The Johnson County Fair Association has named Bill and Patty Gay as Grand Marshalls of the Johnson County Fair Parade. The parade is set for 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 1.
Bill was raised in Gardner by Helen and Wilbur Gay, who were active members of the Gardner community. Growing up in Gardner, Bill was active in 4-H with projects and his horses and has followed in his parents’ footsteps becoming more active as time passed.
Bill and Patty married in 1981, raised their family and worked in the community. During these years Patty was active in the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce and they enjoyed being as active as possible in other community events.
“Volunteering has given us the opportunity to not only give back but to “receive,” Patty said. ”We have met wonderful people and developed some very special friendships. It takes a village to raise a child and all the citizens to build a community.  We would like to thank everyone that gives of their time and talents to help others.”
After their kids were grown and Bill’s retirement from Proctor & Gamble and with only their rental business left to run the real fun began. Bill and Patty now had extra time to give back to the community. They stay busy being involved and serving on the boards of Johnson County Young Matrons, Johnson County Christmas Bureau, Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce, Gardner Rotary, Johnson County Water District No. 7 and of course, the Johnson County Fair Association.
“When you get one of us you usually get us both.  Working as a team seems to be our style, Bill loves  the technology side.  He builds the databases, knows which data you really want and makes forms work,” Patty said.  “I on the other hand do more of the making work for Bill, keeping track of the details, taking notes, writing up instructions and of course, if it’s fundraising that’s on my plate.”