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American State Bank Beef Empire Days Parade

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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 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.


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. 


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