Hooverfest honors military service Aug. 1
WEST BRANCH—Hooverfest, the annual celebration of Herbert Hoover’s birth, takes place on Saturday, Aug. 1 at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, just east of Iowa City at exit 254 off I-80.
Admission will be free to all events and buildings, including the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and its temporary exhibit “Iowa A-Z.” On-site parking will be limited but visitors may park for free at West Branch High School. A free shuttle will transport visitors to and from the high school parking lot. Please allow extra time to find a parking space. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and stay all day.
This year’s Hooverfest honors our veterans and service men and women in the military. Margaret Hoover, great-granddaughter of President Hoover and national political commentator, will speak during a noon Honor Flag ceremony at “The Moving Wall,” the half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. on display at the park from July 30 through Aug. 2.
Daytime highlights will include “Iowa’s Treasures A-Z,” from 12-7 p.m. Vendors will sell food, arts, and crafts.
Children may participate in the Junior Ranger Program and in hands-on living history demonstrations. Afternoon entertainment by the Celebration Iowa Singers and Jazz Band will begin at 3:30 p.m. near the Hoover Museum.
Teams will play in the 22nd annual Hooverball National Championships from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on courts adjacent to the National Historic Site and close to all Hooverfest activities. Spectators are welcome. A registration fee is required for participation.
The evening program, a tribute to U.S. veterans and the U.S. military, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the grassy loop area behind the library-museum and includes the “Noteables,” an Air Force Jazz Band, a message from the White House honoring Herbert Hoover, and fireworks set to patriotic music. Margaret Hoover, great-granddaughter of President Hoover, is the emcee.
For more information, visit www.hooverassociation.org or call (319) 643-5327. Hooverfest is produced with private donations by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, a nonprofit support group for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and National Historic Site in West Branch.