Harry Truman attended the Crawford County Fair in 1940. Don’t miss it in July.
Harry Truman couldn’t figure out why people wouldn’t stop to listen to his speech when he stood on a Coca-Cola box on the steps of the Methodist Church along Rt. 66. They just kept passing him by while he was electioneering for a senate seat.
He was told by local officials that they were passing him to attend the “Homecoming,” which was what the County Fair was called then. He said that he would attend the fair as well and went to the fair and made his speech. Legend has it that he had to pass the hat for money to continue to the next town.
Viva Cuba chose the wall adjacent to the building that use to be the Methodist Church to paint this scene. The building has reverted back to its original name of Wallace House, a historical Cuba home. Four-H symbols are used in the mural because the 4-H organization was 100 years old when the mural was painted, and the 4-H organization is important to Crawford County kids.
Visit the Crawford County Fair website, and see the many activities that are offered. The Fair Parade kicks off the festivities on Wednesday, and the family fun continues from there at Hood Park along Historic 66. Attend the contests, see the acts, enjoy the rides, and reconnect with friends. A schedule of events is available on the website.
Come to Cuba, Missouri to see history, attend the fair, and be a part of Cuba’s heritage.
See www.cubamomurals.com for more Viva Cuba information and photos.