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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!


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.

Sign up for Paint the Town

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

SUPPLIES: 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 

  • Poster with organization’s name and number to be posted in the window for judging purposes 


1.  All windows must be painted by Sunday, October 23 at 8 p.m. in order to be eligible for judging.

2.  All windows will be cleaned by State-A-Thon in exchange for a $10 donation, which much be dropped off in the Hobo Day Office (USU 054) in the Lower Level of the University Student Union.

3. Windows must be cleaned by Wednesday, November 2 at 5:00 p.m.. Window cleaner and paper towels. (No straight razors!)

4.  To compete in the contest, organizations must tag @hoboday (on Facebook or Instagram) and use the hashtag #PainttheTown2022 by 8:00 a.m. on October 24.

PRIZES: Judging will take place on Tuesday, October 25. There will be multiple categories. Winners will be announced on the SDSU Hobo Day Account @hoboday. Winners will receive gift cards to local food places for the organization. 

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