April 30 is the deadline this year to nominate a farm or ranch that has been in operation for at least 100 years for recognition at the Colorado State Fair.
Governor Richard Lamm created the Colorado Centennial Farms and Ranches program in 1986 to call attention to the role of agriculture in the state's development. Families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more can submit a nomination for an award, along with being recognized at the annual state fair, which begins in late August.
Applications must include details about the history of the farm or ranch.
In order to be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements
- Properties must have remained in the same family continuously for at least 100 years
- Property must still be a working farm or ranch
- Have a minimum of 160 acres or, if under 160 acres, generate at least $1,000 in sales each year
Awards are presented at a ceremony at the fair, and include a certificate signed by Governor John Hickenlooper. A sign to display at the property is also included.
Families which have maintained historic buildings on their property that are at least 50 years old will be recognized with an Historic Structures Award.
Applications are available for download, or can be requested by calling 303-866-4683.