Judges at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest will have no shortage of things to try next month.

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MADISON, Wis. -- Judges at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest will have no shortage of things to try next month.

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association announced Wednesday that a total of 2,249 entries will be evaluated at this year's contest. The cheese, butter, yogurt, and dry dairy ingredients come from nearly 200 makers across 35 states.

"This impressive number of entries shows how meaningful this competition is to the nation’s dairy craftsmen and women," contest manager Kirsten Strohmenger said. "We’re honored to provide this opportunity for dairy manufacturers large and small to improve their craft and grow their businesses."

Each entry will be judged on certain qualities like flavor, texture and color. The top three entries in each of the 113 categories will receive a gold, silver or bronze medal.

This year's contest will be held at Resch Expo in Green Bay. The preliminary rounds on Feb. 21 and Feb 22 will be open to the public. The champion will be announced in a closed ceremony on Feb. 23.

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