Nick Shimmin

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Volunteers needed!

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

Rage Theatrics

Rage Theatrics will be performing two shows on Saturday, at 12:30 and 2:00 at the National Park!

The company is best known for their combat-based entertainment shows featuring costumes, comedy, and lots of energy! If you like renaissance faire-style swordplay and think stage combat is fun and interesting, be sure to check out one of the shows Saturday.

New in 2017… Juggling Jeff!

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.

Chautauqua Tent

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.

Some Music for Everyone

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

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.