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Domenico family continues farming tradition By Robert Tann For the Times-Call


n the 1880s, Cindy Domenico’s greatgrandfather arrived in the Lafayette area and founded an 80-acre farm that would go on to withstand the Great Depression and serve as a legacy for three generations of families. Now the Domenico family has been named 2019 Boulder County Fair Family of the Year, a title that Domenico is “honored and humbled” to accept. “To have the folks select us for Family of the Year was a real special honor. … We were surprised,” Domenico said. When her great-grandfather first set foot on the Front Range, the mountains reminded him of his hometown in Molise, Italy, according to Domenico. More than 100 years later, his passion for agriculture and community lives on as the Domenico family has spent years with the 4-H program. The nonprofit offers youths education and leadership skills in various fields such as agriculture and civic engagement. Domenico herself, along with her sister and brother, took part in 4-H programs during their childhood, finishing when they were 18 years old. She remembers working on beef and dairy projects as well as general home economic projects. In 2007, Domenico became a Boulder County commissioner, and as such, she worked closely to support the growth of the county fair. She also served as a delegate for the 4-H citizenship short course in Washington,

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Cindy Domenico served as a Boulder County commissioner for 12 years. D.C., as well as a dairy judge for the county. The family was nominated as part of a collaboration between fair office staff and volunteers on the livestock sales committee. Once nominated, nine fair board members voted to award the Domenico family the title of Family of the Year. While not a voting member, Laura Boldt, who works in the fair office, aided in nominating the family who she said have given time and value to the fair. “The fair relies on volunteers that not only help during the fair but help throughout the year,” Boldt said. “A lot of them give freely of their time for many, many years. And I think that the (family of the year) is a way of recognizing their support


for the fair.” She said that fair staff looks for families who have spent a number of years involved with the fair community as well as their contributions when deciding on who should hold the title. Boldt called the Family of the Year the “voice” of the fair. When asked why being a part of the agricultural community of Boulder is so important to her, Domenico said she is reminded of the figures of a miner and a farmer that are chiseled into the facade of the Boulder County Courthouse. “To me, it’s a historic connection to folks who came here to build a community and agriculture is part of that foundation,” Domenico. “We’re honoring heritage at

the fair and keeping people connected to that agricultural perspective.” Her family’s farm has a long history of giving, serving as a source for food in the area and bringing people together in a tight-knit community. Relatives from Denver and beyond came to stay on the land, “working hard and playing hard” to continue a productive farm. “It just kind of gets into your blood. …,” Domenico said. “I’ve always felt that that’s the community that I came from and we have a wonderful, vibrant agricultural community in Boulder.” For Domenico, her greatgrandfather’s farm was a “fantastic place to grow up.” She believes that it gave her an understanding of responSee DOMENICO, pg. 7

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2019 Boulder County Fair Guide  

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