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From 2006 to 2012, he took over the diminished Arvada Harvest Festival Parade once again.  His goal was to make it the top community parade between LA and Chicago. By many standards, that goal may have been achieved. During the six years he was parade chair, the parade grew to about three thousand participants, including as many as seventeen high school marching bands, 32 emcees at 16 reviewing stands, with an estimated twenty thousand spectators.

Also an author, Tomlinson in the late 80’s and early 90’s wrote two best-selling books on Colorado real estate taxation. Currently, he is working on a lifestyle book for couples in their twenties and a science fiction treatment (a short version of a screenplay).​

​Tomlinson is a member of the International Festival and Event Association, and a former member of the City of Arvada Festivals Commission. He is very active in the community and has served on many public, private, elected and appointed boards.

About the Author

In the mid 1970s, Ed Tomlinson - a Colorado Realtor by trade - ran the Arvada Harvest Festival Parade for several years.  He expanded and turned it over when it became the state’s largest parade with 427 entries, including eight marching bands. Arvada, a northwest suburb of Denver, had a population of fifty thousand at the time.

In 1979 he chaired a National Clowns of America Convention. It included a downtown Denver clown parade along 16th Street, which featured some seven hundred clowns and an authentic steam driven calliope from Kansas.