National Hobo Convention

National Hobo Convention Events

Hobo Souvenirs

Hobo Souvenirs and tours can be found at the Hobo Museum, which is open throughout the convention.

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, Vagabond Craft show, Outdoor Classic Car Show, the Hobo Jungle is open to the public and various musical entertainment.



National Hobo Convention
August 3-9, 2015

Hobo Jungle open to public throughout Convention
for more information phone: 641-843-3734
Visit the Hobo Museum which is open throughout the convention


Tuesday, August 4
5:30 AM-1:30 P.M.           Silent Auction at Mary Jo's Hobo House
2:00 p.m.                            Hobo Bingo at Westview Care Center


Wednesday, August 5
All Day:                       Britt Retail Merchants Sidewalk Sales
8 P.M.                           Hobo Cemetery Tour with Ct. Shorty at Evergreen Cemetery
Thursday, August 6
5:00-10 P.M. American Carnival Entertainment opens on Main
5:30 P.M. 

Miss Britt & Little Miss Britt Contest at City Park Gazebo

7:00 P.M.

 Official Fire Lighting and 4 winds Ceremony an entertainment at Hobo Jungle
7:00- 9:00 P.M. Britt Chamber Bingo Stand on Main


Friday, August 7
9:00 A.M. Hobo Memorial Service at Evergreen Cemetery
11A.M.-6 P.M. Hobo Art Gallery at Britt Municipal Building
11:30 A.M. Unveiling of the 2013 King and Queen portraits at the Municipal Building
4:00-8;00 P.M. 

Vagabond Craft Show & Collectibles  on Main Street

All Evening  Britt Lions Putt-Putt Golf on Main Street
5:00-9:00 P.M. Evening Britt  Chamber Bingo Stand on Main Street
5:00-11:00 P.M. American Carnival Entertaiment on Main Street
5:00 P.M. Hobo Poetry with Jerry and Frank at Hobo Jungle
5:00-9:00 P.M. Cranky Train Cars by Iowa Trolley Park sponsored by Earl Hill
5:00-6:30 P.M. Alumni Banquet Social hourWest Hancock Grade School
6:30 P.M. Alumni Banquet - West Hancock Grade School
5:30 P.M. Pudding Eating Contest on Main Street
6:00 P. M. Cow Chip Chucking Contest on Main Street
6:30 P.M. Shawn Gregory's Magic & Variety Show in Veteran's Park
7:00 P.M. Hobo Entertainment at the Jungle
7:30 P.M. Family concert featuring modern folk and bluegrass string band, CrossStrung at Veteran's park

 Saturday, August 8

9:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M. Vagabond Craft Show and Collectibles
7:00 A.M. 5K/10K Walk/Run - Lions park-digital timing by True Time Racing Services
10:00 A. M. Hobo Day Parade--Grand Marshal is Bill Pritchard
11 A.M. - 4 P.M. Armstrong - Larson House open (located on 2nd Street SE)
11 A.M.-6 P.M. Hobo Art Gallery by LeAnn Castillo – Municipal Building
All Day Britt Lions Putt Putt Golf on Main Street
11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M. Britt  Chamber Bingo Stand on Main Street
12:00 noon Free Mulligan Stew in City Park
After Parade American Carnival Entertainment until 11 p.m.
After parade Hobo Poetry with Jerry & Frank in front of Hobo Museum
11A.M.-8 P.M. Cranky Train Cars by Iowa Trolley Park on Main Street- sponsored by Earl Hill
12:00 noon-5 P.M. Sparkles the Clown featuring Comedy, Street Magic and Amazing Balloon Creations on Main Street
12:00  Noon Hillbilly Bob and "Old Ruthie" his model T on Main Street
12:00 noon Shawn Gregory's Magic & variety Show at Veteran's Park
12 noon - 5:00 P.M. Paul Siebert "Acoustic Sounds of an Era on Main Street
12:45 P.M. Hobo Days Association Special Memorabilia Auction in City Park Gazebo
1:00 pm Hobo King and Queen Coronation in City Park
1 P.M.- 4 P.M. Ag Museum open at Fair Grounds
2:00 P.M. River City Barbershop Chorus at Veteran's park
3:00 P.M. Toilet Bowl Races
4:00 P.M. Kids Pedal Power Tractor Pull on Main Street sponsored by Corwith Red Power
4:00 P.M. Shawn Gregory's Magic & Variety Show at Veteran's Park
7:00 P.M. Hobo Entertainement at Hobo Jungle
8:00 P.M. Concert & Beer Garden-VFW Park-music by Nashville Country Band Savannah Jack.  Sponsered by Dave & Mona Kabrick/Pritchard Family Auto
Sunday, August 9
8 A.M. - 4 P.M. Brad Broshar Memorial Semi-Tractor Show
8 A.M.-4 P.M. Classic Car, Truck, Motorcycle & Tractor Show on Main Street
8 A.M.-4 P.M. 

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

(bring your lawn chairs)

8 A.M-1 P.M. Cheerleader Omelet Breakfast at Municipal Building
1:30-4 P.M. Historical Society's Pie & Ice Crèam Social  at Municipal Building

Convention is held annually, the second weekend in August.



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