Thirty-eight Centennial Farms and Ranches to be recognized at the Colorado State Fair
DENVER (August 3, 2017) — Thirty-eight Colorado families who have owned their farm or ranch for 100 years or more will be honored at the 31st annual Centennial Farms ceremony held on Friday, August 25 at the Colorado State Fair.
These farming and ranching families have withstood the pressures of difficult weather, state growth, and changes in the agricultural industry to preserve important pieces of our state’s commercial and cultural history.
The families will receive certificates signed by Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown, and History Colorado Executive Director Steve W. Turner. They will also receive iconic metal Centennial Farm signs to proudly display on their farms and ranches.
Since 1986, History Colorado, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the Colorado State Fair have partnered to honor Colorado’s farming and ranching heritage with the Centennial Farms program. When this year’s ceremony is completed, there will be 550 recognized Centennial Farms and Ranches across the state. The ceremony takes place at 4:00 p.m. in the Colorado Building at the fairgrounds. Media and the public are invited to attend.