Colby celebrates its 50th Cheese Days this weekend
The 50th annual Colby Cheese Days takes place this weekend, carrying on the event’s tradition of blending a little old with a little new.
Since 1965, the stated purpose of Colby Cheese Days has been to celebrate the birthplace of Colby cheese.
Colby citizens came up with the idea in 1965, according to Dave Strathmann, who became involved in Cheese Days in 1989. He served as president of the chamber of commerce and vice-president of Cheese Days from 1993 to 2003. He said the founders, Doc Fults, Jim Eggebrecht and Jake Hedler, were just “three concerned businessmen.”
“They thought there really should be a celebration in town since this is the birth place of Colby cheese. They started planning with money out of their own pockets. They would drive all over the countryside raising funds and promoting the event.”