The Greeley Stampede is honored to announce Bill and
Sharon Farr as the 2013 Greeley Stampede Grand Marshals. Each year since 1928
the Stampede Committee has recognized outstanding citizens for their many
community and regional contributions to Northern Colorado by choosing them to
represent the Greeley Stampede.
Farr is a fourth generation Greeley native and the third generation in his
family, including Harry W. Farr and W.D. Farr, to be chosen as a Grand
Marshal. He and his family have been actively involved in Weld County for
over 135 years and the Greeley Stampede since its’ inception in 1922.
1992, Bill founded Centennial Bank of the West and served as CEO until the Bank
sold to Castle Creek Investments in 2004 which is now Guaranty Bank and
Trust. He served as President of Farr Farms Company, the Colorado Cattle
Feeders Association and the U.S. Meat Export Federation, as well as
participated as a Director and Officer of several local water and agricultural
boards. Always active in the community, Bill's credits include Rotary,
Boy Scouts, Greeley Elks, Boys Club, Greeley Country Club and the First
commitment to the Stampede is longstanding. During his years on the
committee, the Wrangler organization was started, the event name was changed
from "Go West with Greeley" to "The Greeley Independence
Stampede". That committee also helped designate the Stampede as
"The Largest 4th of July Rodeo and Western Celebration".
One of Bill's favorite memories…The committee arranged for Actor/singer Ken
Curtis from the TV series Gunsmoke to sing at the first Night
show. The contract did not include a designed length of time, so Mr.
Curtis sang until intermission and then left the grounds…
is a third generation Weld County native. Her grandfather, Fred came from
Sweden to settle in Eaton in 1885. Her father, Herman, faithfully took his
family to the 4th of July celebration each July. It was the most
anticipated event of the entire year for them.
a graduate of UNC, taught Home Economics at Meeker Jr. High and Greeley West.
She also sold office furniture and started her own company, Farr Better
Interiors. She has been an active member and officer of several organizations
including American Association of University Women, Greeley Philharmonic,
Centennial Rotary, United Way, Professional Employer Association, and Questers.
She served three terms on the Greeley Museum Board. Her favorite memory
of the Stampede is the Old Grand Stand (the original arena before it burnt down
in the 1970’s).
Bill and Sharon feel extremely honored and privileged to represent the Greeley
Stampede as Grand Marshals. “This prestigious celebration is one of the most
important events that occurs in Northern Colorado. It brings together
neighbors, friends, and visitors from all walks of life to focus on our
community and celebrate the western traditions and freedoms we enjoy” said