Three Bartholomew County families were among those honored Friday at the Indiana State Fair through the Hoosier Homestead Award program.
To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions recognized are Centennial (100 years), Sesquicentennial (150 years) and Bicentennial (200 years).
According to organizers, Bartholomew farmers receiving the Centennial award included:
- Andrews family farm, established in 1894.
- Jeffrey and Cynthia Shoaf, for their 1902 farm.
- The Voelz family farm, established in 1875.
Three Decatur county farms were also recognized with the Centennial award, and one Decatur-Jennings county farm. Those included:
- Porter family in Decatur County, since 1880
- Forster-Mahan family in Decatur County, since 1907
- Mang family in Decatur County, since 1917
- Hamilton family in Decatur/Jennings since 1902.