Several families from Parke, Putnam, and Clay counties were honored with Hoosier Homestead Awards given by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman at the state fairgrounds last week.
"I am honored to represent a district that houses so many families with deep roots in our community," said 44th District State Rep. Andy Thomas. "Keeping a farm in one family for more than 100 years is an enormous achievement. Each family should be proud of their hard work and dedication."
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program, overseen by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, recognizes families who have owned the same farm for 100 years with a centennial award, for 150 years with a sesquicentennial award, and for 200 years or more with a bicentennial award. The program stresses the importance of Hoosiers' contributions to the economic, cultural, and social prosperity of Indiana. District 44 Hoosier Homestead Award Recipients (includes surrounding areas) were the Anstead family (Parke County), the Clark family (Parke County), the Drake family (Parke County), the Long family (Putnam County), the Murray family (Putnam County), the Nichols family (Putnam County), the Coltharp family (Clay County) and the Stigler Family (Clay County).
Rep. Thomas represents House District 44, which includes portions of Putnam, Parke, Clay, and Vigo counties.