Lee Reeve is a sixth-generation cattleman whose family came to the Garden City area in 1882. He has a degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University. He and his wife, Brenda, have three children. Lee is the group manager of an integrated family operation that includes Reeve Cattle Co., Inc., a 40,000 head feedyard started in 1962 by his father; Reeve Agri Energy, a 12 million gallon per year ethanol plant started in 1981; and a 4,500 acre irrigated farm.
He has served as a director of Commerce Bank in Garden City, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, Beef Empire Days and the Garden City Federal Land Bank. Lee has served on the Governor's Agriculture Value Added Processing Leadership Council and the State Board of Agriculture's Non Food Use Task Force, as well as on the Kansas Council of Vocational Education. He also has served on the national Alternative Research and Commercialization Board, including a term as chairman.
Reeve has received numerous awards, including the State Board of Agriculture's "Innovator of the Year" award, an "Environmental Achievement Award" given by the National Environment Awards Council, the Wheeler McMillan Award from the New Uses Council in St. Louis, and the Goodyear/National Association of Conservation District award for resource conservation. Kansas State University recognized Reeve as the distinguished agricultural economics alumnus in 1996, and the Livestock and Meat Industry Council honored Lee and his father as "Stockmen of the Year" in 2000.
The 2015 parade Grand Marshall is Ehresman Packing, consisting of Mike and Velda Plankenhorn, and their son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Lindsey Plankenhorn. Ehresman Packing was started in 1964 by R.R. Ehresman of Plainview, Texas. At that time, Velda's father, V.C. Carter, moved his family to Garden City to become manager of the business. The Carters bought the business from Ehresman in 1977, and Mike and Velda Plankenhorn purchased it in 1992. Since its inception, Ehresman Packing has grown from a six-man operation to employing 22 (including their restaurant, Plank's BBQ). Josh joined the family business in 2005. He oversees the operation of Plank's BBQ and helps in the day-to-day operation of Ehresman. Future plans are for Josh to one day take over operation of Ehresman.
Friday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 12th, 2016