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How To Become King Or Queen Of The Hoboes

Even YOU can be King or Queen of the Hoboes! Just follow these simple steps.

First off, candidates must qualify to run.

King candidates must be currently riding or have ridden the rails for at least 5 years, attended the Hobo Convention at least 3 times, be screened by a committee, and not have been King in the past 3 years.

The screening committee is made up of former Hobo Kings.

Get the former Kings to like you.

Queens must have attended the Hobo Convention 3 times, and actively contribute to the betterment of the hobo community. Queens DO NOT have to ride the rails, and will not be screened.

If you have the qualifications then you have to sign up before the end of the second night of the Convention.

Make sure Britt, Iowa, knows your name!

If you have the resources, make a fancy sign.

Tag the camp with your campaign signs.

It doesn't hurt to tag the stores in Britt, Iowa, as well.

Help out around camp.

Participate in Hobo Convention events.

Talk to people!

Get people to campaign for you.

Your best opportunity to campaign and be seen is during the Hobo Parade.

King and Queen candidates follow a float of hoboes in golf carts.

Make sure you get hoboes on the float to hold your signs.

Also, shout your name! Don't just sit there!

The actual King and Queen ceremony happens at the Britt City Park Gazebo. You should try to campaign in the park before the ceremony begins.

The candidates sit in a gazebo before they give their speech. Make sure you sit next to someone important.

Sing along to the National Anthem.

Love America.

Next, give a short 30 second speech.

DON'T try anything funny.

DON'T read your speech off a paper.

DON'T come off as desperate.

DO be genuine and speak from your heart.

Woo the crowd.

Get hoboes to stand.

The winners are announced!

A former King helps put on the new King's bandana.

While a former Queen helps the new Queen with her cape.

Get your patch. Now it's time for your closeup.

Be gracious to your supporters.

Don't be a sore loser.

And last but not least, if you have a car, you should definitely get a hobo license plate.

Congratulations! You are a hobo legend. You will go down in history as a Hobo King or Queen. Once a Hobo King or Queen, always a Hobo King or Queen.

All photos by Matt Stopera