Nick Shimmin

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2023 Features Jake McVey

Announcement image for 2023 musical guest Jake McVey.
Announcing Jake McVey at the Fire Station Stage in 2023

We’re thrilled to announce that Jake McVey will be the headline performer for Hoover’s Hometown Days 2023! Jake will perform on the Fire Station Stage on Friday, August 4, 2023 to kickoff the annual festival in West Branch, Iowa. Admission information coming soon – follow Hoover’s Hometown Days for the latest announcements.

Jake McVey describes himself as “just a good Iowa boy with a great work ethic” and has earned himself a reputation as a compelling performer who combines upbeat music and youthful enthusiasm with a seasoned eye for reading a crowd. He’s shared the stage with some of country’s most acclaimed acts, including Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, and Dierks Bentley.

We look forward to a great show in West Branch!

Save the Date for 2023

Save the date for Hoover’s Hometown Days 2023. Join us August 4-5, 2023 in West Branch, IA for the annual celebration of Herbert Hoover and the West Branch Community! Follow here, on Facebook, and on Instagram for more information on the event through the year!

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Share your feedback on this year’s Hoover’s Hometown Days. We always strive to improve and make each event better than the last.

Please take this short survey to share your thoughts and feedback about Hoover’s Hometown Days 2022.  Complete the 1-minute survey by Tuesday, August 16 for a chance to win $20 in Downtown Dollars. We appreciate your feedback as we look towards improving the event for 2023.  Thank you!

Hoover Library & Museum Free Admission with Birthday Cupcakes

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library with birthday decorations
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library with birthday decorations

One of the highlights of Hoover’s Hometown Days is, of course, free admission to the The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum. Take an annual trip through the museum and learn more about West Branch Native Herbert Hoover’s life, policies, and presidency.

Be sure to also check out the current special exhibit, Deliverance: American and the Famine in Soviet Russia, 1921-1923 which will be on display at the library until the end of the year. This exhibit tells the story of one of the great humanitarian efforts in history, Herbert Hoover and the American Relief Administration’s food and medical relief during the Soviet famine of 1921-1922.

The library will be open regular operating hours on Saturday from 9am to 5pm – be sure to check it out!

Last, but not least, in honor of Herbert Hoover’s Birthday on August 10th, the library and museum will have birthday cupcakes between noon and 4pm!

Eat, Shop, & Explore on Main Street

Over 50 businesses will be participating in Hoover’s Hometown Days as food trucks, vendors and pop-up shops line the streets of our historic downtown on Saturday, August 6th from 11:00am-5:00pm.

Don’t hesitate to Shop Local while you enjoy the festival! West Branch Community Development Group will host a free bag check so if you make purchases at our wonderful local businesses you don’t have to carry them around while you enjoy the event. The “Shop & Drop” bag check will be located on the corner of Main Street and N Downey Street in the Springdale Agency lobby from 11am-5pm on Saturday.

Visit the schedule for a full list of events!

Downtown Vendor Map for Eat, Shop, & Explore Main St.
BOOTH #Vendor NameVendor TypeOfferings
2 & 4Shaded Seating AreaSeating AreaShaded Seating Area
3 & 5Yolandas bbqFood StandPorkstick fried rice eggroll, Soda fresh squeezed lemonade.
IndoorsCotton Creek MillLocal ShopSewing and quilt supplies, fabric and more
6Farm Bureau Financial ServicesFree ActivitySmall give-aways such as koozies
7Luna's TaqueriaFood StandStreet Tacos, Quesadillas and Vegan/Vegetarian options + drinks
9West Branch Community Development GroupLocal Organization50/50 Raffle, T-Shirt Sales, Main Street Info
IndoorsMain Street Antiques & ArtLocal ShopAntique Shop
10Whitney's WingsLocal OrganizationBottled water + info on community events
11Marg's Litte Red HouseLocal ShopWill bring out clothing and vintage under tent
12A Beautiful PurposeLocal ShopAntiques Shop
14Graceann BoutiqueLocal ShopHoover Day Tees
15Remi’s Wood Art and DesignPop-Up VendorPyography and Functional wood art
16Designs by 88Pop-Up VendorTumblers and other various epoxy/sublimation items
17Rags 2 RugsPop-Up VendorHandwoven rag rugs
19TC Bonez BBQFood StandBBQ
IndoorsHoover Fine ArtsLocal ShopArt gallery
18Magic Jellyfish Tie DyesPop-Up VendorTie Dyed items
20Marco's Grilled CheeseFood StandGrilled Cheese, ham and cheese, quesadillas
21Lugo’s Gourmet Popcorn and LemonadeFood StandKettle and Caramel Corn, Lemon and Strawberry Lemon shake ups
Heritage Square Shaded Seating Area Seating AreaShaded Seating Area
Heritage SquareTHE DOWN UNDERLocal Restaurant / Food Stand / Beer Garden Beer, burgers, chips
22Cedar View Farms LLCPop-Up VendorHand made wood decor & crafts
23Best of IowaFood StandCupcakes, cookies, pop
24Caricature artistFree ActivityFree caricature drawings
25Gentle Family DentistsFree ActivityFree sugar-free lollipops and tooth ID for kids
26Herb N LousLocal Restaurant / Beer GardenPizza, sandwiches, beer + more
27Al MadePop-Up VendorShirts, hats, baby items, home decor, accessories
28Iris & Ivy LLCLocal ShopFlowers, plants, gift items
29Humans for Racial Justice Local OrganizationCandy, flyers, fun
Downey St Pony RidesFree ActivityFree pony rides
IndoorsWhite Pumpkin StudioLocal ShopGift shop
30Izzys TreasuresLocal ShopFace Paint & Henna
31 & 33Cindy's Tropical Shaved Ice Food StandShaved Ice + Canned pop
IndoorsCorridor Home Redesign Local ShopHome decor, upcycled furniture and gifts
32Friends of the West Branch Public LibraryLocal OraganizationWater & Gatorade
34Touched by powerLocal ShopHomeade Soy Candles and melts and aromatherapy products
37 & 39Beyla's Food TruckFood StandGluten-free homemade food: burgers, tamales, tacos, salads, desserts, coffee
38Browns west branchLocal OrganizationFree items, business swag
40Main Street SweetsLocal Restaurant / Food StandSandwiches, chips, ice cream and cool treats
41EmaJo DesignsPop-Up VendorHandmade aprons, kitchen items, purses, wallets, quilts
42Anna Banana Shop ArtPop-Up VendorSticker, Mugs, Hats, Stuff Animals, Print, Small Trinkets, T-shirts
43Brooklyns creationsPop-Up VendorBracelets, earrings, keychains, resin pieces and magnets
44The Serving CafeLocal Restaurant / Food StandFood and beverages
45 & 47ChuckiesFood StandBreaded pork tenderloin sandwich waffle fries hand breaded chicken strips
46West Branch PTOLocal OraganizationPTO merchandise, bear jersey sign up forms, tattoos & popsicles
48CreativeBlissPop-Up VendorBears clothing and misc bears items, cups/tumblers, etc.
49Polished & HandcraftedLocal ShopNail Art & handmade items
52 & 54CyBear Robotics/WBCSDLocal OraganizationDunk tank, Team merchandise and competition robots on display
51 & 53Kountry Korner Catering & Mobile KitchenFood StandDeluxe Hot Dogs, Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Loaded Breakfast Burritos, Loaded Nachos, Fried Onion Burgers, The Karnivore, Canned sodas, Fresh-Pressed Lemonades/Limeades, Macaroni & Cole Slaw Salads & Bags of Chips
55Moe's Barn Wood DecorPop-Up Vendor Locally made barn wood signs and decor
IndoorsBranch Out NutritionLocal ShopProtein shakes + tea bombs
Town HallWest Branch United Methodist ChurchHydration / Rest StopCold water bottles
Town HallCommunity Visioning Design Reveal & WorkshopLocal Organization11-2 Public input session for community improvements
56Kona Ice of Cedar Rapids & Iowa CityFood StandGourmet Shaved Ice
57BloomFood StandAcai Bowls, Smoothies, Fresh Snacks
Indoors223 Vintage CoLocal ShopVintage, plants, home decor + gifts
60Jack & JillFood StandBBQ and fried chicken
61WB Fire DepartmentFood & Local OrganizationGrilled burgers, brats, hot dogs + sides