Posted on August 24, 2015 at 4:28 PM by Global Reach
Wayne County would like to introduce Leroy and Pat Perkins as our Hall of Fame selection for the 2015 Iowa State Fair. We would like to honor Leroy and Pat for their countless contributions they have provided to our Wayne County Fair for the last 50 years. Their dedication and hard work has made our fairs enjoyable and successful for many years. Without Leroy and Pat the county fair just would not be the same.
Leroy and his parents, (Verle & Fern Perkins), moved from West Bend in 1963 to Corydon, Iowa where he graduated from Cambria-Corydon High School in 1964.
In 1968, Pat Hickman of Corydon and Leroy were married at the Corydon Methodist Church. They were blessed with three children. Bradley and wife Gina who live near Boone and have three sons and two daughters. Jennifer and husband Eric Olsen live in Nevada and have a son and a daughter. Heather and husband Mark Moorman live in Corydon and they have three daughters.
In 1964 Leroy began the Leroy’s Electrical business, continued farming, and began speaking as a lay speaker in the United Methodist Church. In 1987 Leroy became a licensed pastor and began attending St. Paul Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri on a part-time basis, graduating in 1999. Leroy and Pat are very active in the New Zion United Methodist Church handling the Sunday School and music areas of the church, planning family programs, and other needs.
Leroy is still farming, doing electrical work, and still preaching in various churches and handling chaplaincy at the Iowa State Fair for almost 20 years and works part time for the Thomas Randolph Funeral Homes. Pat retired from teaching in 2012 and continues to “substitute teach” in the Wayne Community School system.
Leroy and Pat have been active in the workings of the fairs at the local, district, and state levels. Leroy became a member of the Wayne Country Fair Board in 1966. He soon became assistant secretary and moved on to become the Secretary/Manager in 1976 and continues with those duties today. Leroy and Pat take an active part in the South Central District Fair Board. Leroy has held several offices at that level. He is also the voting delegate from Wayne County at the Association of Iowa Fairs and the Iowa State Fair Conference. They enjoy volunteering with the Iowa Association of Fairs, they work behind the scenes at the Iowa State Fair through the volunteer program, and also conduct worship services at the Iowa State Fair in Pioneer Hall. Occasionally, they conduct weddings and baptisms at the fair as well. Leroy was honored by the Association of Iowa Fairs when they named him as Fair Man of the year in 2002. Leroy and Pat truly enjoy watching and helping fairgoers, (young and old alike), and having a great time at the various fairs and their activities.