cheese was entered by E.S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, Ohio.
Open Class: (Various cheeses that do not fall in the Swiss classification) Gold Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, Ohio (Marble Cheese); Silver Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, Ohio (Yellow Colby); Bronze E.S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, Ohio (Baby Swiss);
Other cheese was entered by Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, Ohio — Mild Cheddar, Butter Cheese and Jalapeno;
Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, Ohio — Colby, Lacy Baby Swiss and Pepper Jack;
E.S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, Ohio –Smoked Swiss and Lacy Baby Swiss;
And Guggisberg Cheese Co., Millersburg, Ohio–Baby Swiss.
Judges for this contest were Scott Schillig, Cheese Grader, Paul Mueller, former Cheesemaker, and Michael Felton, former Cheesemaker.
All cheese qualified for Blue Ribbons, and all cheese was judged Grade A.
For the Ohio State Fair: Guggisberg Cheese Co. received the grand champion Rosette for their Swiss Cheese, and Pearl Valley Cheese Co. received the reserve champion Rosette for their Swiss Cheese.