National Hobo Convention

National Hobo Convention Events

Hobo Souvenirs

Hobo poetry, t-shirts, sweatshirts, cups, ceramic crocks, water bottles, refrigerator magnets, golf balls, golf towels, playing cards, thermoses and postcards are also available through the Chamber of Commerce or The Cobbler Shoppe.

Saturday at 10:00 a.m. everyone can let their hobo spirit soar as they participate in the parade. "Some in rags, some in tags, some in velvet gowns."

Whether you're part of this large grand parade, or a spectator, the spirit of the day is sure to capture your mood. Marching bands, queens, business floats, children, adults, and hobos all come down the streets in one long line and share the fun that only a Hobo Convention can provide. Following the parade, mulligan stew is available, for those willing to stand in line.

Other Events
Other events during the weekend include a 5K & 10K Walk/Run, Hobo King & Queen coronation, Hobo Museum, Hobo Auction, Hobo Memorial Service, Flea Market, Outdoor Classic Car Show, the Hobo Jungle is open to the public and various musical entertainment.



National Hobo Convention
August 6-10, 2014

Hobo Jungle open to public throughout Convention
for more information phone: 641-843-3734 


Tuesday, August 5
2 pm                            Hobo Bingo at Westview Care Center


Wednesday, August 6
7:00 pm         On the Almanac Trail-A labor songs concert tour featuring Rick Palieri &  George Mann.             Sponsored by the Hobo Foundation at City Park Gazebo
8 pm                           Hobo Cemetery Tour with Ct. Shorty at Evergreen Cemetery
Thursday, August 7
9 am Hobo Park Tour with Ct. Shorty (lot north of Hobo House)
3:30 pm 

Hobo King & Queen autograph session by boxcar in Hobo Jungle

5:30 pm 

Miss Britt & Little Miss Britt Contest at City Park Gazebo

7 pm

 Official Fire Lighting and 4 winds Ceremony an entertainment at Hobo Jungle
6:30 pm Hot Laps at Fair Grounds
7 :00 pm Night of 1,000 Stars Races at Hancock County Speedway


Friday, August 8
9 am  Hobo Memorial Service at Evergreen Cemetery
11 am-6 pm Hobo Art Gallery at Britt Municipal Building
11:30 am Unveiling of the 2012 King and Queen portraits at the Municipal Building
1 pm  Ladies Tea at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on 3rd Street SE
2:00 pm 

Vagabond Craft Show & Collectibles open until 8:00 pm on Main Street

2-8 pm Evening Britt Lions Putt-Putt Golf on Main Street
2-8 pm Evening Britt Area Chamber Bingo Stand on Main Street
5-9 pm TJ Party Rentals inflatables on Main Street
5 pm Hobo Poetry with Jerry and Frank at Queens Gardens
5 -9 pm Cranky Train Cars by Iowa Trolley Park sponsored by Earl Hill
5 pm Hobo Poetry with Jerry & Frank at the Hobo Jungle
5 pm Veterans Tribute Concert featuring National recording artist Rockie Lynn sponsored by Pritchard Auto Stores at Veterans Park
5-6:30 pm Alumni Banquet Social hourWest Hancock Grade School
6:30 pm Alumni Banquet - West Hancock Grade School
6 pm Comedian and Magician Gayle Becwar in Veteran's Park
6:30-8 pm Britt Idol (City Park gazebo)
7  pm Comedian and Magician Gayle Becwar in Veteran's park
7pm Hobo Entertainment at the Jungle
8 pm  Family concert featuring country artist Kelsey K sponsored by Klint & Lynn Patterson at Veteran's Park 

 Saturday, August 9

9am-7 pm Vagabond Craft Show and Collectibles
7:00 am 5K/10K Walk/Run - Lions park-digital timing by True Time Racing Services
10:00 am Hobo Day Parade--Grand Marshal is Paul Kelly 
11am - 4pm Armstrong - Larson House open (located on 2nd Street SE)
11 am-6 pm Hobo Art Gallery by LeAnn Castillo – Municipal Building
All Day Britt Lions Putt Putt Golf on Main Street
All Day Britt Area chamber Bingo Stand on Main Street
12:00 noon Free Mulligan Stew in City Park
After Parade Inflatable Rides until 8:00 pm on Main Street
After parade Hobo Poetry with Jerry & Frank in front of Hobo Museum
11am-8pm Cranky Train Cars by Iowa Trolley Park on Main Street- sponsored by Earl Hill
11 am Photo Booth open throughout the day by Veterans Park
12:00 noon-5 pm Sparkles the Clown featuring Comedy, Street Magic and Amazing Balloon Creations on Main Street
12:00  Noon Comedian and Magician Gayle Becwar in Veteran's Park
12:30 am Family Game Show Mania throughout the day including Family Feud and Minute Minute to Win It style games at Veteran's Park
12 noon-4 pm Balloon Clown in Queen's Garden
1:00 pm Hobo King and Queen Coronation in City Park
1:30 pm Pudding Eating Contest on Main Street
1 pm - 4 pm Ag Museum open at Fair Grounds
2 pm Toilet Bowl Races 
2 pm Indigo Nights Barbershop Quartet in City Park Gazebo
3:00 pm Comedian and Magician Gayle Becwar in Veteran's Park
3:30 pm Kids Pedal Power Tractor Pull on Main Street sponsored by Corwith Red Power
5:00 pm Comedian and Magician Gayle Becwar in Veteran's Park
5:00 pm Polka Mass at St. Patricks Catholic Church (3rd Street SE)
7:00 pm Hobo Entertainement at Hobo Jungle
8:00 pm Concert & Beer Garden-VFW Park-music by Standing Hampton
Sunday, August 10
8:00 am Brad Broshar Memorial Semi-Tractor Show
8 am-4 pm Classic Car, Truck, Motorcycle & Tractor Show on Main Street
8 am-4 pm 

Craft Show in the Park w/” Malek's Fisherman Band from 1-4

(bring your lawn chairs)

9:00 am Hobo Museum & Gift Shop open
8 am-1 pm Cheerleader Omelet Breakfast at Municipal Building
1:30-4 pm Historical Society's Pie & Ice Crème Social municipal building

Convention is held annually, the second weekend in August.



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