Jessica Schafer

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Drive a race car at Hoover’s Hometown Days!

Swing the door open and climb into the cockpit…

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to drive a real race car, come on down to Main Street on Saturday!  From 11am to 3pm, RU Racing will have a race car simulator set up.

These full motion, full size race car simulators feature high definition graphics, surround sound, wind and smoke machines for a full 4-D experience.  This is the most realistic experience you can get, in a fully controlled environment!

RU Racing simulators have been a huge attraction at events and major racetracks all throughout the midwest.  Check out photos and videos at their Facebook page!

Inflatable Rides and Games

At Hoover’s Hometown Days, we’re happy to host an array of inflatable rides and games for kids of all ages — FREE of charge! Come hang out on the Village Green and watch your kids play on slides, compete in giant board games, and more!

The inflatable rides will be available on the Village Green from 11am on Saturday (after the Mayor’s Parade) until 8pm. Feel free to head to the park after for the closing ceremony and fireworks!

Chautauqua Tent… Returning this year!

It is noble to teach oneself; it is nobler to teach others – and less trouble. –Mark Twain

The National Park Service and Hoover Presidential Foundation are bringing back the popular Chautauqua Tent for 2018!  Located across from the Birthplace Cottage, the tent features educational programming for all ages.

Abraham Lincoln

We’re happy to welcome back Michael Krebs as Abraham Lincoln!  Michael has played Lincoln in a variety of capacities, for educational programs and even appearing in videos.  Check out more photos and videos at the With Lincoln website or Facebook!  Abraham Lincoln will be presenting at 11:30 on Saturday.

Mark Twain

This year’s Chautauqua Tent will also feature Mark Twain, presented by Warren Brown.  Warren Brown does a variety of Mark Twain programs for all ages.  Check out more of what he has to offer at his website or Facebook.  Mark Twain will be at the tent at 1:30 on Saturday!

Smith Studio Jazz

Smith Studio Jazz is a 20-piece big band playing jazz classics, lesser-known gems, and songs from other genres of popular music. Whether playing a standard jazz arrangement or an improvisational combo piece, the goal is always to have fun while creating a party atmosphere for the audience.  Suzanne Smith directs, while vocalist and emcee Joe Bauer belts out Sinatra signature melodies, plus jazz and blues favorites. Smith Studio Jazz has performed for four years at the Iowa City Jazz Festival!

NEW entertainment for 2018… Hanson Family Jugglers!

The sun is shining (finally) and that means it’s time to start looking forward to Hoover’s Hometown Days!  This year we’re excited to announce an all-new addition to our entertainment lineup… the Hanson Family Show!

Mark Hanson is a two-time Guinness World Record holder for speed juggling, and his daughter, Christa, is a national unicycle champion.  Combining their talents, Mark and Christa–along with the rest of their family!–put on an exciting and interactive show.  Kids can volunteer for a chance to survive the Juggling Tornado of Doom or take part in juggling lessons and balance challenges after the show.

The Hansons visited the public library in 2016 and the program was a huge hit.  It will be exciting to see what they can do on those giant unicycles without the limitations of library ceilings!

The show will be on Saturday at 12:30, on/around the Main Street Stage.