100-year-old farms, ranches will be honored at state fair
History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture are extending the deadline to apply for inclusion in the 2018 class of Centennial Farms & Ranches to May 31. Join 550 other Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches by applying at https://www.historycolorado.org/centennial-farms-ranches.
Eligible properties must:
• Have remained in the same family continuously for 100 years or more;
• Be a working farm or ranch;
• Have a minimum of 160 acres — however, properties with fewer than 160 acres can qualify if they gross at least $1,000 in annual sales.
• Properties that have four or more well-maintained structures — that are at least 50 years old — are also eligible for a Historic Structures Award.
Applicants must provide information about the history of their property and its buildings and demonstrate that the farm or ranch meets the program’s requirements. If they are applying for a Historic Structures Award, applicants must submit photos of the eligible buildings or structures.
The Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches program honors the important role agriculture has played in our state’s history, economic development, and modern-day well-being.
To apply, visit https://www.historycolorado.org/centennial-farms-ranches or call the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation at (303) 866-3392.
The 2018 Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches ceremony will be held on Friday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. at the Weatherport Entertainment Tent at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.