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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 Monday, October 2 by 11:59 p.m. Entry forms can be submitted electronically through the button below.

Register your business for Paint the Town

Student Organization Registration for Paint the Town

Register your Student Organization for Paint the Town

Contest Details & Rules


The event takes place all around 6th Street and downtown Brookings. Student groups will be assigned a window to paint by the Hobo Day Committee.


Supplies can be picked up beginning Wednesday, October 4 at 10 a.m. until Friday, October 6 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 Monday, October 9 at 5 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. Windows must be cleaned by Friday, November 13 at 5 p.m.
  6. To have your window judged to compete in the contest, organizations must tag @hoboday (on Facebook or Instagram) and use the hashtag #PainttheTown2023 by 8 p.m. on Monday, October 9.

Paint the Town Winners:

Judging will take place the evening of Tuesday, October 10. 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.