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    ACS JUDGING & COMPETITION

    The ACS Judging & Competition, the leading competition of American-made cheeses, takes place each year in conjunction with the annual ACS Conference. The 2013 Judging & Competition was held in Madison, WI. The ACS Conference, ACS 30th Anniversary: In a Dairy State of Mind was held from July 31 – August 3 and culminated with the Awards Ceremony on Friday, August 2 and the Festival of Cheese on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

    The Judging & Competition and Conference Planning Committees are working hard to make the 2014 Judging & Competition, Awards Ceremony, and Festival of Cheese in Sacramento, CA exciting events that will recognize the work of cheesemakers from across North America. We hope to see you there! Check back this winter for entry dates and deadlines.

    PREPARING FOR THE 2013 JUDGING & COMPETITION

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    ACS will be receiving Judging & Competition entries on Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26, 2013. Entrants will be able to print the following shipping materials online:

    • Producer Information Letter
    • Packing Slips
    • Competition Entry Labels
    • Non-US entrants can also print a US Customs Letter to include with their shipment

    In addition, we encourage entrants to review the following documents and videos:

    Important Packing & Shipping Tips Video*

    *Music in this video is courtesy of http://www.danosongs.com.

    ** Please note that the above video references 2012 receiving days. Receiving days in Madison, WI for the 2013 Judging & Competition will be July 25th and July 26th.


    2013 ENTRY FEES*

    • $60 for on-time entries (CLOSED)
    • $85 for late entries (CLOSED)

    * Entry fees include permission for winners to use the high-resolution digital 2013 ACS Winner logo (per ACS guidelines). The logo will be sent to winners shortly after the Judging & Competition.

    IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS FOR ENTERING COMPANIES:

    2013 ENTRY DEADLINES

    • Friday, May 17 – Deadline for on-time entries (CLOSED)
    • Friday, May 24 – Deadline for late entries* (CLOSED)

    *Entries submitted between May 18 and May 24 will be considered late and will be subject to the late entry fee of $85/entry. Entries received after May 24 will not be accepted.

     

    HAVE YOU SUBMITTED YOUR DAIRY PLANT PERMIT OR HEALTH INSPECTION REPORT?

    Judging & Competition entries are not complete until ACS receives a copy of your current Dairy Plant Permit or Health Inspection Report. Please be sure to include this document within your company profile in the online entry system.

    QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

    If you have any questions or comments about the ACS Judging & Competition, please don’t hesitate to contact the ACS office at (720) 328-2788 or email entries@cheesesociety.org. Or, you may find your answer in the “Frequently Asked Questions” section below.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    I was unable to access the online entry system using my ACS member login. Why didn’t this work?

    • Profiles on the ACS online entry system differ from your year-round ACS member profile. You will not be able to access the online entry system with your ACS member login. Instead, you will need to create a new profile with your email address and password before entering the Judging & Competition.

    I lost my password for the online entry system. How do I retrieve it?

    • ACS does not store passwords. If you have lost your password, contact ACS.

    After I pay for my entry, can I log back into the online system to edit it?

    • Entries in the online system can only be edited prior to the payment step. After you have paid for your entry online, you will not be able to revisit it. If you need to edit an entry after completing the payment step, please contact the ACS office at entries@cheesesociety.org or (720) 328-2788 with the edits you’d like to make.

    I completed and paid for my entry, but did not receive a payment receipt.

    • Contact the ACS office at entries@cheesesociety.org or (720) 328-2788 and we will re-send your confirmation email. You may need to add “entries@cheesesociety.org” to the list of approved senders with your email client.