The Beef Empire Days Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, on Main Street in downtown Garden City with more than 100 entries anticipated. Be sure to find your spot to watch along the parade route.
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. Saturday. 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. Parade entrants should enter the Fairgrounds on Taylor Avenue and check in at the Command Center.
The 2018 Parade Marshall is Harold J. Tuma, who judged the first Beef Empire Days carcass show 50 years ago.
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. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University, as well as a doctorate 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.
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.
Tuma 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.
Tuma 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.