07-19-16 Centennial Farms awards event to honor 23 Colorado farming families

History CO Centennial Farms logo 2Centennial Farms awards event to honor 23 Colorado farming families

DENVER (July 19, 2016)—Twenty-three Colorado families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more will be honored at the 30th Centennial Farms awards ceremony held on August 26 at the Colorado State Fair.

The families will receive a certificate commemorating the event, as well as a sign to display on their farm or ranch. Some elected representatives of the families’ districts will be present. The families will be available for photographs and interviews following the ceremony.

Since 1986, History Colorado, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the Colorado State Fair have partnered to administer the Centennial Farms program. The Colorado Tourism Office has been a partner since 2015.

This year’s Centennial Farms:

Farm/Ranch Name                                          Year Settled                    Town/County

Chick Farm and Ranch 1916 Campo / Baca
Gates Farm 1914 Yuma / Washington
Ohr Family Farm 1912 Lindon / Washington
Sanders-Naugle 1906 Wild Horse / Cheyenne
Saffer Farms 1915 Arriba / Lincoln
Cyrilla and Edith Meis 1915 Yuma / Yuma
Noble Ranch LLC 1912 Yuma / Yuma
Haynes Hereford Ranch 1916 Holyoke / Phillips
Dickinson Farm & Ranch 1913 Crook / Logan
Kochis Farm 1914 Matheson / Elbert
Knoblauch Ranch 1882 Del Norte / Rio Grande
Wacker Farms & Livestock 1905 Brush / Morgan
RLS Ranch LLC (Hillside Ranch) 1916 Yuma / Yuma
Herman G. Peterson Farm/Ranch 1916 Kersey / Weld
Perlenfein Farm 1916 Yuma / Washington
Sleepy Hollow 1904 Ramah / Elbert
Fox Fire Farms 1916 Ignacio / La Plata
Stanley E. and Carol J. Shafer 1910 Laird / Yuma
Koch Farm 1914 Pueblo / Pueblo
Coe Middle Creek Ranch 1913 La Veta / Huerfano
H P Bar Ranch 1906 Sedgwick / Sedgwick
Allmer Farm & Ranch 1916 Briggsdale / Weld
Thomas Farm 1916 Wiggins / Morgan


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Submitted to The BARN by:

Jonathan Raab
Preservation Communications Manager
303-866-2049 | jonathan.raab@state.co.us