Combining ideals and traditions of the past has landed 16 southern Alberta families recognition this week at the Calgary Stampede.

The 2010 BMO Farm Family Awards honoured the families during a special ceremony on the grounds and each family received an engraved farm gate sign and free admission to the Stampede, plus rodeo tickets.

“These families are outstanding examples of how far farm management has come and the tremendous contributions they make to the Alberta economy,” Bank of Montreal spokesperson Bill Hogg said.

The recipients of the 2010 BMO Farm Family Awards each demonstrated the critical role they play in furthering Alberta agriculture.

• Bob & Stephanie VanRoessel, Bow Island
• Doran & Byron Templeton, Lethbridge
• Tracy & Michele Hemsing, Rolling Hills
• Darcy & Carol Cronkhite, Warner
• Jim Eskeland, Drumheller
• Harley & Joan Earl, High River
• Roy & Diana Reed, Pincher Creek
• Carl & Julia Gerwien, Nanton
• Harvey & Bernita Van Hierden, Fort Macleod
• Mernus Casebeer, Carstairs
• Jim, Lorne & Danny Dunn, Airdrie
• Greg & Karen Gordon, Hanna
• Raymond & Sherrie Rude, Sedalia
• Larry, Cindy, Daniel, Sarah & Michelle Dodd, Morrin
• Wayne & Mike Davey, Champion
• Doug & Wes Clark, Bassano

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