Keeping a farm or homestead in the family for more than 100 or 150 years is truly a great accomplishmen. And that’s something that the Wisconsin State Fair wants to recognize through their Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Award.
To qualify for the award, families are required to provide proof of continuous family ownership of a property in the state of Wisconsin for either the last 100 or 150 years. All property owners will be honored at a special Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Award Program. This will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6 in conjunction with the 2024 Wisconsin State Fair which takes place Thursday, Aug. 1 – Sunday, Aug. 11 at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.
Honorees will receive complimentary Fair admission tickets, an invitation to the awards breakfast, commemorative photo, certificate, as well as an outdoor display sign.
“We encourage everyone to make a copy of their application for family records,” says Albanese. “It’s a one-page application, front and back, but it’s a testament to the family’s commitment and history.”
The Century Farm and Home Program began in 1948 in conjunction with the State of Wisconsin’s Centennial Celebration. There are currently 9,982 Century Farms and Homes nestled throughout the Badger State. The Sesquicentennial Program similarly originated in 1998 as part of the State’s Sesquicentennial Celebration and has since honored 1,044 families.
Applications for the Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Award are available now. They must be postmarked by the application deadline Friday, March 1, 2024. Only one certificate may be issued per property.
To request a copy of either application, contact jill Albanese, Director of Competitive Exhibits, at 414-777-0580, or write to:
Century or Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Program at 640 S 84 Street West Allis, WI 53214.