ONLY ON SUNRISE: Wisconsin front and center for 'National Mustard Day'

This weekend marks a salute to what some call the superhero of condiments. It's National Mustard Day and Wisconsin is front and center.

The National Mustard Museum is in Middleton. So, whether you're a yellow fan, prefer the brown or opt for honey mustard, you will find it all on Saturday. There's even mustard-themed music.

Museum curator Barry Levenson created a mustard version of "On Wisconsin" and happily shares the tune. Last year, some 6,500 people attended National Mustard Day.

They enjoyed live music, mustard games, mustard painting, the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile and free hotdogs, sans ketchup of course. The celebration has been going on for 24 years and keeps growing.

Levenson explains the museum's start on its website.

"I started collecting mustards in October 1986 the morning after my beloved Red Sox lost the World Series," he said. "I went to an all-night grocery, I walked up and down the aisles, I was depressed, I was crying, I heard a voice coming from the mustard saying if you collect us they will come. I did and they have."

The National Mustard Museum now holds the world's largest collection of mustards, more than 5,600. On Saturday, visitors can try 450 different varieties.

Eau Claire got in on the mustard action Thursday. Local mustard-maker Silver Spring held a Mustard Day event. Fans of the condiment could get samples, swap out other mustards for Silver Spring products for free and pose for pictures with Trax, the Eau Claire Express mascot.


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