Indianapolis – Two Southeastern Indiana families are being recognized with Hoosier Homestead Awards at the State Fair.
The Chipman Family Farm, located in Dillsboro, has been in operation since 1907. The family received the centennial award for over 100 years of ownership.
The Heath Family Farm, in Vevay, received the sesquicentennial and has been in operation since 1863.
State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) is congratulating the recipients saying, “These families are the epitome of what it means to be a Hoosier: hardworking and willing to sacrifice for the wellbeing others.”
“I am pleased to see them receive the recognition they deserve and wish to extend my sincerest congratulations to both families on this special day.”
In 1976, the program was first established to acknowledge Indiana’s farming families that have made contributions to the economy, culture and the state’s overall advancement. Since the program’s inception, roughly 5,000 farms have been recognized for their dedication to Hoosier agriculture.
“Farming is certainly no easy job and the Hoosier Homestead Awards offer recognition where much is due,” said Rep. Frye. “I am confident that the Chipman and Heath families’ dedication and perseverance will afford them both many more years of success.”
Each year, two award ceremonies are held; one at the Statehouse in February and the other at the State Fair in August.
In February, the Hicks Family Farm, in Napoleon, received the centennial award.