Pat Leimbach to Speak at Michigan Hort Show Banquet

Laughter will be the focus of the Michigan State Horticultural Society Industry Banquet when Pat Leimbach, a farm wife from Vermilion, Ohio, takes the podium during the Annual Michigan State Horticultural Society Convention Dec. 7-9, 1999 in Grand Rapids, MI. The Industry Banquet will be held on Wednesday, December 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to farming with her son in a vegetable and grain operation, Mrs. Leimbach writes a newspaper column called "The Country Wife", which appears in a number of farm publications around the nation. She is also the author of three books, A Thread of Blue Denim, All My Meadows, and A harvest of Bittersweet. Pat is know for her superb sense of humor and ability to keep the crowd laughing.

She has entertained audiences in 47 states and 5 Canadian provinces with her lively program of "Old Farm Wives Tales." The Wall Street Journal in a front page feature referred to her as the Erma Bombeck of the Farm Belt. She subsequently appeared on the Good Morning America Show with Erma. She has also been a guest on the Today Show, Larry King Live, and PBS-TV’s Market to Market.

Pat is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and did graduate study at McGill University in Montreal. For a number of years she was a modern language teacher in schools of her home county. Her community activities have included the United Church of Christ, the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, the American Cancer Society, the American Field Service, and the Epilepsy Foundation.

She is a member of the following organizations: Associated Country Women of the World, Ohio Ag. Council, Women for Ohio Agriculture, and American Agri-women.

For more information on the convention and a copy of the program, when it becomes available, please call the Society office at 517-625-6227 or by e-mail,

Michigan State Horticultural Society