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MSU celebrates Edam cheese’s 75th anniversary

Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will celebrate 75 years of Edam cheese production with a special anniversary event April 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the MAFES Sales store. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/File Corey)
Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will celebrate 75 years of Edam cheese production with a special anniversary event April 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the MAFES Sales store. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/File Corey)

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Seventy-five years have passed since Mississippi State University began producing its distinctive Edam cheese.

To celebrate this major milestone, MSU’s Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host a celebration on Saturday, April 20, outside the MAFES Sales Store. Refreshments will be served at the free public event from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

President Mark Keenum will preside over a cake-cutting ceremony, and MSU staff will distribute commemorative Edam cheese-shaped stress balls. Guests will be able to view a new video featuring people who helped shape MSU’s dairy program and a display featuring historic photographs and artifacts related to Edam cheese production.

MSU alumni and fans of the university’s Edam cheese have contributed to a collection of memories involving the distinctive “cannonball” cheese and to a Twitter photo campaign @msstate using the hashtag #SayCheeseState.

Additional celebrations will take place during MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni breakfast and at other times throughout the anniversary year.

For more information about the Edam cheese anniversary, call the MAFES Sales Store at (662) 325-2338 or visit http://www.msucheese.com.

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March 13, 2013
Writer: Keri Collins Lewis
Contact: Debbie Huffman, (662) 325-2338