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Morgan County Farmers Union celebrating Sept. 23 in Brush

Morgan County>>Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s (RMFU) Morgan County members will celebrate RMFU’s 100th anniversary at the Brush Oktober Festival, Clayton & Edmonds streets, Brush, Colo., Sat., Sept. 23, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The centennial celebration will include a special Chautauqua, “Life in Morgan County in the Early 1900s”. A “Money in the Haystack” coin collecting contest for kids, beginning at 10:30 a.m., will run periodically throughout the day. RMFU and the Farmers Union Service Association will have information on hand about the farm organization and insurance products. A brief video of RMFU history will play during the day. The day will also include drawings for a variety of items and there will be commemorative items for sale.

The event is part of a series of celebrations taking place throughout the state in commemoration of Colorado Farmers Union’s centennial, which is being launched this year. T.W. Woodrow organized the first Farmers Union local at Langdon in Teller County, in 1907 with seven charter members. In the 1940s, Colorado Farmers Union changed its name to Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to accommodate the addition of Wyoming to the organization. In the 1960s, New Mexico was added.

Today, RMFU represents some 23,000 family farm and ranch families from the three-state area that produces all types of food and fiber. The Colorado Legislature, during the last session, passed an act declaring July 22 as Farmers Union Day throughout the state.

For questions about the event or information on Farmers Union activities, contact Debbie Horst at 970-867-6104 or the Brush Area Chamber of Commerce at 970-842-2666.