Doodle Soup Days Grand Marshals

Larry and Betty Lou Patterson(2021)



  Larry and Betty Lou Patterson have lived in the Bradford community all their lives. They began their marriage 59 years ago. They have three daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. They are long time members of First Baptist Church in Bradford where Larry has served as Minister of Music for 62 years. Betty Lou devoted 54 years to teaching with 30 plus years at Bradford Elementary School. Larry served as a member on the Bradford Special School Board for 26 years. Their passion for our school and community over the years has been an asset to many.


 Larry and Betty Lou are the owners and operators of BoPat Farms a Register Angus Cattle operation since 1967. Larry grew in a family devoted to livestock. His family owned a sale barn in Bradford, called Patterson and McCaleb, which is now the FFA Barn for the school.  When he married, he became partners with Betty’s family. Bolton and Patterson became the farm name and at that time had livestock and row crop. After the passing of Betty’s father, William Bolton, they decided to keep the Bo from Bolton and the Pat from Patterson. This merged into the prefix BoPat, which became the farm name. Today, BoPat farms is well known in Bradford and across other states.


Larry has served many different roles on different board and committees to support the agricultural business for our county and state. He is still devoted to supporting our school and excited about the growth of the FFA program in our school. They love Bradford and have given many years of hard work and dedication to this town. They would like to thank this town for all the love and support they have received over the years.