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FUN STUFF INSIDE New Glarus Vision's"Heidi Men" Music Lessons with Janine Brown Lynn Lokken At Your Service Schindler's Suiss Haus Kelch Aviation Museum Ric's Picks Wine + Cheese Pairing Legendary Larry Daehn

COUNTY ROAD MAP & BARN QUILTS MAP Pull-out insert at back of guide includes road index, township names, barn quilt directory and 150+ barn quilt locations marked for planning your own driving tour.


OUTDOORS Badger State Trail 49 Cadiz Springs Rec Area 50 Cheese Country ATV Trail 47 Canoe & Kayak Trail 27 New Glarus Woods 15 Pearl Island Corridor 26 Sugar River Trail 22

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PHOTOS AND CREDITS Front cover: Green County Fairest of the Fair Rachel Gilson (Brenda Steurer), Chef Roland Fürst of New Glarus Hotel (Brenda Steurer), Cheesemakers Bruce Workman and Ben Workman of Edelweiss Creamery (Noreen Rueckert), Brewmaster Dan Carey of New Glarus Brewing Company (Noreen Rueckert). Back cover: Bicyclist on the Sugar River Trail near Brodhead (Noreen Rueckert), 2016 Cheese Days Princess Delaney Sweeney (Brenda Steurer), Stinky Burger at Tofflers in New Glarus (Noreen Rueckert), Austin Foster showing a dairy cow for Juda FFA at Green County Fair (Brenda Steurer), “Swiss Chicks” Marian Kundert and Martha Bernet with John Waelti (Noreen Rueckert). This page and opposite: Fishing at Lake Montesian in Monticello (Anthony Wahl), Alphorns in New Glarus (Lauren Lemire), Wine at Minhas Kitchen in Monroe (Brenda Steurer), Fondue at Turner Hall of Monroe (Brenda Steurer), EAA Fly in at Brodhead Airport (Brenda Steurer), . Within guide: Brenda Steurer, Lauren Lemire, Noreen Rueckert, Sue Moen, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Anthony Wahl, Emmi Roth USA, Amy Bayer, Brett Cooper, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Monroe Chamber of Commerce, Samantha DeVoe, Donna Douglas, Lynn Lokken, Patrick Bodell and Kerry Hill. No part of the editoral content or photgraphs in this publication may be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without permission. The Green County Visitor Guide is produced by Green County Tourism (Noreen Rueckert, editor): 1016 - 16th Ave., Monroe, WI 53566. Graphic design: Perception Graphics, LLC -, 608.482.3413.

Here in Green County we believe there’s artistry to living the great life— a way of life built on a proud Swiss heritage, with creativity and precision as hallmarks of all that we do. 800.527.6838



Fun Facts & Points of Interest

Grüetzi! That’s the official way to greet friends in New Glarus. In 1845, twenty-seven immigrant famiies set out from Glarus, Switzerland seeking opportunities in the New World. We like to imagine that upon arriving in Green County, they looked around and said something like “ja, die hugel gseh us wi die daheim!” (yes these hills DO look a bit like home!) And so the community of New Glarus was founded. In 1846, Swiss immigrants helped to set the stage for Wisconsin’s future as America’s Dairyland when they purchased a few dozen dairy cows in Ohio and herded them back to New Glarus.

The Swiss roots established here more than 150 years ago are evident today in festivals, cuisine, folk art and architecture, family and business names, and the herds of Brown Swiss that still graze the green hillsides. Until the clocks in the bell tower of the Swiss Church were electrified in 1947, they ran from cables and heavy weights, and took a half-day to wind so they would run for the entire week. Eat local! Swiss favorites include cheese fondue (the Swiss national dish), roesti (ramped-up hash browns) raclette (melted cheese over boiled potatoes and pickles), and a fresh veal sausage called

depot that doubles as trailhead for the Sugar River Trail) is your one-stop shop for maps and visitor information. Music Fest, Heidi Fest, Fire Fest, Oktober Fest. New Glarus is known for festivals and family fun. Bike first, so you can eat more cheese: bring your own (or rent a bike at the chamber office) to enjoy the Sugar River Trail or the roller coaster hills on the backroads. There’s live music (and dancing) at New Glarus Hotel most Friday and Saturday evenings. Thursday nights in summer - head to the Chalet Landhaus for accordion music on the patio. Tofflers Pub and Grill also frequently features live music (outside on the back patio in the warmer months) - including local favorite “The Jimmy’s” every other Thursday night. Jodlerklub, Mannerchor, Kinderchor: our Swiss heritage is something to sing about. If you see two guys wandering around playing tunes on long wooden horns embellished with Swiss folk art, it’s probably George and Heinz - two of Green County’s favorite alphorn ambassadors. Stay awhile: our variety of wonderful lodging options include hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, vacation home rental, and campground.

kalberwurst that is available at the two local meat markets, and traditional breads at the New Glarus Bakery. You can also find other fare like pizza (Sugar River Pizza, Ticinio’s Pizzeria), Mexican and Southwest influence (Kristi’s Bistro) specialty

burgers and mac-n- cheese of the week

(Tofflers Pub & Grill) and even Limburger cheese sandwiches (Puempel’s Olde Tavern). The New Glarus Chamber (located in the restored railroad

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Wine Walk & Snow Shoe Hike - February 10 Kalberwurst Dinner - March 10 Swiss Village opens for season - May 25 Lions BBQ - May 25 Music Fest - May 25-27

Polkafest - June 8-10 Beer, Bacon & Cheese - June 9 Heidi Festival - (check back in 2019) EMS Run - June 9 Blues, Brews and Food Trucks - July 14

Pedal for Paws - July 14 Firefest - August 4-5 Alphorn Man Sprint Triathlon - August 5 Volksfest - August 5 Music in the Park - August 12

Wilhelm Tell Festival - August 31 - September 2 Art in the Park - September 2 Grace Church Free Festival - September 9 Oktoberfest - September 28-30

Holiday Open House Shopping - November 9-11 Tipsy Turkey Pub Crawl - November 24 Holiday Tree Lighting & St. Nicholas Day - December 1 Lunch with Santa - December 8

Kilby Supper - September 29 Swiss Village Harvest Fest - October 7 Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show - October 7 Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians Renaissance Faire - October 13-14

These are just some of our events; check the calendar at the back of the guide for more.

Visit for updates and details.

If you take a peek into the kitchen on the way to your table, you’ll often find Sugar River Pizza owner Deb multi- tasking: making pizza, slicing pizza, and sliding pies into boxes for take-out orders.



Go on a tasting adventure: ice cream, cheese, and homemade fudge at Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate , fruit wines at Hawk’s Mill Winehaus , and beer tours and sampling at New Glarus Brewing Company .

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porch at Puempel’s . You'll also want to check out the original back bar and historic murals inside.

Bruce Workman is a “master” when it comes to Gruyere, Cheddar and Gouda, plus eight other varieties of cheese. Meet his wife Kathy at their Edelweiss Cheese Shop . You’ll also find Bruce selling his cheese at the Cheese Days Festival.

You know it’s real when it’s cut from the wheel!

Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman started with his very own award-winning EDELWEISS CREAMERY cheeses, and invited other local cheesemakers to share their favorites too!

* Over 100 varieties of Wisconsin cheese * Cheese tools, cutting boards, fondue pots * Wisconsin beers * Sausages and meats Looking for a gift idea? We can help with a creative gift basket for all of the cheese lovers on your list. Edelweiss Cheese Shop Authentic Wisconsin 529 First St., New Glarus, WI Phone 608.636.2155 Daily: 10 am - 5 pm; Winter hours vary

Southern Wisconsin’s premier one-stop destination for cheese, chocolate, wine, ice cream a nd more. Open Daily 10 am - 5 pm, Mid-March through December (608) 527-2000 554 First Street, New Glarus, WI



That’s not just any accordion player entertaining at “Swiss Cookout” nights on the patio at Chalet Landhaus – that’s legendary bandmaster Larry Daehn who just happens to play accordion on the side. Larry started with accordion lessons “way back” at nine years old. By high school he was playing trumpet and French horn. Fast-forward with a bachelor’s degree from UW Oshkosh and a master’s from UW Platteville, followed by a busy teaching career including elementary, middle and high school band, chorus and classroom music. Larry was commissioned to compose the West Point Bicentennial March by the United States Military Academy Band, which premiered at Carnegie Hall. In addition to many awards and honors, he was named Outstanding Bandmaster by Phi Beta Mu, Pi Chapter, in 1988. Meanwhile, the accordion sat in the closet. After 35 years in the classroom (including 27 in New Glarus), Larry retired. And he dusted off the accordion. About ten years ago, Chef Mike Nevil recruited him for a regular gig at the cookouts. He’s been playing ever since. Stop in and say hello to Legendary Larry at the Chalet Landhaus on Thursday nights from May through October.

In addition to finding the craft beers you know and love, New Glarus has a wealth of specialty stores. Here are a few not-to- miss shops: Brenda’s Blumenladen – specializing in kitchen and home décor along with floral and garden. For the kitchen, check out Charles Viancin’s silicone cookware and accessories, Tervis Tumblers, mugs, drinkware and cheese knives. Decorate your home with wall art, rugs, and lamps. Brenda’s is also the perfect spot for the inspired grower of all interests – with perennials and annuals, grasses and shrubs, fountains and statuary, garden accents and benches. You’ll also find stylish and functional garden wear like hats by Tula, plus supplies to create your very own fun and fanciful fairy garden. Railroad Street Boutique – is your one-stop destination for all things fashion: apparel, accessories, and handbags. Famous makers include Jag, Tribal, Dear John, and Z Supply. You’ll also find south central Wisconsin’s largest selection of Vera Bradley, including handbags, luggage, and accessories. The staff will help you to complete your look with the latest jewelry trends, including bracelets by Pura Vida and Lizzy James and necklaces by Canvas. Edelweiss Cheese Shop – featuring authentic Wisconsin cheese made by Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman at his factory just down the road near Monticello. Swiss, Havarti, Butterkase, Aged Gouda, Muenster, and Tuscan Dream are all produced under the Edelweiss label. Bruce and his wife Kathy also feature popular varieties from cheesemaker friends: like Deppeler’s Baby Swiss and Decatur Dairy’s Horseradish Havarti. Kinderladen – a unique toy store, for kids of all ages. Kinderladen has a large assortment of toys, games, books, puzzles, candy and gifts. You’ll find items to inspire creativity and spark the imagination. Popular brands are Melissa and Doug, MagnaTiles, and K’nex. Free gift-wrapping. Hawk’s Mill Winhaus – featuring award-winning wine from Ric and Teresa Joranlien. Stop in the tasting room in downtown New Glarus to discover your favorites with flavors like Rhubarb Pie, and fun names and labels like “Goody Two Shoes” with the sexy black and red stilettos. Also visit their winery and vineyard near Browntown. Their new pavilion is perfect for weddings, live music, or other events. Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate – a tradition of quality in presenting both local and imported flavors…wine, cheese, candies and gourmet treats. Homemade buttercream fudge made fresh daily. Custom gift boxes are available.


Beer Depot at New Glarus Brewing Co . – stock up on 4-packs, 6-packs, and cases to go. Park and load.

Bier Haus – surely you’ve heard the saying “man cave” – well what about a beer cave? At the Bier Haus (next to Swiss Aire Motel along Hwy. 69) you can choose from more than 150 different kinds of craft beers in their 400 square foot Beer Cave. There’s also wine and liquor, cheese, meats and party snacks.



Instead of sugar plums dancing in his head, Mark Janowiak had visions of Limburger when he came up with the concept for a New Glarus project called Books for Kids. But since it takes more than the wave of a magic wand to turn Limburger into reading material, here’s the story: Mark is a member of New Glarus Vision, an umbrella organization that provides nearly a dozen smaller community groups with the framework necessary to operate as non-profits. With insurance and by-laws in place under the umbrella, the individual groups are then able to devote all their efforts to fund raising and development of their specific focus – whether sports boosters, music boosters, or others. About three years ago, New Glarus Vision decided to take on its own project. With summer traditionally being a time that students lose focus on core skills like reading, the group decided to spearhead “Books for Kids” to put age-appropriate books into the hands of kids leaving school for summer vacation. New Glarus Vision worked with the staff at New Glarus Library on ideas, and came up with a plan to let kids choose some favorites to take home and keep. With a plan in place, funding was needed to support the project. Here’s where the Limburger comes in… Back in the early days, factories in Green County were mainly producing Limburger, Swiss and Brick cheese. But today, Chalet Cheese Co-op stands alone as sole producer of Limburger in

the entire United States. If you’re at all familiar with Limburger, you already know about the fragrance. Connoisseurs also know that as it ages, the cheese itself becomes softer. So soft, that it could nearly slide right onto a slice of rye bread. Add onion and mustard, and now you’ve got yourself a real Limburger Slider! New Glarus Vision’s Limburger Slider booth made its debut at New Glarus Oktoberfest in 2013. It wasn’t just the aroma drawing in hard core Limburger lovers and curious foodies alike; it was also the appearance of those staffing the booth. Mark, Jim Salter, John Wright and others came up with the affectionately goofy costumes (blonde braids, alpine attire) of the “Heidi Men.” Some volunteers also sport luxurious mustaches as "The Tony Girls", in honor of Swiss native and yodeler Tony Zraggen of Alp and Dell Cheese in Monroe. The concept began with a phone call from New Glarus native Beth Luchsinger to Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Myron Olson at Chalet Cheese Co-op. Olson embraces the project along with the love and pride that local folks have in showcasing Green County’s signature cheese. In addition to events in New Glarus, the group has hosted a booth at Green County Cheese Days in Monroe, turning a love of fun and Limburger into a book to go home with each elementary school student as they walk out the door at the end of the school year.

New Glarus Woods is a 435-acre property offering camping and a paved spur to the Sugar River State Trail. The park has several hiking trails, including the interpretive "Bison Trail" featuring a life-size Bison on the prairie. A very special highlight of the park is the bird's eye view from a boardwalk constructed at canopy level of the trees in the woods. It was designed so that people of all ages and abilities - wheelchairs, walkers, and children - can have access. The boardwalk and observation deck are among the many projects championed by the Friends of New Glarus Woods, an advocacy group dedicated to preserving and promoting the natural resource assets of the park. Visit their website for details on family-friendly events.




Tours of fourteen historic buildings – showcasing Green County’s Swiss heritage and rural/small town life. Swiss Historical Village & Museum

Our hand-tossed pizzas begin with dough made daily. Our cheese is hand-crafted from our local Silver Lewis Cheese Cooperative.

✔ Pizza, pastas, sandwiches, salads, wings, appetizers ✔ Delightful, casual dining seating 175 on two floors ✔ Relax around two outdoor firetables on our patio along the bike trail ✔ Serving over 100 micro brews and fine wines ✔ Big Screen TV ✔ FREE wifi

Open May 25 through Oct. 15: 10 am - 4 pm daily (Also special weekend hours in May - check website for details) 612 7th Ave., P.O. Box 745 New Glarus, WI 53574 (608) 527-2317 Group tours and buses welcome by appointment

700 Railroad Street (Next to the bike trail, one block south of the post office.) 608.527.5000

Delivery … Take-out … Dine-In … Catering

Join Andres and Kristi for a dining experience you won’t forget!




From peanut butter and jelly, to spaghetti and meatballs, or cookies and milk – some duos are so iconic that you can’t imagine one without the other. And so it goes with wine and cheese. Both so delicious on their own but behold the magic when they meet up on the palate. It is generally accepted that stronger wines go with stronger tasting cheeses – like Port with Bleu for example. But pairings are subjective– just take your time and make your own rules. To get started, check out Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s “Cheese Cupid” online tool and pairing app – available at We also asked Ric Joranlien of Hawk’s Mill Winery near Browntown to share some ideas on pairing his wine with some of Green County’s favorite types of cheese. Grand Cru Surchoix + Doodle White A lightly oaked Chardonnay with a clean style finish - the perfect contrast for a nutty, tangy cheese. Grand Cru Surchoix, crafted at Emmi Roth USA in Monroe, was named best cheese on the planet at the 2016 World Championship Cheese Competition. Muenster + Peachy Keen Fruity notes of fresh peaches – complimented by a creamy and mild, yet savory cheese called Muenster. From Silver Lewis Cooperative – one of Wisconsin’s oldest cheese factories, near Monticello. Emmentaler + Purple Martin A sweet red bursting with flavors of Concord grapes – paired up with an Old World Swiss classic that is nutty and buttery with a touch of sweetness. Emmentaler is produced by Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, in giant wheels weighing in at around 180 pounds.

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Another good reason to celebrate New Glarus… the best fine dining restaurant with a Mexican flair you are going to find in the area… - Samara Kalk Derby (Wisconsin State Journal)

119 5th Ave., New Glarus 608.527.2012

For Reservations: (608) 527-2138 Email: • Located on the Sugar River Bike Trail connecting to the Badger State Trail • All rooms ground floor, non-smoking, in-room coffee, cable TV • New Glarus shops, dining and attractions within walking distance • Free wifi, hi-speed internet • Continental breakfast weekends • Pets welcome Your Hosts, the Gobeli Family. 1200 Highway 69, New Glarus, WI 53574

Butterkase + Plum Crazy A slightly sweet wine – a crazy good pairing for Butterkase, a cheese known to be mellow and buttery, creamy and decadent. Crafted at Decatur Dairy near Brodhead. Gouda + Raptor Red Bold and robust, a dry Malbec blend – matched up with buttery and nutty Gouda. Find it at Maple Leaf Cheese Store in Juda.

Glarner Bier Haus Liquor Store • Offering a large selection of beer, wine, liquor • 400 Sq. Ft. Beer Cave featuring 150 craft beers, including New Glarus Brewing Co. beers •We special order kegs for your parties and events • Cheese, Hoesly’s meats and party snacks • Follow us on Facbook for specials Open 7 Days/Week (608) 636-2121 Located next to the Swiss Aire Motel 1201 Highway 69, New Glarus,WI 53574 Like us on Facebook

Feta + Goody Two Shoes A sweet white with floral notes, made from Brianna grapes (a cold climate variety) – offset by salty and tangy Feta in brine. Several varieties of Feta are produced under the Odyssey label at Klondike Cheese Factory – including peppercorn, tomato and basil, and Mediterranean herb.

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Just moments from New Glarus is the village of Belleville - a community with outstanding outdoor recreation plus two unique shopping stops. A distinct curve in the 930-foot Stewart Tunnel (three miles south on the Badger Trail) means you’ll need a flashlight to navigate Wisconsin’s darkest trail tunnel by bike. To the north, connect with the Capitol City Trail and the Madison area. If you're lucky you might catch a glimpse of the Eagle pairs who nest along the berm of Lake Belle View and the Sugar River. Take the ten-mile challenge: paddle your canoe or kayak on the Upper Sugar River course. A new outlet store on the north side of the village is the place to go for bargains from Duluth Trading Company . The outlet features comfortable and functional wear for

men and women. You'll find "Dry on the Fly" cargo pants, "Buck Naked" underwear, and "Shoreman's Fleece" to withstand Wisconsin's cold winter days, and specially designed gardening apparel and tools for women. The store also stocks footwear, outerwear, and accessories, plus stuff for dogs and kids. Patches and Petals-Quilter’s General Store in downtown Belleville is a quilter’s dream come true. Thousands of bolts of fabric are arranged by hue. Quilts line the walls and hang from the second floor balcony. Patches and Petals offers a variety of classes for beginners through advanced. Visit their website www.patchesandpetals. com for special events and upcoming classes, to sign up for the newsletter, and to see the latest new fabric arrivals. And if you can’t get to Belleville today, remember the online store is always open!

In the 1840’s the canton of Glarus in Switzerland was hit by recession. The mechanization of the Industrial Revolution had put many of the weavers and cloth printers out of work, so the community sent representatives to look for new opportunities in the New World. Learn about the epic journey and resilience of those who established the Swiss colony of New Glarus, and get a glimpse into the daily lives of these pioneers by visiting the Swiss Historical Village. Continue the history lesson at New Glarus Hotel (originally New Glarus Haus), circa 1853. By necessity, lodging establishments were among the earliest commercial businesses established in pioneer communities. The dining room here was once a theatre that hosted traveling vaudeville shows. New Glarus Hotel offers authentic Swiss dining, and downstairs you’ll find Ticino Pizzeria – inspired by southern Switzerland’s Italian-speaking canton of Ticino that borders Italy.


En j o y ma i n t e nan c e - f r e e l i v i n g and a s s i s t an c e wh e n y o u n e e d i t .

New Glarus Home offers a full continuum of services including retirement living, assisted living, skilled nursing, wellness and rehabilitation services in both New Glarus and Monroe, Wisconsin. Whether you or your loved no longer wants to deal with the maintenance of home ownership, or needs assistance in meal preparation and bathing, New Glarus Home has a program that’s right for you. Our premier Wellness Center offers whole body wellness for older adults who live at New Glarus Home and throughout Green County.


Serving New Glarus, Wisconsin • Glarner Village (Independent Living) • Glarner Haus (Independent Living) • Glarner Lodge (Assisted Living) • New Glarus Home (Skilled Nursing) • Chalet at Glarner Village (Short-term Rehabilitation) • Chalet Wellness & Rehabilitation Center (Therapy and Wellness)

Serving Monroe, Wisconsin • St. John’s Apartments (Independent Living) • St. Clare Friedenshiem (Assisted Living)


In keeping with the ministry of the United Church of Christ, the mission of New Glarus Home is to serve older persons, responding to their social, physical, emotional, spiritual and economic needs.

For more information, visit our website at or call us at (608) 527-2126 today! 608.862.3240

FEATURED EVENTS: Lions Club Pancake Day - February 10 Sugar River Earth Day - April 21 Yesteryear's Weekend - May 25-28

Lions Car Show - June 24 GAP Church Bash - July 21 Amish Quilt Auction - July 28 Lions Club Pig Out - August 4

GAP Church Hymn Sing - August 19 FFA Alumni Tractor Show - August 26 Fall Festival - September 29 Sugar River Christmas - December 1



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Down the river, up the trail, around the bluff and through the prairie. Nature is calling, and Albany has the answer. The Little and Big Sugar Rivers join up just north of the village, offering up the catch of the day. Outfitters can help arrange for a canoe, kayak, or tubing trip down river and a convenient shuttle ride back. The Albany Wildlife Area (public hunting grounds) is open for business – with deer, turkey and pheasants found on 1700 acres along the Sugar River. Nature lovers will want to visit the nearby 62 - acre Muralt Bluff Prairie. Throughout the summer, goldenrods and blazing stars attract various species of butterflies, and grassland birds are common. Take Hwy. 59 west for two miles, then north and west on County F to the access lane and parking area.

Travelers recommend the historic Albany House B&B for your next get-away: gourmet breakfasts, relaxing, comfortable and cozy! Stop downtown for ice cream, pubs, restaurants, and refreshments. Explore local history and family genealogy at Albany Historical Society Museum. Take a selfie at one of Albany’s favorite scenic spots: Sugar River Overlook Park (near post office and library), on the downtown bridge overlooking the Sugar River or from the vantage point of a kayak right on the river.

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The 23-mile trail connects the communities of Brodhead, Albany, Monticello and New Glarus. Users include bicyclists, hikers, and geo-cachers. Fourteen trestle bridges cross over the Sugar River and tributaries, while the trail passes by farmland, woods, rolling hills, scenic meadows, remnant prairies and glacial topography.

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FEATURED EVENTS: EAA Pancake Breakfast Fly-In - May 20 Community Rummage Sales - June 9 Twilight in the Park Concerts 4th of July Celebration - July 4 Amish Quilt Auction - July 28 Covered Bridge Days & Wildflower Art Festival - August 10-12 Autumnfest - October 6 Brodhead Jaycees Holiday Market - November 3 Fire & Ice Festival - December 7-8 Sunday evenings - June 17 – August 12



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Outdoor recreation is getting even sweeter this year due to the efforts of local water enthusiasts who have taken on a project to officially mark off a canoe and kayak trail on the Sugar River. Sixteen landing stations will be designated starting in Harrison, Illinois (where the Sugar River meets up with the Pecatonica River) and continuing north through all of Green County to the community of Belleville, Wisconsin. Small wooden kiosks will be set to mark the landings. Each includes a map with a “you are here” location, estimated paddling time to the next landing, and information on the wildlife sharing the river corridor. The trail is divided into three separate segments; each with

corresponding QR code (scan with your smart phone) taking paddlers directly to a custom Google map with details on paddling conditions plus visitor tips. For example, the northern segment includes Exeter Park Landing, featuring picnic facilities and a playground for kids on site; and the southern segment includes Head Gates Park with

restroom facilities and picnic areas, as well as a connection to various amenities in Brodhead. The waterway trail project was led by John Winters of the Decatur Lakes Mill Race Association and involved collaboration with Ron Phillips (owner of Brodhead Signs) and a donation of materials by Ordfordville Lumber.

100+ acres of parkland in the area = outstanding options for outdoor recreation with fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and biking for your enjoyment. The Sugar River Trail begins in downtown Brodhead and a short ride north will take you to the Clarence Covered Bridge. Exchange Square in downtown Brodhead is the backdrop for events like Autumnfest in October, and the nearby Veteran’s Park sets the stage for a Sunday Twilight in the Park concert series in summer. The Wildflower Art Festival (held during the city’s annual Covered Bridge Days in August) draws juried artists displaying original works in jewelry, stained glass, fiber, wood, photography, paintings, ceramics and more. Brodhead’s Fire and Ice Festival continues to grow in popularity – with signature events on the schedule for the weekend including chainsaw ice carving and a lighted holiday parade. Brodhead visitors will notice murals popping up around town.

The latest one reflects the local airport and the city’s connection to the “golden age of aviation.” (See related article on page 28.) Reminisce: the Brodhead Historical Society offers an excellent, searchable online

and fresh pie from Country Lane Bakery. Throughout the community you will see areas of native wildflower plantings which serve the dual purpose of adding beauty along with providing habitat for butterflies and birds.

archive of photographs and other materials. Visit Explore: a restored caboose and locomotive on the grounds of the Depot Museum. The museum itself showcases local history and railroad memorabilia. An expansion and renovation which began in November 2017 is expected to be ready for visitors in time for their annual Memorial Day opening. Taste: squeaky-fresh cheese curds at Decatur Dairy, sweet and juicy apples at Ten Eyck Orchard,



Pies, donuts and cream sticks, cookies, cinnamon rolls, bread, jams and jellies. Bakery Open: Fri & Sat 8 AM - 6 PM Brodhead Harnesses *Home cooked Amish dinners for larger groups - by reservation. New and Used Harnesses & Repair Mon - Sat 8 AM - 6 PM

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1602 Scotch Hill Road Brodhead, WI 53520 608.897.3820

When Brodhead residents refer to “the race” they’re not talking about a 5K. The Mill Race, originally created to power a water wheel at the grist mill, is a man-made tributary which flows from the Sugar River and later rejoins it. The divergence of the race from the river formed an island between – creating the idea for the Pearl Island Recreational Corridor. Hike, bike, bird watch, canoe, kayak, fish and even stand-up paddle board…Pearl Island is Brodhead’s outdoor recreation gem. Thank you to the dedicated group of volunteers for their continued hard work on the project.

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Our Family Farm Since 1839 Ten Eyck Orchard 2 miles west of Brodhead 10 miles east of Monroe Hwy. 11 & 81, Brodhead Open end of August through mid-November 608.897.4014




grass runways, became known as hub for vintage airplanes. Al moved his collection there, and established a trust to keep the planes accessible to the public and to provide scholarships for aviation careers. In 2012 things started moving toward the vision for the Kelch Aviation Museum. With their non-profit status in place, the group hired Pat Weeden as executive director and purchased 2.5 acres of land adjacent to the airport. “We’re only a museum because we say we are,” says Pat, who is leading the charge on a $1 million dollar capital campaign. With donations and pledges in place, about half has been raised for a 25,000 square foot building which will bring all the aircraft under one roof. Plans include regular hours, docents, and an ambitious curriculum of educational programming. “There’s an art to maintaining these old planes, and we have a golden opportunity to pass these skills on from local mechanics to the next generation,” says Pat, who also points to other teaching applications involving engineering and physics. The oldest in the collection is Al’s 1927 Travel Air 4000. At the time it was built, airplanes as we know them had only been around about ten years. “They were inventing stuff as they went along,” says Pat, who points out that the core of the collection represents engineering milestones of the era – the golden age of aviation. The best part of this museum is that all the aircraft can be flown. “It’s one thing to see it just sitting there,” says Pat, “but another thing entirely to see it fired up and buzzing the airport.” As of print time, tours are available by appointment only. Follow Kelch Aviation Museum on Facebook for updates. Contact Pat at 608.897.1175 if you’d like to visit, or if you’re interested in furthering the cause with a donation to the capital campaign.

when his uncle bought a plane and flew it to his nephew’s hometown in Iowa. Despite Uncle Percy’s crash landing, Al was hooked. By high school he was taking flight lessons. As an inventor and manufacturer in the 1950’s, Al was a pioneer in development of the process to cast aluminum molds for plastic injection, and is credited with the birth of the orange traffic cone.

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Jeff Beyer, president of Kelch Aviation Museum and Greg Heckman, mechanic and pilot - with the museum's 1929 Stearman C3B.

What do the creator of the ubiquitous orange traffic cone and a WWII pilot have in common? Both are part of the backstory of a new venture getting its wings this year in Brodhead. As a young boy, Al Kelch became enamored with airplanes and aviators

The Brodhead Airport dates back to 1946, when B-24 bomber pilot Major Bill Earleywine returned home from the war and rented a field south of town as a base for flight instruction and sightseeing. The interests of Alfred and Bill, along with the passion of local aviation enthusiasts, are coming together

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this year with plans to break ground for the Kelch Aviation Museum at the Brodhead Airport. Al enjoyed tinkering with all things mechanical. He restored a Travel Air 4000 flown by Charles Lindbergh, and created the judging guidelines for a Vintage Airplane Division at the EAA AirVenture Fly-In in Oshkosh. Fast forward to the early 1990’s, when Brodhead’s airport, with its distinctive


Steve Stettler and his wife Glennette invite you to visit their store and try many of their varieties of cheeses.

Master Cheesemaker Steve Stettler prepping curds before packaging.

MAY — OCTOBER Weather Permitting ✦ Gift Certificates Available ✦ The biplane seats two passengers. Flights start at $60 per person with two passengers.

Stop by our store and take home some cheese curds which are made fresh right at our factory.

Curd is the word TM and the Famed decatur Muenster curd. we carry Many MOre varieties! Our specialty curds include: Herb & Garlic, Buffalo, ranch peppercorn, Bleu cheese Flavored, cheddar,

GYPSY AIR TOURS | 608-215-7896 Experience the majestic beauty of the skies from the open cockpit of a vintage 1930 WACO Taperwing.

Ph: 608-897-8661 • Fax: 608-897-4587 W1668 County Road F, Brodhead, WI • Hours: 8 am-5 pm • Monday-Saturday

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AG-VENTURE Eat, drink, yodel – and party til the cows come home! In Green County, we’re proud of our agricultural heritage and enjoy sharing it with visitors. Here are some ideas for experiencing agriculture in action.

August 3 - 5, 2018

A celebration of Wisconsin family farms & rural life 3 Days • 5 Unique Components • 20+ Farms

TOUR A WORKING FARM Experience a scenic, family-owned

Tour of Farms Visit numerous women-owned farms. Farmstands open, offering eggs, fresh produce, meats, cut flowers and hand-crafted items. On-Farm Workshops Cheesemaking, preserve the harvest, bread baking, spin some fiber, plus many more.

SOIL SISTERS Celebrating Wisconsin farms and rural life. The largest women farmer-led annual event of it’s kind in the country, right here in Green County. Farm tours, “Green

dairy farm. Milk a cow, feed a calf, collect eggs. Dairy treats and goodie bags for kids. Fee charged; kids under five are free. Call 608.558.3471 for tours.

Acres” workshops, and culinary events like Pizza on the Farm. August 3-5, 2018

Taste of Place at Cow & Quince A local food & drink celebration. Farm-to-Table Dinner Savor a delicious meal featuring ingredients from the host farm.

Dine Fine at Restaurants Sample “locavore” specials. Pizza on the Farm Savor your own personal pizza made in a wood-fired oven.

BREAKFAST ON THE FARM A hearty sausage and egg breakfast topped off with an ice cream sundae for dessert. Meet farm families and their herds; petting zoo for the kids. Sponsored by Green County Ag Chest. Always the last Saturday in May. sterswi

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GREEN COUNTY AG CHEST Meet the Green County Dairy Queens! Yes you’ll see them waving in parades, but you'll also find them educating consumers, engaging in public relations, serving cream puffs and cheese, and proudly representing Green County's agricultural industry.

Schultz’s Inter-State Ag, Inc. is a leader in the agricultural building market. Schultz’s offers a wide range of services from initial design, construction, maintenance and service contracts. For all your grain drying and handling equipment needs: • Bucket Elevators • Bulk Feed Bins • Dumpits • Grain Bins • Grain Dryers • GrainVacs

GREEN COUNTY FAIR 4-H & FFA youth in action. For the judging schedule go to July 18-22, 2018

OPTIMIST CHEESE CURDS Savory batter & extra-fresh cubes of Cheddar are key to this recipe for fund-raising success. More than three-quarters of a million dollars have been raised for youth programs. Try these tasty bites at Cheese Days or the Green County Fair.

GREEN COUNTY CHEESE DAYS Cheese Tent, Dairy Farm Tours, Family Farm Adventure Tent, Cow Milking Contest, Cheesemaking Demo, and Wisconsin’s only parade led by a herd of Brown Swiss cows. Sept. 14 - 16, 2018

DID YOU KNOW that agriculture supports about 28% of the jobs in Green County? Of course there is dairy farming, but other ag-related businesses you might not expect include ethanol production, robotics, and custom stainless installations for food processing. “Production ag services” are yet another category – with an example being installation of grain drying systems by Tim Schultz and his team at Schultz’s Inter-State Ag in Monroe.

• Moisture Testers • Millwright Service • Seed Handling Equipment

Ag • Industrial • Commercial Located in the HEART of GREEN COUNTY!

608.325.CORN • 140 North 29th Ave. • Monroe,WI 53566



Mee th Awar -Winnin Master Cheesemaker of GREEN COUNTY

With over a dozen creameries, Green County is not only home to the largest concentration of cheesemakers in the nation, it’s home to the largest number of Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers. This elite title is only given to licensed Wisconsin cheesemakers who have been making cheese in Wisconsin for 10 years or more, and completed rigorous coursework in cheese technology, artisanship and grading.

Edelweis Creamer

Klondik Chees

For over three decades Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman has honed his skills as owner and head cheesemaker at Edelweiss Creamery in Monroe, Wisconsin. Visitors to the creamery’s retail store in New Glarus can pick up some of their award-winning emmentaler made with raw milk in a traditional Swiss copper vat, or sample muenster, butterkäse, gouda and havarti. Retail cheese store is in New Glarus. Hrs: Daily 10 am-5 pm; Winter hours vary.

Klondike Cheese Company is a fourth-generation family-owned business with five Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers, each certified in multiple varieties of Wisconsin Cheese. Fans of Wisconsin feta, brick, muenster and havarti can find this Monroe-based company’s cheeses at local and national retailers under the Odyssey ® and Swisconsin ® brand.

Don’t miss these other award-winning Green County cheese companies and retailers including Emmi Roth’s Alp and Dell Cheese Store , where you can watch the 2016 World Champion cheese Grand Cru ® made in a traditional Swiss copper vat; Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern for a local beer and signature limburger sandwich; or Silver- Lewis Cheese Co-op , to take a look at one of Wisconsin’s oldest cheese factories at 110+ years. Lookin for mor ?

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Chalet Cheese Cooperative is the only place in the country that produces Limburger cheese. This famous surface-ripened “stinky” cheese is made by Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Myron Olson, and instantly recognized by its pungent aroma. Try a taste of limburger, baby swiss or brick at Chalet’s Monroe-based factory and retail store. Retail Store . Hrs: M-F 7 am-3 pm.

Led by third-generation Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Steve Stettler and his wife Glennette, Decatur Dairy is known for producing a wide variety of award-winning Wisconsin cheeses. The company’s Brodhead retail store is the perfect place to pick up squeaky-fresh cheese curds or try one of their specialty Swiss cheeses - swiss-lace, Stettler swiss and colby-swiss. Retail Store, Mail Order, Online Orders. Hrs: M-Sat 9 am-5 pm.

Maple Leaf Cheese Coop, was established in 1910 by local family farms looking for a consistent and trustworthy market for their milk. Today, Maple Leaf Cheese is still locally farmer-owned and home to two Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers, Jeff Wideman and Paul Reigle. Maple Leaf produces award-winning Wisconsin cheddar, fontina and gouda available at their store located in Juda, Wisconsin. Retail Store, Mail Order. Hrs: M-F 8 am-6 pm; Sat 8 am-5 pm; Sun 10 am-4 pm. 608.325.7648

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Fun Facts & Points of Interest

Monroe’s cheesy story began “once upon a time” when farmers made their own cheese from the milk of their own dairy herds. Learn more with a visit to the Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory and a guided tour at the National Historic Cheesemaking Center. The bell in the clock tower of the Historic Green County Courthouse has been striking the hour since 1891. Visit on weekdays for a self- guided tour, a peek into the past in the History Room, and photo opp with judge's robe and gavel. Disc golf, swimming pool, skater’s ramps, tennis courts, handicap accessible playgrounds, and more – on 110 acres of parkland.

Sniff the air! It might be a fragrant Limburger cheese sandwich from Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern, popcorn popping at Rainbow Confections, chocolate melting at the Bakery at Colony Brands, or beer brewing downtown at historic Minhas Craft Brewery or newer Bullquarian Brewhouse. 2018 Mission Monroe – go on an interplanetary expedition with Main Street Monroe’s summer space theme. (Kick-Off on June 2) Hot Air, Hot Blues, Cool Brews: Monroe’s Balloon and Blues Fest is back on Father’s Day weekend. The family-friendly Badger State Trail offers bikers a view of Green

and enjoy the retro vibe at Monroe Den Roller Rink. Roll with it - take #3: Cheese factories in the area churn out more than 100 different varieties of cheese, including those of Hispanic, Greek, Dutch, and Danish origin. Stay awhile: lodging options are motels, bed and breakfast, and campground. For the best of the area’s visual and performing arts – it’s Monroe Arts Center. A 2016 renovation and addition to the center’s historic church brought new gallery spaces along with handicap accessibility to the concert hall. Follow Monroe Arts Center on Facebook for the latest arts and entertainment news. Got rhubarb? Downtown Monroe’s Farmer’s Market on the Square is your best bet for the freshest in seasonal produce, as well as jam, honey, meats, soaps and more. Join the fun at the oldest food fest in the Midwest, on the Square in downtown Monroe: Green County Cheese Days. Held every other year on the third weekend in September, the festival features Wisconsin’s only parade led by a herd of Brown Swiss cows. Also on the schedule – yodeling and alphorns, polka music, the giant cheese tent, and deep- fried cheese curds perfected by the Monroe Optimist club.

County’s pastoral scenery. Alp and Dell Cheese Store’s owner Tony Zgraggen is a Swiss native and longtime member of the New Glarus Yodel Club. He’s the featured yodeler this fall in a TV spot promoting Wisconsin. Roll with it - take #1: A designated route takes you from the ATV trailhead to motels, camping at the Green County Fairgrounds, and dining downtown.

Roll with it - take #2: Lace on some skates

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Celtic Pub Crawl - March 10 Farm Toy Show - March 11

Community Garage Sales - May 11-12 Cars on the Square* - June 1 Summer Kick-Off on the Square* - June 2 “Pickers” Flea Market - June 2-3 Old Time Cheesemaking - June 9

Balloon and Blues Festival - June 15-16 4th of July at Twining Park - July 4 8 Miles of “Ag-tiques” - July 7-8 Green County Fair - July 18-22

Maxwell Street Days* - August 3-4 Cars on the Square* - August 24 “Pickers” Flea Market - September 8-9 Green County Cheese Days - September 14-16 Minhas Monroe Film Festival - September 15

Fall National Tractor Pull - September 22 Tractor Drive & Ride - September 23 Model Railroad Show - September 29-30 Trunk or Treat & Parade* - October 31 Swiss Fest at Turner Hall - November 4 Christkindlmarkt - November 23-24

Lighted Christmas Parade* - November 30 Tree Lighting at Turner Hall - December 7 *Event Presented by Main Street Monroe

St. Patrick’s Day Parade* - March 17 Home & Business Expo - April 7-8 Outdoor Farmers Market Begins* - May 2

These are just some of our events; check the calendar at the back of the guide for more.

Visit and for updates and details.

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the Imobersteg Farm nearby in Illinois. Once a year, area cheesemakers (including Steve Stettler of Decatur Dairy, shown here) create a wheel of cheese in the factory's old copper kettle. Visitors are invited to take turns stirring with the “Swiss harp” as the milk is heated. Celebrities (like Cheese Days royalty or mascot "Wedgie") often make

No visit to Green County is complete without understanding how the area became recognized as Swiss Cheese Capital of the USA. The first cheese factory opened here in 1868 and fifty years later Green County was producing 31% of the cheese in the entire country. Discover these roots at the NATIONAL HISTORIC CHEESEMAKING CENTER where you will find cheese and dairy farming equipment, artifacts, photos, and a video archive showcasing locals who shaped the dairy industry. Volunteer tour guides share stories and explain the cheesemaking process. Just outside, travel back in time to the late 1800’s at an authentic IMOBERSTEG FARMSTEAD CHEESE FACTORY (moved here in 2010) can be viewed in a building where Brick, Swiss, and Limburger cheese were made using the milk from the herd at farmstead cheese factory. All the original equipment at the

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appearances, and visitors enjoy gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and alphorn entertainment. About four hours after the milk is delivered, a finished wheel of Emmentaler (Swiss) is whisked off for aging to a nearby factory cellar.

GREEN COUNTY WELCOME CENTER maps - area guides - visitor info

GUIDED TOURS OFFERED DAILY gallery - artifacts - archives

Open May thru October Tuesday - Saturday 9 am-4 pm Sunday 11 am-4pm

June 9, 2018

OLD TIME CHEESEMAKING DAY watch cheesemakers create a giant wheel of Swiss cheese using the original kettle in the HISTORIC FARMSTEAD FACTORY

2108 6th Avenue, Monroe Intersection of Hwy. 69 S & 21st St. 608.325.4636

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& Historic Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory

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