BMO Farm Family Awards

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Every year, the Calgary Stampede and BMO Bank of Montreal recognize outstanding farm families in southern Alberta. The awards program was created to promote a renewed urban-rural relationship and to recognize outstanding southern Alberta farm families who best typify the value of the family farmer to our society. The program, specifically, focuses on recognizing the contribution to the enhancement of quality of life as a family unit. Each year, the municipal districts in southern Alberta nominate one family. The families are brought to the Stampede for the BMO Farm Family Awards, which include a reception, greeting from Alberta's Minister of Agriculture, brunch, awards presentation, and family photograph session. The winning families are then treated to an afternoon Stampede Rodeo performance. The 2013 BMO Farm Family Awards will be held on Monday, July 8 at the Palomino Room in the BMO Centre.


Please click on the link below to preview the 2013 BMO Farm Family Program

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Event Dates and Location

Event Date: July 8, 2013
Location: Palomino Room

This invitational reception will begin at 10:00 AM, Monday, July 8, 2013 and will take place at the Palomino Room in the BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary.


To name and recognize outstanding Albertan farm families in the districts South of Red Deer.

Purpose of Award:

  • to promote the relationship between urban and rural people
  • to focus on Agriculture at the Calgary Stampede
  • to increase the awareness of the high ideals of Agriculture and the opportunities of rural living


  • farm families must be actively involved in both agriculture and their community
  • agriculture must provide the major source of income
  • must be active in primary agriculture and have members residing on farm

Who nominates:
Alberta Agriculture Service Board representatives from the various districts/ municipalities

On behalf of BMO Bank of Montreal, the Calgary Stampede is pleased to announce that sixteen families will be recognized at the 2013 Farm Family Awards.

What happens next:
All nominees are honored at the Farm Family Award Ceremonies held in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede. The ceremonies and brunch take place on Monday, July 8, 2013. It is here that the families meet with BMO Bank of Montreal representatives, government officials, Calgary Stampede Board Members, and Stampede Royalty. Each family member receives free admission to the park, a Farm Family Awards limited edition pin, and an afternoon rodeo ticket. Professional family photographs will be taken and each family will be presented with a personalized farm gate sign.

Congratulations to all who were nominated for the award!!

The Winners for 2013 are: .



Farm Name
Family Name
Nominated by
Bertsch Custom Farms Ltd
Neil Bertsch
Kneehill County
Spraggs Meat Shop
Greg & Bonnie Spragg
County of Newell
Zelenk Farms Ltd.
Robert & Carol Zelenka
MD of Taber
Merlind Farms
Merle, Ella, Lindsey, Cory Nelson
County of Forty Mile
D4 Farms
Shane, Mary-Ann & Travis Doyle
MD of Willow Creek
Finkbeiner Family
Steward & Marion Finkbeiner
Special Area #2
Windmill Lane Farm
Craig Russell
Starland County
Atkinson Family Farm
Marty & Nancy Atkinson
County of Lethbridge
MX Ranch
Malcom Main
MD of Pincher Creek
Lazy T Diamond Ranch
Brent Smith
County of Vulcan
Beier Family
Danny & Anna Beier
Special Area #4
Bruket Family
David & Debbie Bruketa
MD of Foothills
Malyk Family
Lloyd, Gary, Kay & Debbie Malyk
Rocky View County
Nelson Family Ranch Ltd
Jeff Nelson
County of Warner
Dalbey Farm
Olav & Rita Pallesen
Wheatland County
Char-Maine Ranching
Steven & Darilyn Quinton
Cardston County


  • Presenting Sponsor
  • BMO - Farm Family