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Colorado Centennial Farms Day celebrated at State Fair

Ella Marie Hayes
Saratoga, Wyo.

Ella Marie HayesFour generations representing the family for the Spomer Farm are: L to R - Noel V. Hayes, Jr. "Van", Ella Marie (Spomer) Hayes, David Hayes, 10-month-old Rock David Rupprecht, and Michele (Hayes) Rupprecht.

Eighteen Colorado families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more were recognized during the 25th Annual Centennial Farms Celebration on Friday, August 26, 2011 on the Pepsi stage in Family Park at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colo. In honor of the event, Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed August 26 as “Colorado Centennial Farms Day.”

The Centennial Farms Program was created in 1986 by Governor Richard D. Lamm, History Colorado (formerly known as the Colorado Historical Society) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture to recognize the important role agriculture has played in our state. Today the program is administered by the State Historical Fund, a program of History Colorado.

The Colorado Centennial Farms program was the first program of its kind in the nation to present a Historic Structures Award to families who have successfully preserved historic buildings on farms and ranches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides this additional recognition. Twelve of the eighteen families were recognized for this distinction in 2011 and received a “red barn attachment” to be displayed on their Centennial Farm sign.

Each year recipients are presented a framed certificate signed by the Governor and other officials and a sign to display on their property. This year honorees also received a signed Proclamation from the Governor and a printed commendation on request of Representative Jerry Sonnenberg from the 68th General Assembly of the House of Representatives.  The latter contained the family history of the awarded site which will be permanently preserved in the House archives.

Ed Nichols, President and CEO of History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society; John Salazar, Commissioner of Agriculture, and John Stulp, former Commissioner of Agriculture, made acknowledgements and presented awards to family representatives. Lyle Miller, Centennial Farms Coordinator served as master-of-ceremonies.

The awards honor Colorado’s families who have maintained ownership of their land for more than a century in spite of the economic challenges that face modern farming. At the ceremony, a brief history of each farm was presented, including stories of prosperity and hardship. Family representatives were available for interviews at a reception following the ceremony.

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“These long-standing farm and ranch families play an integral role in preserving important aspects of Colorado’s history,” Nichols said. “In spite of the pressures of growth, changes in farming methods, drought, and economic conditions, these families have maintained their way of life while many historic barns and other agricultural sites around the nation are disappearing at an alarming rate.”

This year History Colorado has partnered with Barn Media, which is owned and operated by Brian Allmer, to bring the public the stories of this year’s Centennial farmers. See these stories and the complete list of the over 400 Centennial Farms, at http://www.HistoryColorado.org/Archaeologists/Centennial-Farms. Stay tuned to the History Colorado Centennial Farms page to see the recording from this years program and future interviews.

Over the past 25 years, Weld County has been honored with the most Centennial Farms. The two Weld County honorees in 2011 include the Shapley Ranch at Stoneham and the Spomer Farm at Milliken. Today, David Hayes operates Spomer Ranch Horse Boarding and Red Barn Bison, where he raises bison and sells bison meats and products. 

Van and Ella Marie (Spomer) Hayes represented the Spomer/Hayes/Stephens families during the ceremony. David Hayes; Michele (Hayes) Rupprecht; and 10-month-old Rock Rupprecht also attended the event representing four generations. Susanne (Spomer) Stephens and husband Jon Stephens, Bellvue, Colo.; Sloane (Stephens) Awtrey, Boston, Mass.; Steven Hayes, Kennedate, Texas; Michael Hayes DVM, Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Katherine (Hayes) Hall, Wright, Wyo., and their families were unable to attend.

The special recognition for the 18 awardees at the 2011 Colorado State Fair will provide an ongoing memory for family members who attended, as well as those unable to attend. The many printed and audio-visual records will be added to each centennial farm’s heritage to serve as a permanent record for these recipients for generations to come.

Eighteen Colorado families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more were recognized during the 25th Annual Centennial Farms Celebration on Friday, August 26, 2011 on the Pepsi stage in Family Park at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colo. In honor of the event, Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed August 26 as “Colorado Centennial Farms Day.”

The Centennial Farms Program was created in 1986 by Governor Richard D. Lamm, History Colorado (formerly known as the Colorado Historical Society) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture to recognize the important role agriculture has played in our state. Today the program is administered by the State Historical Fund, a program of History Colorado.

The Colorado Centennial Farms program was the first program of its kind in the nation to present a Historic Structures Award to families who have successfully preserved historic buildings on farms and ranches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides this additional recognition. Twelve of the eighteen families were recognized for this distinction in 2011 and received a “red barn attachment” to be displayed on their Centennial Farm sign.

Each year recipients are presented a framed certificate signed by the Governor and other officials and a sign to display on their property. This year honorees also received a signed Proclamation from the Governor and a printed commendation on request of Representative Jerry Sonnenberg from the 68th General Assembly of the House of Representatives.  The latter contained the family history of the awarded site which will be permanently preserved in the House archives.

Ed Nichols, President and CEO of History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society; John Salazar, Commissioner of Agriculture, and John Stulp, former Commissioner of Agriculture, made acknowledgements and presented awards to family representatives. Lyle Miller, Centennial Farms Coordinator served as master-of-ceremonies.

The awards honor Colorado’s families who have maintained ownership of their land for more than a century in spite of the economic challenges that face modern farming. At the ceremony, a brief history of each farm was presented, including stories of prosperity and hardship. Family representatives were available for interviews at a reception following the ceremony.

“These long-standing farm and ranch families play an integral role in preserving important aspects of Colorado’s history,” Nichols said. “In spite of the pressures of growth, changes in farming methods, drought, and economic conditions, these families have maintained their way of life while many historic barns and other agricultural sites around the nation are disappearing at an alarming rate.”

This year History Colorado has partnered with Barn Media, which is owned and operated by Brian Allmer, to bring the public the stories of this year’s Centennial farmers. See these stories and the complete list of the over 400 Centennial Farms, at http://www.HistoryColorado.org/Archaeologists/Centennial-Farms. Stay tuned to the History Colorado Centennial Farms page to see the recording from this years program and future interviews.

Over the past 25 years, Weld County has been honored with the most Centennial Farms. The two Weld County honorees in 2011 include the Shapley Ranch at Stoneham and the Spomer Farm at Milliken. Today, David Hayes operates Spomer Ranch Horse Boarding and Red Barn Bison, where he raises bison and sells bison meats and products. 

Van and Ella Marie (Spomer) Hayes represented the Spomer/Hayes/Stephens families during the ceremony. David Hayes; Michele (Hayes) Rupprecht; and 10-month-old Rock Rupprecht also attended the event representing four generations. Susanne (Spomer) Stephens and husband Jon Stephens, Bellvue, Colo.; Sloane (Stephens) Awtrey, Boston, Mass.; Steven Hayes, Kennedate, Texas; Michael Hayes DVM, Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Katherine (Hayes) Hall, Wright, Wyo., and their families were unable to attend.

The special recognition for the 18 awardees at the 2011 Colorado State Fair will provide an ongoing memory for family members who attended, as well as those unable to attend. The many printed and audio-visual records will be added to each centennial farm’s heritage to serve as a permanent record for these recipients for generations to come.

Eighteen Colorado families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more were recognized during the 25th Annual Centennial Farms Celebration on Friday, August 26, 2011 on the Pepsi stage in Family Park at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colo. In honor of the event, Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed August 26 as “Colorado Centennial Farms Day.”

The Centennial Farms Program was created in 1986 by Governor Richard D. Lamm, History Colorado (formerly known as the Colorado Historical Society) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture to recognize the important role agriculture has played in our state. Today the program is administered by the State Historical Fund, a program of History Colorado.

The Colorado Centennial Farms program was the first program of its kind in the nation to present a Historic Structures Award to families who have successfully preserved historic buildings on farms and ranches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides this additional recognition. Twelve of the eighteen families were recognized for this distinction in 2011 and received a “red barn attachment” to be displayed on their Centennial Farm sign.

Each year recipients are presented a framed certificate signed by the Governor and other officials and a sign to display on their property. This year honorees also received a signed Proclamation from the Governor and a printed commendation on request of Representative Jerry Sonnenberg from the 68th General Assembly of the House of Representatives.  The latter contained the family history of the awarded site which will be permanently preserved in the House archives.

Ed Nichols, President and CEO of History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society; John Salazar, Commissioner of Agriculture, and John Stulp, former Commissioner of Agriculture, made acknowledgements and presented awards to family representatives. Lyle Miller, Centennial Farms Coordinator served as master-of-ceremonies.

The awards honor Colorado’s families who have maintained ownership of their land for more than a century in spite of the economic challenges that face modern farming. At the ceremony, a brief history of each farm was presented, including stories of prosperity and hardship. Family representatives were available for interviews at a reception following the ceremony.

“These long-standing farm and ranch families play an integral role in preserving important aspects of Colorado’s history,” Nichols said. “In spite of the pressures of growth, changes in farming methods, drought, and economic conditions, these families have maintained their way of life while many historic barns and other agricultural sites around the nation are disappearing at an alarming rate.”

This year History Colorado has partnered with Barn Media, which is owned and operated by Brian Allmer, to bring the public the stories of this year’s Centennial farmers. See these stories and the complete list of the over 400 Centennial Farms, at http://www.HistoryColorado.org/Archaeologists/Centennial-Farms. Stay tuned to the History Colorado Centennial Farms page to see the recording from this years program and future interviews.

Over the past 25 years, Weld County has been honored with the most Centennial Farms. The two Weld County honorees in 2011 include the Shapley Ranch at Stoneham and the Spomer Farm at Milliken. Today, David Hayes operates Spomer Ranch Horse Boarding and Red Barn Bison, where he raises bison and sells bison meats and products. 

Van and Ella Marie (Spomer) Hayes represented the Spomer/Hayes/Stephens families during the ceremony. David Hayes; Michele (Hayes) Rupprecht; and 10-month-old Rock Rupprecht also attended the event representing four generations. Susanne (Spomer) Stephens and husband Jon Stephens, Bellvue, Colo.; Sloane (Stephens) Awtrey, Boston, Mass.; Steven Hayes, Kennedate, Texas; Michael Hayes DVM, Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Katherine (Hayes) Hall, Wright, Wyo., and their families were unable to attend.

The special recognition for the 18 awardees at the 2011 Colorado State Fair will provide an ongoing memory for family members who attended, as well as those unable to attend. The many printed and audio-visual records will be added to each centennial farm’s heritage to serve as a permanent record for these recipients for generations to come.