TRUMAN - Truman is ready for an influx of tourists this weekend, all coming to celebrate Truman Days beginning Thursday morning with garage sales.
Barb Mager, a Truman Days board member, says the garage sales bring in thousands of people to scour 168 sales over three days, while Saturday's parade draws 5,000 or more.
"People are really surprised," she said. "There are people five and six deep along the parade route."
The population of Truman is 1,200.
New to this year's event are drumline performances Saturday after the parade. SuFuDu Drum Line from Sioux Falls and Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps from St. Peter will perform.
Before the parade, concerts will be held beginning at 1 p.m. in Graf Park, including Steve Lang, a Truman talent show, Schell's Hobo Band, and Jim Lawrence Orchestra.
The Truman Police Department will sponsor a rollover car crash simulator at 11 a.m. at the park.
"It is kind of dramatic thing to see how fast it can happen," Mager said.
Also new this year to the festival is a pork meal fund-raiser for the newly formed Jaguar football team after the parade. Proceeds will be used to purchase uniforms. The team involves an agreement between Granada-Huntley-East Chain and Truman schools.
Other Truman Days events include:
o 7:30 a.m. Vintage tractor ride - Tractors made prior to 1972 will drive to Winnebago, Huntley, Northrop and back to Truman at about 10 mph. Sign up at Cliff's Sales in Truman.
o 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - State Legion District II Baseball Tournament finals.
o 5 p.m. - Motorcycle Ride In begins at Aardvark's Bar and Grill.
o 5-7 p.m. - Bingo at the Truman Community Building.
o 6-10 p.m. - Men's softball tournament begins.
o 6:30-10:30 a.m. - Dad's Belgian Waffle Feed at the Community Building.
o 7:15 a.m. - Registration for Truman Days 5K Run/Walk in high school parking lot.
o 10 a.m. - 4-H Petting Zoo at Graf Park.
o 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Entertainment at Graf Park.
o 5 p.m. - Parade beginning at Post Office corner along West Ciro.
After the parade several performances will be held in Graf Park, including SuFuDu Drum Line and Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corp.
o 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Men's softball tournament continues.