A Croswell couple has been honored for a lifetime of service to the Croswell Agricultural Society and cattle showing community in both their hometown of Croswell and the entire state.
Stan and Shirley Jackman, ages 91 and 85, respectively, received the state-wide Heritage Award from the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions. They have received regional awards in the past, including the Volunteers of the Year in 2016, but this is the top award for the entire state.
Jeff Dawson, President of the Croswell Agricultural Society Fair, told us about the Jackman’s long history supporting the fair. Mr. Jackman began showing cattle when he was eight years old, 83 years ago, riding trains with his dad to show his prized Ayrshires. When he grew up and got married, he and his wife, Shirley, continued to show livestock until 1985 and showed sheep for many years after. Mr. Jackman showed Dawson’s Ayrshires just this summer in the “Over the Hill” class at the Sanilac County Fair.
Dawson said that Mr. Jackman still maintains the Croswell Fairgrounds, mowing the grounds three days a week from April to October. He praised the couple for their strong work ethic and their dedication to the Croswell Fair, never missing a meeting and setting an impressive example for the younger generations.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.