The Ray and Dunnigan families of the Halcourt Land and Cattle Company are the County of Grande Prairie’s 2020 Farm Family. The Award recognizes significant contributions to the agricultural community within the County of Grande Prairie, the region and the province.

“Our 2020 recipients exemplify longevity on the land and a deep commitment to agriculture and family,” said Sonja Raven, Agricultural Fieldman. “We are proud to have them as our Farm Family for this year.”

The family has been in the Halcourt area since 1911, starting with Gary’s grandparents, Scotty and Helen Ray and continuing with Gary’s parents, Eldon and Thelma Ray. Today, Gary and Daphne Ray, their son Josh, and his wife, Catherine, along with their three children, son-in-law Don and daughter, Chelsea Dunnigan, and their three children, work together to make their family farming operation a success.

Currently farming 3,500 acres of mixed grain and husbanding a thriving cattle operation, the family keeps busy year round. They also own and operate All Peace Realty, Artesian Insurance Beaverlodge and the Riverbend Golf and Country Club.

During the summer, the family takes time to camp on the shores of the Redwillow River and the winter months always include coaching hockey, as well as volunteer work for the minor hockey association and daycare. All of the kids participate in activities including hockey, baseball, volleyball, swimming, and dance. They fundraise extensively to support their involvement in sports. The entire family enjoys the time spent at games.

“We’re thrilled with this honour,” said Josh Ray. “It’s important to be able to carry on a long-standing family tradition and raise our children to be proud of this heritage. We love our farm life and being part of the local community.”

The Ray and Dunnigan families will be officially acknowledged at a banquet at the Peace Country Classic Agri-Show on March 13. Tickets are available by contacting the Agriculture department at 780-532-9727. The Farm Family Award is a tradition in the County, dating back to 1969. More information about the Farm Family Awards Program can be found at www.countygp.ab.ca/farmfamily.

Media Contacts:

Sonja Raven

Agricultural Fieldman

County of Grande Prairie

 780-876-6936

 

Josh and Catherine Ray

2020 County of Grande Prairie

Farm Family Award Recipients

780-897-8532