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2024 Planning Committee

Are you interested in serving on the 2024 Hoovers Hometown Days Planning Committee? Read through the information below to learn more!


An annual festival for residents and visitors that combines a variety of activities recognizing the unique
heritage of West Branch, Iowa, hometown of Herbert Hoover, while supporting and celebrating our thriving small-town community.


Hoover’s Hometown Days aims to be a financially sustainable destination event that gives attendees an
experience that integrates recreation, education, heritage, and community. The celebration will foster
collaboration, volunteerism, and support local organizations while inspiring hometown pride.


Over the past several years, it has become apparent that the coordination of Hoover’s Hometown Days makes sense with a local non-profit organization and that it should become resident-driven rather than being included in the City’s complex operational budget. Dedicated to seeing HHTD succeed, the City has committed seed money for the new committee and will assist in the transition through the training of new officers.

Main Street West Branch has agreed to house the HHTD Committee with their Executive Director serving
as an advisor to this new resident-driven structure.

The festival has great partnerships like the Fire Station, National Park Services, Lions Club, Boosters, PTO, Whitney’s Wings, Hoover Presidential Foundation, and more who coordinate events and activities during the festival! The committee is charged with connecting all these groups, marketing the festival, coordinating children’s activities like the inflatables, entertainment such as street vendors and bands, and overall festival logistics.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are held on weeknights at the Rummells Center. Meetings are monthly
September-January and bi-weekly February-August. A meeting time will be established by Mid-August by
the newly selected Directors. We will aim for 60-minute meetings but please know meetings could last
up to 90-minutes depending on the time of year.

Committee Expectations
● Available HHTD Weekends – First weekend in August every year
● Attend HHTD Committee meetings.
● Maintain communication with the committee and other stakeholders
● Do what you say you are going to do
● Have Fun!

Committee Selection

General Membership -Any resident may join the Hoover’s Hometown Days committee as a general
member! Members are required to fill out the Membership Interest Form and attend all meetings.
Director Positions – Residents interested in serving as a Director will go through a short interview. Those
who are not selected for a Director position are welcome to join the committee’s general membership.

Selection Timeline
Director Applications close Sunday, August 13
General Membership Interest Form will remain open on a rolling basis. We will notify interested
members of a meeting time as soon as we have it solidified. We understand your commitment may hinge on this meeting time .

Open Positions

Please Note: If you are interested in a position but can only commit for one year, we are happy to work with you!

Childrens Activities Director – Two-Year Term (2024-2025)

The Children’s Activities Director will coordinate the children’s activities and entertainment
throughout HHTD. Past activities have included inflatables, pony rides, bubble stations, balloon
artists, magicians, and more. This position may collaborate with outside planning entities who
plan kid’s activities during the festival (i.e. Lion’s Club Tractor Pull). The activities can differ from
year to year – we encourage creativity and ideas.

Entertainment Director – Two-Year Term (2024-2025)

The Entertainment Director will coordinate the downtown vendors and the entertainment that
takes place on Main Street. Over 40 vendors join us in West Branch each year, so the director will
coordinate the application process, selection, placement, and logistics of vendors. This position
will also coordinate all entertainment on Main Street, which typically includes several small
bands and artists throughout the day.

Additionally, the Director will collaborate with the Fire Department on their Friday and/or
Saturday evening Bands by offering to help as needed in their planning and serve as a key liaison
between the HHTD committee and their planning committee.

Fundraising Director – Two-Year Term (2024-2025)

The Fundraising Director will be charged with establishing a strategic plan for ongoing HHTD
support as well as establishing fundraising guidelines & plans during the HHTD weekend itself.
The Director will collaborate with the Committee Chair and MSWB Advisor on HHTD sponsorship

Spirit Director – Two-Year Term (2024-2025)

The Spirit Director will add elements of hometown pride and Hoover legacy where possible. This
can be done by adding events and activities, decorations (i.e., the Happy Birthday Hoover sign),
or little projects throughout the weekend (i.e., Hoover& hometown facts around town).

Marketing & Design Director – Two-Year Term (2024-2025)

The Marketing and Design Director will create all HHTD promotional materials, including logo
updates, brochures, posters, social media graphics, ads, event & sponsorship banners, etc. This
position will work in Canva Pro to create promotional items.

General Committee Member

The HHTD Planning Committee is open to anyone who enjoys HHTD! General members
are required to attend meetings, give their opinion on ideas and suggestions, and are asked to help Directors with projects and task items, as well as help out during HHTD. It takes a village!

Closed Positions

Chair – Filled
● Conducts meetings, oversees HHTD budget & contracts, works closely with the city on closures,
electricity, and other logistics

Vice-Chair – Opens in 2024 for 2025-2027 Term
● Serves as Vice Chair, Chair, and Past Chair for three consecutive years. The Past Chair serves as an
advisor role. The Vice-Chair oversees the recruitment and selection of the committee and is
involved with the overall logistical planning of the festival.

Volunteer Director and Outreach Director – Opens in 2024 for 2025-2026 Term
● Volunteer Director – recruits volunteers for HHTD events and open positions
● Outreach Director – Communicates with the different planning entities involved in HHTD and
other stakeholders

Advisor Roles:
● Jessi Simon, Main Street West Branch, Executive Director
● Past Chair – Vacant

Interested in applying?
Director Application
General Membership Interest Form


Tiffany Frederick, HHTD 2024 Chair – HooverDaysWB@gmail.com
Jessi Simon, Main Street West Branch Executive Director – MainStreetWestBranch@gmail.com