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Cheesemaker Going for Record with Giant Cheddar

May 30, 1988 GMT

LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (AP) _ Dave Simon hopes his company’s ″Belle of Wisconsin″ will one day be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest hunk of Cheddar cheese.

Belle, measuring 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 20 feet long and weighing 40,060 pounds, was unveiled this weekend in Little Chute and Madison, Wis., where it was transported in a tailor-made Cheesemobile.

The cheese, manufactured by Simon and his 35 employees at Simon’s Specialty Cheese, was the product of 7,000 cows. It took two days’ worth of milk production from 60 dairy farms. It will be cut into one-pound blocks and sold in about a year.

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Depending on how quickly it ages, the colossal cheese should retail at about $150,000, according to the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.

″We never had any problems. When we were taking it out of the cooler, though, we only had one-sixteenth of an inch of clearance on both sides as it came through the doors,″said Gary Romenesko, sales manager at Simon’s.

Belle should set a new Guinness record, surpassing the 34,591-pound ″Golden Giant″ displayed at the 1964 World’s Fair by the Cheese Maker’s Association.

The cheese will tour the United States, stopping at grocery stores, state fairs and special events along the way.