The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) has selected Sandy and Bruff Shea as this year’s Legend of Agriculture Award honorees.
The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) has selected Sandy and Bruff Shea as this year’s Legend of Agriculture Award honorees. CALF will honor them at the 9th Annual Legends of Agriculture Dinner on Friday, July 28, at the Douglas County Events Center as the kickoff of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo.
Bruff and Sandy Shea, of Franktown, Colorado, are proud to call themselves natives of Douglas County. They were married in 1970 and will celebrate their 47th anniversary in December.
Sandy was born and raised on the Kelty Bar Mill Iron Ranch, in Franktown. Her great-grandfather, Christopher Kelty, homesteaded the ranch in 1881. The family still owns 80 acres of the original homestead and actively farms and ranches the property today. The ranch is one of nine ranches in Douglas County to have received the designation of a "Colorado Centennial Farm" in 1988.
Sandy and Bruff were both 10 year members of Douglas County 4-H. Sandy's 4-H experience involved raising and showing beef cattle, dairy cattle and horses. Bruff, who considered himself a city kid from Sedalia, completed forestry and electrical projects; as well as being a part of the Sedalia 4-H square dance team.
After Sandy and Bruff were married, the Kelty Ranch became the place their children and cousins raised their 4-H livestock projects. During this time, DC 4-H Livestock Judging Team also became a big part of Bruff and Sandy's lives. Bruff and Sandy enjoy the trip to Gunnison each year for its judging contest; first, to watch their daughters and now the grandkids compete.
Bruff served on the Douglas County Fair Board from 1992 to 2009. During his time on the board, he held several offices including president, secretary, entertainment director, and sale committee member. Bruff currently serves on the Douglas County Fair Foundation Executive Committee and the board of directors of IREA. One of the things that Bruff and Sandy enjoy is their annual trip to Las Vegas in December for the National Finals Rodeo where they meet up and spend time with several "old time" 4-H and Fair Board friends.
Along with the involvement that Bruff and Sandy have had in agriculture, 4-H and the Douglas County fair, they have been successful in their careers. Sandy owned her own beauty shop, Kurly Q in Castle Rock, for 34 years. Bruff worked for the Town of Castle Rock for almost 20 years. He then worked in the real estate business for 15 years. Bruff has played in several local country bands over the years and on occasion he'll get a group of music friends together and volunteer for a benefit.
CALF presents the Legend of Agriculture Award annually to an individual or individuals who exemplify Colorado's rural, agricultural heritage through a mindset of cooperation, discipline and personal excellence through their service to the community and our youth. Past recipients include Bea and John Lowell (CALF Founders/Benefactors), Russel Cummings, Mildred Stewart, Lindsay and Bill Serrell, Betty and Bob Thomas, Larry Carnahan, Douglas County Young Farmers and Homemakers, and Bonnie and Darrell Bell.
Founded in 2002, the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation (CALF) at Lowell Ranch on Plum Creek three miles south of Castle Rock is a 133-acre working educational ranch that "connects people to agriculture" through authentic educational programs, special events and community projects. CALF aims to inspire lives, nurture leaders, and build lasting relationships while passing on rural values and traditions. Tickets for the Legends of Agriculture Dinner may be purchased on CALF’s website: www.thecalf.org. Or contact Brooke Fox, President/CEO at (303) 688-1026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.