Century Farm or Home Program

Century Farm Sign

Applications are now available for the 2022 Century and Sesquicentennial Farm or Home Award, a prestigious award given to families who have dedicated their lives to Wisconsin farming for 100 or 150 years. The Century Farm or Home Program began in 1948 in conjunction with the State of Wisconsin’s Centennial Celebration and is a program of the Wisconsin State Fair. Application deadline is March 1, 2022.

Honorees will receive complimentary State Fair admission tickets, an invitation to the awards breakfast, a commemorative photo, certificate, and outdoor display sign.

Eligible farm and home owners in the Town of Farmington are encouraged to apply! If you need assistance with the application process, email us at farmingtonhistory017@gmail.com.

PROGRAM DETAILS & APPLICATION

Congratulations to Farmington's 2021 Inductees

Centennial Farm

Judy & Carl H. Degnitz
8548 Fillmore Rd.

Sesquicentennial Farm

Judy & Carl H. Degnitz
8548 Fillmore Rd.


Farmington's Century Farms & Homes

Century Farms & Homes (PDF)

Apply for the Program

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022

Applications for the Century and Sesquicentennial Farm or Home Award are available now and must be postmarked by the application deadline Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Only one certificate may be issued per property.

To qualify for the award, the farm or home, in whole or in part, must have been in continuous family ownership in the State of Wisconsin for the past 100 or 150 years. Title of century property must reside in a blood relative of the original owner or a legally-adopted child of a descendant.

Continuous residence in the State or on the property is not required, but the title to the property must be continuous.

Completed applications must be mailed to: Century Farm Program, Attn: Jill Albanese, Wisconsin State Fair, 640 S. 84th St. West Allis, WI 53214.

All property owners will be honored at a special Century and Sesquicentennial Farm or Home Award Program held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, in conjunction with the 2022 Wisconsin State Fair at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the Century Farm or Home Program, call Jill Albanese at (414) 777-0580 or email jill.albanese@wistatefair.com

Need Application Help?

Farmington Historical Society can assist with the application process. If you need help, call us at (262) 689-9056 or email farmingtonhistory017@gmail.com.

Mail Application

Mail applications to:

  • Jill Albanese
  • Century Farm Program
  • Wisconsin State Fair
  • 640 S. 84th St.
  • West Allis, WI 53214

Applications must be received no later than March 1, 2022.

Farmington's 2021 Century Farm Inductees

Degnitz Family Honored for 150 Years of Farming

Congratulations to Judy & Carl H. Degnitz who were honored at the 2021 Wisconsin State Fair for their Century and Sesquicenntenial Farm.

This prestigious award is given to families who have dedicated their lives to Wisconsin farming for 100 or 150 years.

Their historic farm is located at 8548 Fillmore Rd.

Degnitz Century Farm

Program Fun Facts

Honorees Since Inception

The Century Farm Awards Program began in 1948 in conjunction with the State of Wisconsin’s Centennial Celebration. There are currently nearly 10,000 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 982 families.

2021 Honorees

In 2021, 84 properties across the State of Wisconsin were honored with the Century Farm Award for 100 years of continuous family ownership.

In 2021, 27 properties across the state of Wisconsin were honored with the Sesquicentennial Farm Award for 150 years of continuous family ownership.

Most Century Farms

Since the Century Farm Award was first given out 1948, the following counties have the most properties to receive the award:

  1. Dane County – 418 properties
  2. Dodge County – 366 properties
  3. Washington County – 324 properties
  4. Manitowoc County – 311 properties
  5. Sheboygan County – 281 properties

Most Sesquicentennial Farms

Since the Sesquicentennial Farm Award was first given out 1998, the following counties have the most properties to receive the award:

  1. Washington County – 95 properties
  2. Dodge County – 55 properties
  3. Dane County – 54 properties
  4. Columbia County – 49 properties
  5. Manitowoc County – 41 properties

Number of Generations

On average, properties that receive the Century Farm Award have been in the family for 3-5 generations.

Properties that received the Sesquicentennial Farm Award have been in the family for an average of 5-6 generations.

Across Wisconsin

Properties in 70 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties have been honored with the Century Farm Award since the program first started in 1948.

Since 1998, properties in 55 of the state’s 72 counties have received the Sesquicentennial Farm Award.


Century & Sesquicentennial Farm or Home Program information courtesy of Wisconsin State Fair.

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