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The big cheese on display at the Chicago World's Fair

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The Big Cheese

Back in 1893, a group of cheese makers from Perth, Ontario decided to make a giant cheese to promote Ontario's cheddar cheese. Teams of horses and wagons raced to bring in the curd from various factories to where the giant steel mould was waiting. It had to be kept at the correct temperature. It was very difficult and the men who made the cheese became legends for many years. The cheese traveled to the World's Fair in Chicago and later went to England.

I Was There

"I was born in 1902 to a cheese-making family.... My uncle, Dr. Ruddick, ... was the man who supervised the making of that big cheese, and he was also responsible for the transportation of it from place to place. They had to have a custom-made flat car to transport it on the railway."

"That Eleven-Ton Cheese", by Frank Leslie. From the book Voice of the Pioneer, Volume Two, edited by Bill McNeil. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, ©1984, p. 44 and 47

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