When Hobo Day comes into view in the fall in Brookings and on the campus of South Dakota State University, there comes that thought of one big Saturday with two big events: a great parade the best in downtown Brookings each year followed by a brief regrouping before the homecoming football game. While the above description fits, it tells of only one day of a week-long celebration.
This year's festivities, with the super-heroes theme "Hobos Save the Day," began Monday with a "Paint the Town," which had resident hall students and SDSU clubs getting the word out on Hobo Day by painting windows in downtown Brookings.
Today's scheduled events included the Dress-Up Day contest in the Market at the University Student Union, for SDSU employees; judging of the resident halls decorating contest; and the Bum Olympics in the USU at 8 tonight.
Other big-week events, most of them tested, true and now Hobo Week traditions that lead up to the biggest day, include:
• A Scavenger Race that sends students across the campus and the town armed with a list of items;
• The aforementioned Bum Olympics, sponsored by the Greek Council, that bring residence halls together for games styled after the Olympics;
• Hobos Against Hunger, a show of SDSU support for the Brookings community through the collection and donation of items to the Brookings Food Pantry;
• The Beards and Hairy Legs Contest, which judges beards for men, looking at both the scruffiest and the bestgroomed , while the women will go for hairy legs based on length, darkness and softness ; and finally
• Cavorts, the annual Hobo Day talent contest, with its featured individuals and groups singing, doing comedy routines and other assorted performances for fun and prizes.
All the fun and frolic throughout this week culminate on Saturday with a series of traditional happenings: The Hobo Day 5K (3.1-miles ) Run at 8 a.m.; the Hobo Day Parade, which returns to its now traditional route after last year's detoured route due to downtown construction, at 9:30 a.m.; the Hobo Day Tailgate barbecue at 11:30 a.m.; and the gridiron battle between SDSU and Northern Iowa at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium at 2 p.m.
For those looking for a bit of post-Hobo Day action, there's a soccer game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Fishback Soccer Park; the Jacks will be taking on Southern Utah.
The events of Hobo Week and Hobo Day come off looking to be easy fun and all fun; and they are thanks to Grand Pooba Megan Schiferl, sophomore from Fordyce, Neb., and the 30-member Hobo Day Committee, who have been working since this past May to bring it all together in one grand week and one even grander day.