Grandview celebrates Harry S Truman’s birthday in a big way this weekend

By Kady Weddle

The City of Grandview, with the help of multiple local organizations, will once again host Harry’s Hay Days on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7. 

Harry’s Hay Days is a celebration of President Harry S. Truman’s birthday, born on May 8, 1884. The two-day event kicks off Friday with a free concert by the all-request band Troubadour Retrievers at Grandview Amphitheater at 7pm followed by fireworks. Gates open at 6pm. 

Fireworks will follow the concert at the Grandview Amphitheater on Friday night.

Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri. At the age of three, Truman’s parents moved to his grandparents’ 600-acre farm home located in Grandview, Missouri at 12301 Blue Ridge Blvd. When Truman was six, his parents moved to Independence, Missouri; however in 1906, Truman returned to the Grandview farm, where he lived until entering the army in 1917. It was on his family’s farm that Harry S Truman grew character traits that led him on that path to the White House. The home is still standing and is now a National Park Service site.

The Truman Farm Home will open May 6.

“We are very excited that the Truman Farm Home will be officially reopening for tours this season on Friday, May 6,” says City of Grandview Communications Manager Valarie Poindexter. “A National Park Ranger will be on site on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30am-3:30pm to give tours of the inside of the home.”

The commemoration of Truman’s legacy continues into Saturday with a festival and parade on Grandview’s newly revitalized Main Street. The City of Grandview in Partnership with the Grandview Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Harry’s Hay Day parade at 10am. This years’ theme is “The 2022 Crew”. 

The Grandview Chamber is organizing the parade this year. The emcee is Kansas City entertainer Nicki White and the Grand Marshals are the 2020 and 2021 Grandview Civic Leadership Award Winners Charlie Knight and Jeff Teague.

Harry’s Hay Day parade starts at 10am Saturday.

An open-air vendor fair, complete with food trucks, crafts, clothing, accessories, local businesses and services will follow and be open until 4pm. Not to mention a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, caricature artist, bounce houses, face painting, pony rides, street performers, games, a petting zoo, and more. 

The Main Stage schedule includes live performances by The Good Sam Club Band at 11am and the Way Too Famous Band at 2:30pm. 

Crowds and participants alike will also enjoy a Little Handsome Harry contest for kiddos at 12:50pm followed by a Handsome ‘Hairy’ contest for man’s best friend at 1:30pm. All participants must be registered before the event. All proceeds from the dog show will be donated to Wayside Waifs.

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