Celebrating 200 Years of Farm Families at the Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is proud to announce that the Wiseman Family, which owns the Wiseman Farm in Wabash County, will be the Grand Marshals for the 2018 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade on Thursday, August 9th.
The Wisemans have been recognized as one of only two Bicentennial Farm families in Illinois. They grow corn and soybeans on their land, which has been in their family since 1818.
“We’re proud to have the Wisemans lead our Twilight Parade this year,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. “Our farm families play a critical role in feeding people in Illinois and across the globe. And since we’re celebrating our state’s 200th birthday this year, it’s the perfect time to recognize the contributions that the Wisemans have made for the past 200 years.”
“Very few families can say they’ve owned the same farm ground since the year Illinois was founded. That’s a tremendous feat,” said IDOA Director Raymond Poe. “The Wiseman’s have shown their commitment to building Illinois’ greatest industry and we are proud to have them join us for the Fair this year.”