- Antique Tractors: Jaro Hora - 1942 Case Model 5C
- Businesses: The DownUnder
- Classic Cars: Classy Chassis Cruisers - Red & White Cobra
- Non-profits/Organizations: Iowa Friends of Companion Animals
This year, there were four categories for parade entries: Antique Tractors, Businesses, Classic Cars, and Non-Profits/Organizations. The winners for 2017 are:
Hoover's Hometown Days is this weekend. Below are the road closures for the weekend and the detour map for getting around them!
Once again as part of Hoover's Hometown Days in 2017, there will be a 5K race to kick off the festivities on Saturday! There's still time to register early and avoid late fees.
Runners can register and pay race fees online here.
Or print off and mail in this form:
Don't forget, you can register NOW for the Mayor's Parade! The parade will be on Saturday, August 5th at 10:00 am. Click here to check out this year's parade route and detour information.
Be thinking about how you want to decorate! The theme this year is "Honoring Volunteers." Walking and lightly tossing candy are allowed.
There will still be a registration table available the morning of the parade at the Lions Field shelter, but registering before July 31st will guarantee that your organization is properly announced when you pass the stage on Main Street!
Parade lineup will take place on W Orange St. at the intersection of N Maple St. between 8:45 and 9:30 am. Please enter the staging area on Pedersen St. at the intersection of W Main Street. There will be event staff available to direct participants to the lineup areas.
Click on the most convenient registration method for you:
We need your help to make all of these great Hoover's Hometown Days events come together this summer. There are plenty of opportunities available, including event photography, information, parade help, and much more.
Please consider signing up for your opportunity to be part of our yearly celebration of West Branch.
Click here for details: http://signup.com/go/EWsBjHy
We'd like to welcome "Juggling Jeff" Koziatek to the Main Street Stage on Saturday afternoon!
Juggling Jeff is a professional entertainer, speaker, and life coach who brings positivity, humor, and tons of energy to a show that's sure to appeal to all ages. When you watch Juggling Jeff, you might see balancing acts, daring escapes, jokes, stilts, knives, flaming torches, unicycles... and, of course, juggling. Plenty of audience participation means there won't be a dull moment!
Check out the video below to see what kind of shenanigans you can expect to see from Jeff on Saturday.
This year, the National Park will feature a Chautauqua Tent! The tent will be located across from the Birthplace Cottage, and will feature a variety of programs for all ages.
What is a Chautauqua Tent?
The Chautauqua Movement started in the 1870s as an experiment in "vacation" learning outside of school. The idea was to use leisure time to improve ones mind, morals, and physical health. Chautauqua began as Sunday school classes but quickly broadened to academic presentations, programs in music, art, and physical education, and even correspondence courses for adults who couldn't afford to attend college. Chautauqua tents soon began circling the United States to bring educational programs to adults in all parts of the country.
Hoover's Hometown Days Chautauqua Tent
The tent at this year's HHTD will feature programs in the spirit of the Chautauqua Movement. There will be historical reenactments and educational programs. Come see Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and learn about raptors from the Iowa Raptor Project! There will be events throughout the day on Saturday.
If jazz isn't your thing, check out some of these other musical acts that will be performing at Hoover's Hometown Days in 2017!
The Thunder Pigs (pictured)
The Thunder Pigs are a local band of high school students who cover classic rock songs. The core group consists of Ben Colbert on lead guitar, Atlas Kolpin on bass guitar, and Max Salemink on drums. The Thunder Pigs expect plenty of guest appearances from vocalists and other musicians, so it should be a fun time!
Sid V & the Human Resources
HHTD once again welcomes Sid V & the Human Resources. They're an energetic cover band featuring a wide variety of hits, mostly from the 50s through the 80s. Hear oldies, classic rock, blues, big band swing, and even some country, folk, and polka styles! Their experienced vocalists can bring you the sounds of Elvis and Mick Jagger, and together with the rest of the band they perform songs from Little Richard and Chuck Berry to The Beatles and Zeppelin to Eric Clapton and much, much more.
FunkDaddies perform horn-driven soul, R&B, and dance music with their own original style. Featuring the talented vocals of Alicia Strong (the "Lady of Soul"), FunkDaddies are inspired by Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, and the classic hits of Motown. You'll recognize music from KC & the Sunshine Band, The Commodores, Stevie Wonder, and even some Bruno Mars!
Brass Transit Authority
If you're in the mood for some horn-driven classic rock, stop by to see Brass Transit Authority! They have a full lineup of talented musicians bringing you many hits from Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears, and they can also throw in some Van Morrison, Huey Lewis, or Blues Brothers.
Hoover's Hometown Days is the annual event of West Branch, Iowa, birthplace of the 31st president and home to his presidential museum.
Each August, West Branch celebrates its most well known resident with music, food, rides, and the world championships of Hooverball.
On the site we'll provide updates, schedules, maps, and details of all the events scheduled for the 2017 Hoover's Hometown Days.