LEWISBURG, WV – The Spray Family of Lewis County was recognized as the 2017 Farming Heritage Award winner during Governor’s Day, August 17th, at the State Fair of West Virginia.
The Farming Heritage Award is sponsored by West Virginia Farm Bureau and the State Fair of West Virginia and is presented to a worthy family demonstrating a commitment to a rural lifestyle and involvement in their community while serving as a role model to others in the state of West Virginia.
A luncheon was held in the family’s honor, at which time Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt presented the award. American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and West Virginia Farm Bureau President Charles Wilfong joined State Fair CEO Kelly Collins in remarks acknowledging the family’s accomplishment.
The family received an engraved Natural Stone Sign to signify the honor.
Clara Mae Spray, accompanied by her children Robin Poling, Carla and Joe Spray II, as well as her grandchildren Joseph III and Abigail Spray and special guests Lesley, Shelby and Sidney Slaughter, were present to accept the award.
“I would like to accept this award on behalf of my family here with me today. We couldn’t be more humbled,” said Mrs. Spray.
Spray Farms, located in southern Lewis County and comprised of over 600 acres, has been in the direct family for 109 years. Emory Corder Hull, Clara Mae’s grandfather, purchased the land in 1908, passing it down to Carl (Audra) Hull, Clara Mae’s parents.