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Paint the Town

The old adage says to "paint the town red." Here in Hobo country, we paint the town yellow and blue. We'll provide a window in the Brookings community. You provide the creative genius – or just do your best. It's the Hobo spirit that counts!

Business Registration for Paint the Town:

Registration for Paint The Town will close on Friday, October 14 by 11:59 p.m.. Entry forms can be submitted electronically through the button below.

Business Paint the Town Registration

Student Organization Registration for Paint the Town:

Entry forms for student organizations can be submitted electronically through the button below.

Student Org. Paint the Town Registration

Contest Details & Rules


The event takes place all around campus and Brookings. Student groups will be assigned a window to paint by the Hobo Day Committee. 


Supplies can be picked up beginning Wednesday, October 19 at 10 a.m. until Friday, October 21 at 5 p.m. in the Hobo Day Office (USU 054) in the lower level of the Student Union.

The following supplies will be provided: 

  • Blue, Yellow, White paint 
  • Paint brushes

Student Organization Rules:

  1. All windows must be painted by Sunday, October 23 at 7 p.m. in order to be eligible for judging.
  2. Windows must be painted within reach. Do not use a ladder to paint higher windows.
  3. Some supplies will be provided to groups. If you would like to use additional paint at your club's expense it must be washable tempera paint.
  4. Please use the language "Hobo Day" and "Hobo Week." Please refrain from saying Hobo Days.
  5. All windows will be cleaned by State A Thon in exchange for a $15 donation, which much be dropped off in the Hobo Day Office (USU 054) in the Lower Level of the University Student Union.
  6. Windows must be cleaned by Friday, November 4 at 5 p.m.
    1. If your organization does not pay the $15 donation to State A Thon you will be responsible for cleaning your window.
  7. To have your window judged to compete in the contest, organizations must tag @hoboday (on Facebook or Instagram) and use the hashtag #PainttheTown2022 by 8 a.m. on Monday, October 24.

Paint the Town Winners:

Judging will take place on Tuesday, October 25. There will be multiple categories. Winners will be announced on the SDSU Hobo Day Account @hoboday. 


All questions can be directed to Zoey Schentzel via email or phone at 605-688-5524.