LEWISBURG, WV (07/11/2011)(readMedia)– The sixth annual Farming Heritage Award will be presented to the The Call Family-Stacy, Rosella, and son, Zachary of Milton, WV. The award is sponsored by the State Fair of West Virginia and the West Virginia Farm Bureau, and presented to a worthy family who has demonstrated a commitment to a rural lifestyle, been involved in their community, and served as role models to others in the state of West Virginia.
Three generations of the Call Family have continued the operation of this 100-plus acre farm. The Call’s primarily raise 100 head of cattle, but also run 20 brood cows with calves and do Artificial Insemination to upgrade their genetic line. Additionally, they keep about 10 sows to provide an outlet for 4-H and FFA members who participate at fairs, and use four donkeys for predator control of the farm.
Zachary pursues his own farming enterprise by investing in the meat goat program, keeping three miniature horses, and adding to a flock of hens. The Call Family continues the legacy of community service with memberships in agriculture related associations, and community/civic activities. In memory of their son Seth, the Call Family sponsors a $500 award to a program which allows children with disabilities to work closely with a 4-H member to show a lamb at their local fair.
The Call family will participate in the Farming Heritage Award Ceremony held on Thursday, August 19, “Governor’s Day” at the 2011 State Fair. Their award will be presented by State Fair President John Wilson and West Virginia Farm Bureau President Charles Wilfong. The Honorable Acting Governor Earl Tomblin and the Honorable Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass will address the group and participate in the awards ceremony. Also, included in the award package is a day at the fair, including overnight accommodations, free admission, preferred parking, as well as an engraved Natural Stone Award.
Applicants for the 2011 Farming Heritage Award were competitive and the judges commend these farming families for their dedication and longevity to the farming industry. For more information on the Farming Heritage Awards, as well as information on the 2011 State Fair of West Virginia, please visit www.statefairofwv.com.