are Grand Marshals
Idaho County Free Press
Pat and Judy Long of Grangeville have been chosen to represent the annual August get-together.
Pat was born and raised the son of Robert and Doris Long in Grangeville and grew up on the family farm with one brother and one sister. He graduated from veterinary school at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. He practiced large animal medicine as well as farmed and raised livestock for 25 years. He then leased the farm property and obtained his teaching certificate from Lewis-Clark State College. He is currently employed by the Kamiah School District as a high school special education paraprofessional.
Judy was born in Cottonwood, the daughter of Dennis and Audrey Arnzen, and raised on a farm near Greencreek. She was the oldest of 12 children - eight brothers and three sisters followed her. She worked in banking for seven years in Cottonwood, Boise and Moscow. She then did clerical work for Baker Truck Service, Union Warehouse and Cottonwood Sales Yard. She received her BS from LCSC in 1992 and her real-estate license that same year and has been selling real estate for Solberg Agency for the past 19 years.
"We were both very involved in 4-H while growing up," Judy said.
Pat belonged to Fenn Livestock and Judy to Greencreek 4-H clubs. Both are past 4-H club leaders. Pat spent a decade on the fair board and Judy has worked at the livestock auction for the nearly 30 years.
"It is truly a privilege and honor to be nominated as grand marshals of the Idaho County Fair," the couple agreed. "There are many deserving volunteers who spend a lot of time and effort to make the fair successful each year."
Pat served as Idaho County Commissioner for seven years, served on local boards and various commodity and livestock organizations including Syringa Hospital board, Snowhaven, Idaho County Cattlemen's Association, Wool Growers and Swine Growers.
Judy belongs to Realtor's Association, held offices is the PEO Organization, is a past officer in Cattlewomen's Association, Credit Women International, and also did bookkeeping for her church.
"Grangeville is a great place to raise a family," the Longs said. Their son, Sean, 32, is an assistant professor of geology at The University of Nevada Reno. He recently received his PhD from Princeton University. Daughter, Shelby, 34, is married to Tony Hammond. She received her masters degree from the University of Montana and is assistant professor of communications at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., where Tony teaches music.
When the couple retire one day, they hope to have time to travel more, read, take up some new hobbies, and spend more time with their extended family.