Nick Shimmin

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Reminder: Register now for the Mayor’s Parade!

Don’t forget, you can register NOW for the Mayor’s Parade!  The parade will be on Saturday, August 5th at 10:00 am.  Click here to check out this year’s parade route and detour information.

Be thinking about how you want to decorate!  The theme this year is “Honoring Volunteers.”  Walking and lightly tossing candy are allowed.

There will still be a registration table available the morning of the parade at the Lions Field shelter, but registering before July 31st will guarantee that your organization is properly announced when you pass the stage on Main Street!

Parade lineup will take place on W Orange St. at the intersection of N Maple St. between 8:45 and 9:30 am.  Please enter the staging area on Pedersen St. at the intersection of W Main Street.  There will be event staff available to direct participants to the lineup areas.

Click on the most convenient registration method for you:

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: ​

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.