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Farmer and Rancher Appreciation Day

Local Farmers and Ranchers! Please join us for our annual Farmer and Rancher Appreciation Day on Thursday, September 8, 2022. All of our local farmers and ranchers are invited to attend the events of the day:

Thursday, September 8 - Farmer and Rancher Appreciation Day Events:
2:00 p.m. Criss Family Local Bred Market Beef Show – Beef Show Ring
3:00 p.m. Replacement Heifer Show – Beef Show Ring
5:00 p.m. Farmers & Ranchers Appreciation Dinner - Jock’s Sale Pavilion
6:00 p.m. Beef Bred Replacement Heifer Sale – Jock’s Sale Pavilion

Please join us for the farmers and rancher appreciation dinner, provided by Pourhorse Cantina! This event will take place in Jock's Sale Pavilion and we will honor the 2022 Farmer and Rancher of the year chosen by our Tulelake Butte Valley Fair Board of Directors!

A big THANK YOU to our Farmer and Rancher Appreciation Dinner Sponsors:
Great Basin Insurance
Basin Fertilizer & Chemical Co.
King Farms
Gold Dust and Walker Farms
Napa - Stateline Auto Parts - Merrill
Northwest Farm Credit Services
American Ag Credit
Butler Machine
H & M Gopher Control
Macy's Flying Service and Evergreen Agriculture

2022 Farmer and Rancher of the Year - Joe Sammis

The Tulelake Butte Valley Fair is proud to honor Joe Sammis as our 2022 Farmer and Rancher of the Year. Joe was born and raised in Butte Valley.He and his late wife Michelle have owned and operated Sammis Ranch for over 33 years, but ranching has been in Joe’s blood since before he was born.

Joe was born to Lee and Rose Sammis. He grew up in the Sam’s Neck area of Butte Valley where his family raised cattle. Joe’s grandfather, Charlie Cross, came to the Sheepy Creek area of Butte Valley in the late 1880’s and launched the family’s ranching tradition and in 1908 became a founding member of the Butte Valley Cattlemen’s Association in which Joe is now co-president. Joe’s siblings are Bill Stevenson, Gary Sammis (deceased), Betty Ann Sammis, and Lori Sammis.

After Joe graduated from Butte Valley High School in 1972 he attended college in Chico where he later earned an Associate of Arts degree with a certificate of achievement in agricultural business and animal science and, in the late 1980’s Joe earned an Associate of Science Welding Technology certificate.

Over the years he’s worked as a shoe and saddle repairman, and managed cattle operations from Modoc County’s Fort Bidwell to San Luis Obispo where he was foreman for the Madonna Hereford Ranch.

When Joe was going to college in Chico he rodeoed with his buddy Larry, and when Larry was married that’s when Joe met Michelle. She didn’t take a shine to Joe at first, but he won her over and they were married in 1981.They began their life ranching with family but soon broke off to start their own registered Black Angus herd that Joe still runs today. Michelle passed away in 2020 shortly before their 40th wedding anniversary. Joe said of his wife, “she loved to garden. Keeping care of her yard and flowers made her happy”. He has also said in the past that Michelle assisted him with “everything, I probably wouldn’t have this (seed stock operation) without her”.

A source of pride for Joe and Michelle was when they swept the Shasta Bull Sale with Champion Angus Bull, Reserve Champion Angus Bull, and Champion Pen of 5. This is the only time that a single producer has ever won all of the categories in the same year.

Joe has always been involved in his community and in the agricultural industry. He is a charter member of the Cal-Ore Chariot Club, was past Siskiyou County Cattlemen’s Association president (in which he was nominated in 2014 as Siskiyou County Cattleman of the Year), is the current president of the Klamath Gun Club, and is a member of the American Angus and Oregon Reining Associations. He also was a judge for the Siskiyou County Cattlewomen’s Rancher’s Choice contests at the Tulelake Butte Valley Fair. Joe grew up showing steers at our fair and takes pride in being a part of the tradition of fair agriculture.

The Tulelake Butte Valley Fair would like to say “Thank You Joe” for your continued support of this industry, our fair and exhibitors and our communities.

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