DeMeulenaere Family Receives 2018 Iowa State Fair "Way We Live" Award

DES MOINES, IA (07/13/2018) (readMedia)-- Wayne and Char DeMeulenaere of Hartwick, Iowa will be recognized as one of 10 recipients of The Way We Live Award at the 2018 Iowa State Fair. The family will be honored in an award ceremony on Tuesday, August 14 at 11:30 a.m. on the Christensen Farm Stage in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.

The Way We Live Award recognizes Iowa families for their hard work and love of farming. Each family exemplifies a dedication to animal agriculture and strong farm values. Each entrant was asked to submit a short essay describing how the occupation of farming and living on a farm has shaped their life. Ten families were chosen out of forty entries from a variety of commodities and areas in Iowa.

The Wayne and Char DeMeulenaere family and their 5 children start each day at 5:00 a.m. with three generations milking cows, cleaning barns, and feeding livestock. Although each season brings different jobs from hay baling to harvest and bedding barns, no matter the season, each day starts and ends with milking the cows. All the children were active on the farm growing up and helped grow the farm to what it is today. They were all very active in 4-H, school and various sports. The family likes to host tours with the local Belle Plaine FFA Chapter and preschools to talk about life on the farm. Farming is the Demeulenaere family way of life, there are ups and downs associated with farming, but in the end, it proves to be worth it and they strive each day to live up to the expectations of our farming community.

The Way We Live Award is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Iowa Farmer Today and the WHO Big Show. The award started in 2009 has recognized 62 outstanding Iowa farm families so far.

Each award winning family receives a prize package of $250, complimentary admission tickets, free parking, various coupons and recognition in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center during the Fair.

For more information on past award winners or the current 2018 Way We Live Award winning families, visit

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Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa's greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. "Nothing Compares" to Iowa State Fair Moments, August 9-19, 2018. For more information, visit