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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!

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!

Inflatables are back! Free Wristbands required!

Toxic Rush inflatable obstacle course
Toxic Rush Inflatable Obstacle Course

Inflatables are back!! After two years of COVID-19 modifications we are excited to welcome families to enjoy a park full of FREE bounce houses and inflatable games during Hoover’s Hometown Days. Inflatables will be located in Village Green Park on Saturday, August 6th from 11am-5pm. 

Please note that WRISTBANDS are required this year, but they are FREE. Help us track participation in order to maintain event elements in the future. Wristbands can be picked up at the marked tent in front of Town Hall on event day. 

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The Hoover’s Hometown Days committee is looking for donations to help continue to provide free entertainment. If you are interested, please consider donating HERE.

2022 Grand Marshals – All Local Veterans & Service Members

Mayor Roger Laughlin has declared the 2022 Mayor’s Parade Grand Marshals to be all local veterans and service members (past and present). If you are a veteran or active service member and would like to participate, please contact Wayne Fraunholtz of the West Branch American Legion Chauncey Butler Post 514 at (319)930-1196

Parade registration is still available online and at the morning of the event for all interested people, groups, businesses, and non-profits. For parade registration details, please visit https://hooverdays.org/participate/parade-entry/

Community Visioning: Design Reveal – Saturday August 6th, 11am-2pm

Tree and street sketch

Share your ideas for improving the community at a design workshop at Town Hall during Hoover’s Hometown Days! This is the final part for gathering feedback about your interests and needs in travel, opportunities, and improvements in West Branch.

The Design Workshop will develop a conceptual plan that meets the goals and needs of West Branch. The public is invited to stop in between 11am and 2pm to provide input on the designs. See results from the focus group workshops and the community transportation survey, too! The Community Visioning design team will be available throughout the workshop to take your feedback.

Questions? Contact Melissa Russell at melissa@westbranchiowa.org

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Extension Landscape Architecture and Trees Forever