(Presenting the Gray family with the Centennial Hoosier Homestead Award were Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay. Pictured from left are Kelsay, Stanley and Joan Gray, Skillman, Claudia (Gray) Luke and Kirk Gray.)
Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay presented the Hoosier Homestead Award to the Gray family of Churubusco at the Indiana State Fair two weeks ago.
The Gray Farm, owned and operated by Kirk Gray, was recognized with the Centennial Hoosier Homestead Award for being owned by the same family for over 100 years. The farm has been in operation since 1888.
Forty-six Centennial Awards were given for 100 years of ownership and 29 Sesquicentennial awards recognized 150 years.
Another Noble County farm, the Stout Farm in Kendallville, received the Sesquicentennial Hoosier Homestead Award for farming since 1844. The program began in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions these families have made to Indiana agriculture. More than 5,000 farms have been recognized since the program was established.
“It’s a tremendous accomplishment to own a business for over 100 years or even 150 years,” said State Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) in a press release. “These families value the importance of the agriculture industry by dedicating generations of work to preserve it. Their achievements deserve the utmost respect.”
Two award ceremonies are held each year – one at the Statehouse in February and one at the State Fair in August.