Well-known Calhoun farmer and veterinarian Dr. Joseph Cain of Big Bend is the recipient of West Virginia's 2013 Farming Heritage Award.|
The award is sponsored by the State Fair of West Virginia and the West Virginia Farm Bureau and is presented annually to a family that has demonstrated a commitment to a rural lifestyle, been involved in the community and served as a role model.
The Cain family have been in the farming business since 1878, four generations have continued the operation of the 500-acre farm.
Cain will receive the award at the State Fair on Aug. 15.
Dr. Cain still takes his cattle on a 3-mile drive each year, often inviting community members to participate in the event, reminiscent of earlier days of cattle herding and driving.
A ceremony will be held honoring Dr. Cain on "Governor's Day" at the State Fair. He will also be treated to a day at the fair, including overnight accommodations, free admission, and preferred parking, as well as a Natural Stone Sign award for indoor or outdoor display.
Joe's wife Docas Haught Cain died in 2010. They have three children Dr. Daniel Cain, Dr. Richard Cain and Jane Cain Lynch.
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