Feature: Harr Family Continues Farming Tradition in Bristol, Tenn.
March 15, 2012
The Harr family has adapted to many changes over the 117 years they've been in the farming and livestock business. In that time the crops and livestock they raise have varied but their love of the land has never changed. Even when Highway 394 was built between them and Bristol Motor Speedway they looked at this as one more unique opportunity to adapt again and started Farmer Bob's Campground.
During the months of March and August, the farms cows go on vacation to a neighboring farm and the fields across from the Bristol Motor Speedway sprout RV's and tents. The campground is truly a "family business", with each member of the fourth generation -- Lisa, Amy, Grady & Fannie of the Harr family participating in different aspects of the business, including, Amy and Fannie selling "Farmer Bob's Campground" souvenirs and "The Farmer's Daughters" homemade jams and jellies using produce grown on the farm when possible.
The strong farming tradition stated in 1895 and they are proud to be grooming the fifth generation. Not only has Alden, Audrey and Aiden started their own cattle herds but they also participate in the campground. Alden, age 10, along with his Aunt Amy, has a flock of chickens to provide the family with fresh brown eggs. Alden has a thriving business of selling eggs to his neighbors and to Farmer Bob's Campers during the races.
Furniture Row Racing, Farm American initiative has a desire to see family farms thrive in America. The Harr family through perseverance, adaptation and love, has strived through five generations to continue the tradition of the family farm. The Harr family understands the importance of NASCAR and the efforts of Furniture Row Racing. Lisa Harr Bryant sums up her thoughts "Farming is America's past, present and future. Thank you Farm American for spreading the word about the importance of America's farmers!"