Farm Family of the Year nominations still open

Despite cancellation, fair organizers still seek to bestow award

PORT ANGELES — Organizers will honor a Clallam County Farm Family of the Year this year despite the county fair having been canceled due to COVID-19 precautions.

Nominations are due by July 1.

The award honors a Clallam County Farm that “epitomizes the spirit of the industry, to show appreciation for hardworking Clallam County Farm families committed to the agriculture and aquaculture of Clallam County.”

Farm families may nominate themselves, while nominations can also come from other families, friends or any community individual.

The award was scheduled to be presented at the 2020 Clallam County Fair in August. The award still will be presented, said Fair Board member Laurie Davies, but at a time and location to be announced after the chosen family is notified in August.

The winning family also will receive free admission for all days of the 2021 fair (up to 10 individuals) and four fair T-shirts.

Selection of the Clallam County Farm Family will be determined by an outside source, fair officials said.

Nominations should include details about the farm and how the family is incorporated and how they fulfill the following criteria:

• Productions of quality of Clallam County Grown Products (not based on quantity).

• Community involvement (civic organizations, school, sports, etc.).

• Involvement in agriculture industry organizations (local, state, federal).

• Overall farm family image, farming history and unique or special production. (Photos are optional but will not affect the outcome.)

• Because 2020 was an eventful year due to the novel coronavirus, what impact did it have on the farm, family and what changes were implemented for the farm?

Along with nomination of a farm, list person nominating and contact information, also include the contact name for the farm, as well as a farm contact mailing address, phone number and email.

Nominations can be submitted by email to sioffrida@co.clallam.wa.us, by fax to 360-417-2547, or by mail to: Clallam County Fair, c/o Shari Ioffrida, Fair Manager, 1608 W. 16th St., Port Angeles WA 98363.

Fair officials in late May agreed to cancel what was set to be the 101st iteration of the event. Hosting the fair would only be possible if Clallam County were in Phase 4 of the governor’s “Safe Start” plan, which does not appear possible, according to Joel Winborn, director of Clallam County Parks, Fair & Facilities Department.

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