Once again its feedin’ time and you’re invited to a progressively delicious dining experience featuring some of the Beef Empire’s best grub served at some of the finest local establishments. Participants will meet at 4:30 p.m. at Samy’s Spirit and Steakhouse. Board the bus and the adventure will unfold. Some of the finest local restaurants will be featured.
Guests will be ferried from location to location aboard their own “stagecoach”, courtesy of Garden City Community College. The “crawl” is sponsored by K•Coe Isom.
Golf action begins on South Highway 83 on Saturday morning for the Buffalo Dunes four-person scramble tournament. Shotgun starts at 8:00 a.m. Register by calling the golf shop at (620) 276-1210.
Event sponsors are: Animal Health International, Chappel Liquor, Feedlot Magazine, Veterinary Research and Consulting Services, LLC.
Downtown Vision and Beef Empire Days has joined together to bring you this new event filled with food, beer, and music. Hero’s Way will have food trucks with signature beef dishes competing for “Beef Empire Days Food Truck of 2018”. There will be a beer garden featuring Tecate and Tecate Light. Beef Empire Days will draw winners for the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT and Treager Tailgater Grill with beef bundle. The park will be full of people, food, music, and fun until 11:00 p.m. For more information contact Downtown Vision at 620-276-0891 or the Beef Empire Days office.
Special thanks to our friends: Downtown Vision, Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce, Tumbleweed Festival, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for their involvement. The sponsors of this event are Tecate and Tecate Light.
Sample the flair of the west at the Lee Richardson Zoo west side in Garden City. An old-fashion BBQ meal will be served for a $1.00 a person. The beef is slow-cooked to perfection to enjoy the true flavors with all the fixings. Enjoy the true “out west” with chuckwagons, family entertainment, food, vendors and just downright family fun. Serving begins immediately following the parade at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Thank you to our featured sponsors: Klaus Wood Pellets, Tyson and United Wireless.
Vendor Request Form
This is a request for more information about being a vendor at Beef Empire Days Chuckwagons in the Zoo. Once you have submitted the vendor request form someone from the Beef Empire Days will contact you. Thank you for your continued support of Beef Empire Days!
Please use the following button to submit an entry for the 2018 Parade.
“BEEF, 50 years strong!” is the theme for this year’s annual parade. Garden City’s largest parade is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with 100 plus entries. The parade begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. For entry information visit us at www.beefempiredays.com or contact the Beef Empire Days office at (620) 275-6807.
The 2018 Parade Marshall is Harold J. Tuma. Mr. Tuma, was a member of the Kansas State University Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team, where he won major contests at Denver National Western and Kansas City American Royal. Harold holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Kansas State University, as well as a PhD from Oklahoma State University. From 1961 to 1986 Tuma, was a professor at Kansas State University, Department Head at South Dakota University and the Dean of College of Agriculture at the University of Wyoming. During his time as a Professor of Animal Science in KSU, he was involved in research to improve measures to more accurately evaluate carcass. He also judged many beef carcass shows to include the first Beef Empire Days Show at Garden City. Tuma served on the International Board for Farmhouse from 1968-1972 and was Vice President from 1970 to 1972. In 1970, he developed Flint Hills Foods, Inc., a regional value-added meat processing company that was later sold to Hormel and Co in 2004. He was also a food industry consultant both nationally and internationally from 1970 to 2000. Harold is the owner and operator of many commercial (NNN), real estate projects that spread over several states. Currently he is also a Co-Owner of two different companies known as MPMD, LLC which is dedicated to developing fast food enterprises in North Carolina and JH Development, LLC, which develops multiple Marco Pizza Franchises. He was also a Co-Owner, developer, and operator of Country Fisherman, Inc., which is a family seafood and southern country cooking buffet franchise. Harold served as an Army Infantry Officer from 1956 to 1958. He is currently married to Patrice Tuma with whom he has four daughters. He is a grandfather to seven grandchildren and is a proud member of the Presbyterian Church.
PARADE ENTRY INFORMATION
The 2018 parade theme is BEEF…50 years strong! We ask that participants celebrate this 50-year milestone through the design and decoration of their parade entry. Awards will be given to first and second place winners in each category. Categories for the parade entry prizes are: Overall Grand Champion Entry, Youth (youth bands, youth organizations and (4-H groups), Adult (adult organizations & adult bands), Commercial, Animal and Vehicle.
The staging area on the Finney County Fairgrounds Parking Lot will open at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the parade and all participants should be in line no later than 10:15 a.m. so that the parade can be on Main Street by 10:30 a.m. You enter the Fairgrounds on Taylor Ave. and will check in at the Command Center. A map image is below. ALL ENTRIES MUST WIAT TO OFFLOAD UNTIL THEY HAVE MADE IT BACK TO THE FAIRGROUNDS PARKING LOT, AS LONG AS THEY REMAIN ON THE PARADE ROUTE. If you choose to offload earlier, YOU MUST EXIT THE PARADE ROUTE TO DO SO. 8TH and 9th street are a part of the parade route.
To comply with city ordinances,
No candy or favors shall be passed out from any
MOTORIZED MOVING parade entrant.
There will be NO exceptions, and you will be taken out of the parade if you break this law. Thank you for understanding that the safety of our citizens is most important. You are welcome to have your representative’s walk along the sidewalks passing out candy and/or favors.
You are responsible for your own parade identification signs. It is good to have one on each side of your float or vehicle. It will be HOT….make sure to have access to cold water!! We are looking forward to a great parade and are so appreciative of your interest and participation.
The friendly bankers and associates at Commerce Bank invite everyone to Stevens Park in downtown Garden City beginning at 6:30 a.m. for pancakes and beef sausage. The chef from Chris Cakes will be flipping pancakes onto your plate (and into the audience) until 9:30 a.m. It’s all- you- can-eat chuckwagon grub for only $3.00 at the event.
All proceeds will be donated to Women of Purpose. Please contact Donna Tanner at (620) 276-5711 for more information. Event brought to you by Commerce Bank.
The social Hour begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Clarion Inn Ballroom, immediately followed by the awards banquet. Guests will be served succulent Western Kansas beef and all the trimmings. Then, the excitement begins as all the Live and Carcass Show awards are presented, as well as awards for the Cattle Working Contest, Feeders Cattle Challenge, People’s Choice Auction, Public Pick 5, Ranch Rodeo and the Mary M. Hopkins Award for Volunteer Service. In addition, the Beef Empire Days Academic Scholarship recipients will be recognized along with the Southwest Kansas CattleWomen academic scholarship winner.
The Awards Banquet is sponsored by American AgCredit and Zoetis.
The Carcass Show will take place at 2:00 p.m. You are invited to view the carcasses.
The Beef Empire Days, Inc. Board of Directors would like to say “thank you” to Tyson Fresh Meats and their staff for their contribution to the continuing success of the Beef Empire Days Carcass Show.
Gretchen Mafi is a Professor and the Ralph & Leila Boulware Endowed Chair in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University, where she conducts research and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in meat science. Gretchen earned her bachelor’s degree in 1994, from Texas Tech University, a Master of Science degree in 1996, from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Animal Science with emphasis in meat science in 2000, from Texas Tech.
Gretchen joined USDA-Agriculture Marketing Service as a meat marketing specialist in 2001.
In August 2002, she accepted an assistant professor position at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. In 2006, Gretchen began as an assistant professor in Meat Science at Oklahoma State University.
Gretchen’s love and passion for teaching make her career choice in academia obvious. She teaches three meat science courses each semester at OSU, along with her advising and research responsibilities. She conducts research in the area of meat cutability and quality, with over 60 published articles in scientific journals. Also, Gretchen coaches the Oklahoma State Meat Judging Team and Meat Evaluation Team. She also plays a vital role in extension at OSU coordinating meat judging contests and providing support for other programs and activities on campus and around the state. She is actively involved in the American Meat Science Association, serving as a member of the Board of Directors from 2014-2017, a leader of several committees and served as the AMSA Intercollegiate Meat Coaches Association President in 2010-11.
Gretchen received the Merrick Foundation Teaching Award for the American Free Enterprise System awarded by Oklahoma State University in 2015, as well as the Award of Excellence in Teaching from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She also received the American Meat Science Association Achievement Award in 2007. Gretchen and her husband, Jeff Mafi, reside on their farm in Coyle, OK, raising purebred Angus Cattle.
Judging gets underway on Friday morning and continues throughout the day at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant at Holcomb, Kansas
United Wireless Community Children’s parades gives small children the opportunity to walk, ride bikes, strollers, scooters or trikes and participate in a parade like setting that includes prizes and free give aways for all who participate. Children 12 and younger are invited. This event is free to everyone and there is no entry fee. Information is available by calling the Finney County Public Library at 620-272-3680.
This event is made possible by United Wireless.
The Beef Empire Days Cattle Working Contest is open to all area processing crews and provides an excellent opportunity to learn the newest trends and test the latest equipment. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at Finney County Feedyard. All participants will receive lunch and have the opportunity to visit different vender booths from the industry and learn about the products and equipment they use on a daily basis. Entry forms are available at www.beefempiredays.com or by contacting the Beef Empire Days office.
The Cattle Working Contest is coordinated and made possible by the following sponsors: Bayer, Elanco, Finney County Feedyard and Temple Tag, Ltd.
The People's Choice Auction includes the top 25 placing heifers of the live show. The objective is to select the heifer with the highest BED index score. The top three heifers based, on the BED index score, will be paid. Participants and buyers alike are invited to join in on the fun–filled evening at the Clarion Inn.
Beef Empire Days’ sponsors and their guests are invited to this annual event that provides an excellent opportunity to network with customers and clients while enjoying delicious beef hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails. Clarion Hotel plays host to the event that begins at 6:00 p.m. During the evening, Contemporary Western Artist, Bradley Chance Hays will be painting live. There will also be a people's choice drawing, everyone attending will be given a raffle ticket to put in their vote for what heifer they believe will have the highest BED Index Score. Then, at the Awards Banquet, there will be three tickets pulled from the winning heifer and those winning ticket holders will win a Beef Empire Days beef bundle.
A special thank you to: Animal Health International, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Century Business Technologies, Midwest Feeders Inc. and National Beef for their sponsorship.
“Can you beat the Judge?” Public Pick 5 is open to men, women and youth. Each person will pick five head during the steer division of the Live Show that they believe will be the top placers in the Beef Empire Days Index during the carcass show. The total of the Beef Empire Days Index of your five head will determine the winners.
Cost is $20 per person to enter the day of the show. The top three winners of the men’s and women’s divisions will be paid out. The youth division winner will receive a nice duffle bag.
A special thank you to Alltech for their sponsorship
The cattle begin arriving at dawn or before and the excitement level will peak by midmorning when the 50th annual Live Show takes center stage. Anyone with an interest in the cattle feeding industry is invited to be in the grandstands at the Finney County Fairgrounds at 9:00 a.m. when Live Show Judge Chris Mullinix will begin the final judging of the top steers and heifers. A big thank you to Merck Animal Health for their continued partnership.
Chris is from Manhattan, Kansas, where he serves as the livestock judging team coach and a faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences at Kansas State University. He was born and raised on a diversified cattle and farming operation in central Maryland, where his family continues to run a Hereford cowherd, an Angus herd and a feedyard. Chris received his Animal Science degree at K-State where he was a member of the 1995 National Champion Livestock Judging Team and recognized as the contest’s high individual. Prior to returning to K-State, Chris served as Associate Professor and livestock judging coach at Butler Community College. To date, he has coached more than 30 national contest winning teams, including reigning back-to-back National Champion Meat Animal Evaluation Teams and back-to-back Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Teams. Chris has judged cattle shows in 41 different states, including prestigious events such as the North American in Louisville, the American Royal, the Fort Worth Stock Show, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Denver’s National Western. Chris and his wife Elissa are blessed with a 5-year-old son, Mason, and a 2-year-old daughter, Kinsley.
Special thanks to our friends from LBS Scales who provide the weigh chute and scales for the Live Show and to Troy Consbruck of TLC Trucking for their assistance in transporting the Live Show cattle to Tyson Fresh Meats.
Lunch sponsored by Cappel Sales, Huvepharma, and Tyson.
The volleyball event will take place on the West Park inside Lee Richardson Zoo. The tournament will start at 2:00p.m. and continue until 7:00p.m, with a fee of $20 per player. For more information, contact Jyme Cinnamon at (620) 253-1785 or through email at email@example.com.
Area feedyard employees and “townies” that enjoy barrel racing and team roping are invited to attend this annual favorite at the Finney County Fairgrounds Arena beginning at 10:00 a.m. Cowboys and cowgirls compete in events that are open to any current Beef Empire Days sponsor.
This event is made possible by the following sponsors: Animal Health International, Global Animal Products, and Heritage Feeder’s Sublette.
Want to know how the traditional cowboy works the herd? The Ranch Rodeo is an event where traditional working cowboys gather to compete and demonstrate skills that are used every day in cattle ranching operations. Although there are some similarities to rodeos that people are normally accustomed to seeing, ranch rodeo events typically use combinations of roping, horsemanship, and ground work skills to create a more genuine presentation of real-life ranch work. This is considered to be a team event where everyone works together to get the job done. Teams consist of 3 members with up to 25 teams. Events are doctoring, mugging and penning. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Finney County Fairground Arena. Entry forms are available at www.beefempiredays.com.
The Ranch Rodeo is made possible by the following sponsors: Alltech, Baker Boot, Hampel Oil Distributors, Heritage Feeder’s Sublette and JO Cattle Company
For a wholesome family fun time, Praise in the Park will once again be featured during Beef Empire Days. A lot of great bands will play and sing worship songs and we will once again have HOPE puppets performing, the Bible Christian train will run and even more family centers for the kids will be offered. Head over to Stevens Park from 7:00p.m.–10:00p.m. for smiles, tears and heart tugs of worship. In case of inclement weather, the event will be relocated to the First Christian Church, 306 N 7th Street. The Praise in the Park is made possible by: First Christian Church
The Beef Empire Days scholarship Poker Run will begin with registration at 9:00 a.m. at the Clarion Inn. The event will begin with a free breakfast for all participants and then heading out at 10:00 a.m. to Scott Lake. Scott Lake will be the focal point of the run with 5 different themed punch card stations and an outdoor lunch provided. All vehicles welcome to join! Great Prizes! All proceeds go to Beef Empire Days Scholarship fund. (Must be 18 to participate or with parents). For more information contact Trevor Funk at 620-521-2916 or the Beef Empire Days office.
The Garden City Family YMCA presents the annual 5K/10K Run, 2 mile Walk and a ½ mile kid’s race beginning near the YMCA facility on the corner of Harding and Center Street at 7:30 a.m. Every participant receives a complimentary T-shirt and refreshments with their paid registration. For entry forms and additional information contact Steven Lynch, Healthy Living Director at the YMCA at (620) 275-1199.
Come KICKOFF the 50th year with featured artist William Michael Morgan in concert!!! With Red Dirt artist Hunter Hutchinson opening the KICKOFF! This goodtime will be held at Samy’s with the performance taking place in the parking lot. The night will be filled with live music and 50 years of celebration! Visit www.beefempiredays.com for ticket locations.
William Michael Morgan, a fresh-take-on-a-classic-sound approach was apparent when he was a 14-year-old playing four sets a night of Haggard, Strait and Waylon in Mississippi honky-tonks that had “everything but the chicken wire”. He brings a voice and manner older than his 23 years to bear on music written by him and many of today’s best tunesmiths. Nowhere is William Michael's ability to bridge musical gaps more apparent than in the breakthrough hit that made his name, quickly earning five million YouTube views and six million streams, the sweetly romantic “I Met a Girl”.
Coleen's Trophies, Awards & Gifts
Beef Empire Days Office
Online at: www.beefempiredays.com
General Admission (Prior to May 25th)- $10
Week of show (May 26th – June 1)- $15
Finney County Extension Council and Finney County Conservation District arehosting the 4th Annual Ag Women of the Heartland. The event will be held on June 1 from 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at the 4-H Building located at the Finney County Fairgrounds, with dinner included. The event will continue on June 2 from 8:00a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn, with lunch included. Registration is $25.00. *2 for the price of 1, if you bring a first time attendee* The event will feature presentations on "Adapting and Overcoming Adversity". For questions or information contact Finney County Extension Council 620-272-3670 or Finney County Conservation District at 620-275-0211 Ext 110.
Storyteller Priscilla Howe is back! Along with help--or hindrance--from her ridiculous hand puppets, she’ll share her favorite stories, songs and story-songs for all ages. Priscilla has been a full-time storyteller since 1993, after five years as a storytelling librarian. She travels the world (14 countries and counting) with a head full of stories and a bag full of puppets. Priscilla makes her home in Lawrence, KS. She’s also searching for the best restaurant pie on earth! This free event kicks off the summer reading program at Finney County Public Library.
The garden City Tennis Association presents the 6th annual Garden City Open Tennis tournament which will be held at the Garden City High School Tennis courts starting at 9:00 a.m. The tournament will start with Singles division first. Double elimination, 8 game pro set with Ad scoring, 12 point tie breaker at 8 games all. Finals rounds 2 out of 3 sets. Awards will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each division. Divisions may be cancelled if they don't have at least 3 entrants/teams. If that occurs, entrants will be placed in other divisions. Entry information is available at the Garden City YMCA and Garden City Recreation Commission or contact Heather Kneeland at 620-290-1999 or visit Garden City Tennis Association on Facebook.
This event made possible by the following sponsors: Artic Ice, Beef Empire Days, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Garden City Garage Doors, LLC, Golden Plains Credit Union, Keller Leopold Insurance, McDonald’s, Michael Richard, DDS, Pearl’s Sports Shop, Scheopner’s Water Conditioning, Wal-Mart, Western Motors, and Western State Bank.