Truman Days begins today

TRUMAN – Truman Days is continuing its tradition of a small town summer festival, with several days of activities and entertainment for all ages.

The celebration kicks off at 3 p.m. today with a special kids story time at the library.

At noon Thursday, the all-city garage sales begin. Maps are available at Truman businesses.

“This is one of the most popular things,” said Mel Breitbarth, who serves on the event planning committee.

Also beginning at noon Thursday is an antique flea market in downtown Truman.

The Little Miss/Mr. Truman program begins 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium. Those planning to attend should note the change of location.

Friday’s activities begin early with a vintage tractor ride at 7:30 a.m.

“I heard there was going to be 60 tractors,” Breitbarth said. “They’re going 40 some miles in eastern Martin County.”

At 8 a.m., the garage sales and antique flea market continue, with a farmers market from 3-6 p.m. by T-Town Tinker and Towing.

A trio of events will begin at 6 p.m. Friday. The annual motorcycle ride-in starts at Aardvark’s Bar and Grill. “Zinghoppers,” an hour-long show for preschool and elementary children, will be held at Graf Park. And sixteen teams will participate in a three-day, double-elimination softball tournament at Rosburg Diamonds.

Steve Lang will entertain with music in the park from 7:30-9 p.m.

Saturday will include non-stop events starting at 7 a.m., with a Belgian waffle breakfast and bake sale at the Truman Community Building until 10:30 a.m., and the garage sales and flea markets continuing until noon.

Registration for Truman Days’ 5K run/walk starts at 7:15 a.m. in the high school parking lot. The $20 fee includes a T-shirt for all participants.

A semi-trailer truck show by Casey’s and the 4-H petting zoo at Truman Senior Living begin at 9 a.m.

At 10 a.m., the petting zoo will relocate to Graf Park, which also is the location for craft vendors, face painting, kids’ games, an inflated bouncer and slide and lots of food. A bean bag tournament with 32 teams starts at 10 a.m. Preregistration is required, and the entry fee is $20.

Registration for the kids’ pedal tractor pull starts at 10 a.m. in the park, with competition beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Truman pool will be open for swimming from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2 or two non-perishable food items for the county food shelves. The new mini-golf course also will be open, and the cost is $1 per person.

Musical entertainment will continue through the afternoon at the park.

“We’ve got something scheduled right up until parade time,” Breitbarth said.

Performers include the Kristy Marie Show, Terry Kline, Shell’s Hobo Band and the Jim Lawrence Orchestra.

A kiddie parade will be held at 4 p.m. on the east side of the park. The theme is “Crazy Clowns, Crazy Rodeo,” and it’s open to all ages up to teenagers. Registration is not required, and winners will participate in the grand parade.

“There are 125-plus units [in the parade] at 5 p.m. on Saturday,” Breitbarth said. “Anybody else that wants to be in the parade can get a spot. We’ll make room for you.”

After the parade, Graf Park will be the setting for free wagon and horse-and-carriage rides, and performers include the Su Fu Du Drum Line from Sioux Falls, the Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps from St. Peter and the Groove SummerLine drummers.

The “engine blow” starts at 8 p.m. in from of the fire hall. Choose a time for $2 from a time board that you think will be the time the car engine “will blow” after the car is started. The person guessing the closest time wins $100 with $50 being given to the two times on either side of the “blow.”

A downtown street dance begins at 8:30 p.m. featuring the “Side FX” band. Food vendors will be on hand, and a picture ID is required to enter the beer-selling area.

Truman Days wraps up on Sunday with morning church services and the final games of the softball tournament.

At 11 a.m., the winners of the Truman Days’ sweepstakes will be drawn at Aardvark’s.

“We will announce the winner at the softball diamond at 1:30,” Breitbarth said.

Grand prize is a $2,000 vacation travel voucher from Travel Central in Truman. Other prizes include three $500 winners, one $300 winner, one $200 winner, four $100 winners and 20 $20 winners of Truman Bucks. Only 1,500 sweepstakes tickets will be sold. They are $10 each and available at various Truman businesses.