After all the votes were tallied the winner of the US Championship Cheese Contest is:
an aged Gouda from Holland's Family Cheese LLC in Thorp, WI.
Second place went to: a Tarentaise from Spring Brooke Farms in Reading, VT.
Third place went to: a medium cheddar by Team Cracker Barrel Natural Cheese, Weyauwega, WI
Here is a link to yesterday's news story about the Finals of the Cheese Competition, including a short video of the winner, Marieke Penterman, who reminds me a bit of Ricki Carroll of New England Cheesemaking Supply