Saturday, September 16, 2006

RVers come together for Cheese Days

MONROE Wisconsin -- They come from all over: Illinois, Iowa, California, Indiana and Florida. They inhabit the Green County Fairgrounds for one weekend every other September. They have a wanderlust.

Mike Zigler of Sterling, Ill. washes the windshield of his "diesel pusher" motor home Thursday at the Green County Fairgrounds. Zigler is a member of the Cruisin' Chariots, a 35-unit motor home club that has attended Cheese Days for at least 10 years.

People, mostly retirees, converge on Monroe in campers and motor homes to take in Cheese Days, held in September of even years. For up to five days, the migrants mingle with friends and strangers. They take in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Cheese Days. They live life away from home in total comfort.

"Cheese Days is the draw. We come together to catch up," said Jim Vitte of Lyndon, Ill., at his sixth Cheese Days via motor coach.

Vitte is a member of Cruisin' Chariots, a 35-unit chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association. Ten of the chapter's 35 units were coming to Cheese Days.

Vitte, like many temporary Monroe residents, arrived late Thursday morning, hoping to get one of the prime spots. Clem Brabender of Gurnee, Ill., did the same thing. He's been coming to Cheese Days since 2000. Full Story...

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