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Hobo Day 2020 FAQs

Some answers to frequent questions about Hobo Day 2020:

Is Hobo Day still happening?

Yes – it is still happening. While there may not be a football game or parade, October 31 will still be recognized as Hobo Day and celebrations will take place throughout the week. The Committee and other stakeholder groups are working on ways the spirit of Hobo Day and what it means to be a Jackrabbit can be safely celebrated by all students, alumni, and friends of the University. The Committee and the University are looking forward to broadening opportunities and expanding our reach for Hobo Day through virtual platforms in addition to in-person events.

Is Hobo Day canceled?

No – October 31, 2020 will still be Hobo Day. While the activities for that day are still being determined, the history books will know the October day as Hobo Day.

Hobo Day is not bound to one day or one activity but is instead “a state of mind.” It is hard to confine the homecoming celebration and all the activities that ensue to one particular group or event, like the parade or football game.

What types of activities will be held for students?

The committee is still committed to providing a homecoming experience that engages students and alumni. The group is actively working to reconfigure events and activities that follow safety recommendations by the CDC, South Dakota Department of Health, South Dakota Board of Regents, and of course SDSU.

As event details and engagement opportunities become known, the committee will promote those opportunities via their SDState webpage and social media accounts.

Will there be a button?

There will be 2020 Hobo Day merchandise (T-shirt and button) available in the University Bookstore and online at under the “Hobo Day Shoppe” tab.

Will there be a spring parade?

There are still many unknowns at this point to determine if a spring parade will be feasible. The state of the world and its fight against COVID-19 is not predictable.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference is working diligently to put together a spring schedule that has the safety of players, game personnel, and spectators at its core.

The Committee and University will continue to meet about a spring parade feasibility.

How can other large scale events be held in Brookings and the State but the Hobo Day parade cannot be?

Hobo Day Weekend and the activities connected to the university homecoming draws a crowd of over 10,000 people to Brookings annually. The nature of the parade does not allow for safe social distancing among spectators and visitors. In the best interest of public safety and the well-being of current students, alumni, the community and visitors the parade will not be held this year.

When will Hobo Day 2021 be announced?

Hobo Day 2021 will be announced sometime during the 2020-2021 school year. Typically, this date is announced once the fall football schedule for the next year is available, allowing us to align our celebrations with a home football competition. With the unknown state the world will be in and how collegiate campuses will operate this school year, the announcement of Hobo Day 2021 cannot be made at this time.