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Concord, Massachusetts, Celebrates the Arrival of a Cheese Wheel

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CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS -- Have you ever celebrated the arrival of a wheel of cheese?

Concord, Mass., does, every year. Known previously for its connection to Revolutionary War historical roots, the town now turns out en masse on the first Thursday of every December to celebrate the arrival of the largest wheel of Italian cheese in North America.

The Crucolo cheese wheel is made by the Purin family for the ast 250 years in Scurelle, a town in the mountains of Trentino, Italy, where the cheese is made especially for this event. The wheel of cheese weighs 400 pounds, is equal in diameter to a 3-year-old child, and arrives down the town's main commercial street by a horse drawn cart, accompanied by a member of the Purin family.

This coming Thursday, December 5, at 3:30 p.m., resident will assemble on Walden Street to see the Crucolo Dancers, a troupe of Concord Academy teenagers. The cheese will be serenaded by an Italian chorale group while onlookers brandish italian flags. An announcer will proclaim Thursday Crucolo Day in Concord, in both English and Italian.

The Crucolo is then rolled from the horse cart to a stage and then cut, sliced and distributed to the crowd.

People will pose with the giant cheese, while inside The Concord Cheese Shop, cheese lovers will purchase a piece of the Crucolo, which retails for about $20 per pound.

The entire 400-pound wheel will be sold before Christmas.

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