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Please pass the mustard! Mustard Museum celebrates grand opening

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MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- The Mustard Museum has been a Wisconsin favorite since its 1986 opening, and on Friday night it celebrated its grand opening in Middleton. These people love their mustard.

"It just has a wonderful flavor and it's great for digestion, especially for older people," said Vi Bergum, a Madison woman also known as the Duchess of Mustard.

The new museum first opened in November, but it has taken a few months to transfer everything. On Friday night, the very last jar of mustard arrived in the capable hands of the Middleton and Mount Horeb cross-country teams, who ran the 17 miles between the two cities in a relay, all for the love of the museum.

Grey Poupon also presented each school's athletic program with a $1,000 check for helping to transfer the precious final mustard jar.

"It's pretty awesome; it's got tons of different types of mustard," said one Middleton cross-country runner.

Nearly 5,200 types, in fact, from more than 60 different countries.

The impressive new location features interactive exhibits and hot dogs to give visitors the ultimate tasting experience.

Owner and mustard curator Barry Levenson says it was hard to say goodbye to the old museum, but says the new one will attract more visitors and celebrate mustard in a bigger, better way.

"I think when people see the new space they'll understand the opportunities that presented themselves to us to tell the story of mustard in a far more dramatic way," said Levenson.

"I don't have to drive so far, and I do love the facility here; it's just so fantastic," said Bergum.

The move from Mount Horeb to Middleton in October 2009 sparked controversy because of the economic and tourism impact it has. Curator and owner Barry Levenson received $50,000 from the city of Middleton to relocate.

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