Register now for the Mayor’s Parade!

Registration is now live for the Mayor’s Parade!  The parade will be Saturday, August 4th at 10:00 am.

Start thinking about how you want to decorate for the parade contest!  We have Downtown Dollars to give to the contest winners in each category, so be creative!  This year’s theme is Traditions.  As always, walking and lightly tossing candy are allowed.

A registration table will be set up the morning of the parade at the Lions Field shelter, but if you pre-register before July 31st, it guarantees that your organization is properly announced when you pass the stage on Main Street.

The parade line up will take place on W Orange St. from the intersection of N Maple St. to the west.  Line up is between 8:45 am & 9:45 am, but walkers should arrive no later than 9:30 am.  There will be staff there to direct you.

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New music added for Saturday!

We’re happy to announce that we’ve signed two new bands to play on Saturday!

Jessa and the Reps

At 11am Jessa and the Reps will be performing on the Main Street Stage.  Their hour-long set will feature covers ranging from BB King to Lady Gaga, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Purdy River Band

Head back to Main Street by 2pm to get your bluegrass fix with Chuck Lahr and the Purdy River Band!  They perform mostly original songs in traditional and contemporary bluegrass styles, along with some classic standards.

 

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!