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UPDATE: WI Gouda named 2013 US Championship Cheese

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GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- A Gouda made in Wisconsin has been named the nation's top cheese.

Marieke Penterman, of Holland's Family Cheese in Thorp, Wis., won the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay Wednesday with her Marieke Mature Gouda.

The cheese received 98.31 out of a possible 100 points in the final round of judging.

First runner-up was Tarentaise, a semi-hard alpine cheese made by Spring Brook Farm/Farms For City Kids Foundation in Reading, Vt. Second runner-up was Medium Cheddar, made by Team Cracker Barrel Natural Cheese, Agropur Weyauwega for Kraft Foods in Glenview, Ill.

More than 1,700 cheeses were entered, including pepper-flavored, smoked and sheep cheeses.

Wisconsin captured the most gold medals, with 47 of the 81 categories judged. Vermont and New York came in second, with six gold medals each.

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GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- Cheese makers from around the country have gathered in Green Bay for the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest.

The contest began Tuesday in the Lambeau Field atrium.  The top cheeses in each category advance to Wednesday night's championship round.

More than 1,700 cheese were entered into 82 categories, including pepper-flavored, smoked and sheep cheeses.

John Umhoefer, the executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, says there seems to be an increase in spicy cheeses this year.

The biennial event has been held at Lambeau Field since 2009.  Organizers say this year's number of entries is a record.

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