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 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 includes a reception, greetings 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.

This invitational reception will take place at Stampede Park in Calgary.

To name and recognize outstanding Alberta 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 and Agri-Food at the Calgary Stampede

  • to increase the awareness of the high ideals of Agriculture, Agri-Food and the opportunities of rural living


  • farm families must be actively involved in their community and either Agriculture or Agri-Food

  • Agriculture or Agri-Food must provide the major source of income

  • must be active in primary Agriculture or Agri-Food and have members residing on farm

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

What happens next:
All nominees are honored at the Farm Family Award Ceremonies held in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede. It is at the ceremony and brunch 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 the families who are nominated for the 2023 Farm Family Awards!

Cardston County - Cook Family
County of Forty Mile - Roth Family
County of Newell - Douglass Family
County of Warner - Doenz Family
Cypress County - Beck Family
Foothills County - Seaman Family
Kneehill County - Lemay Family
Lethbridge County - Nicol Family
MD of Pincher Creek - Jenkins Family
MD of Taber - Barany Family
MD of Willow Creek - Broomfield Family
Mountain View County - Reid Family
Rocky View County - Cleveland Family
Special Areas No. 2 - Blair Family
Special Areas No. 3 - Powell Family
Starland County - Meyer Family
Vulcan County - Jacobsen Family
Wheatland County - Sandum Family

More info coming soon