Kaity Kuske of Belle Plaine has been selected a member of the South Dakota State University Hobo Day Committee. This year’s Hobo Day parade and football game will be held Oct. 25. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m., and kickoff against Youngstown State is at 2 p.m. in Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.
Kuske, the daughter of Mark and Michelle Kuske, is a junior majoring in pharmacy and minoring in music. In addition to her Hobo Day duties, she is a peer mentor, admissions ambassador and member of the concert choir.
As one of the committee’s events coordinators, Kuske will assist in the planning and facilitation of Hobo Week events and activities on campus.
“I applied for the Hobo Day Committee because Hobo Day events in past years are some of my favorite memories at SDSU. I wanted to be a part of history in the making and provide opportunities for other students to share the same memories,” Kuske said.
SDSU’s Hobo Day began in 1912, modeled after a similar event at the University of Missouri. Jackrabbit men grew beards for one month prior to the homecoming football game, and students dressed as hobos met the opposing team at the train station. While other universities have had their own versions of Hobo Day, SDSU’s event is the only one remaining. Hobo Day has been canceled twice, once during World War I and once during World War II, making this year’s celebration the 100th.
In addition to organizing and advertising the parade, the Hobo Day Committee is responsible for planning and marketing events on campus during the week leading up to the big day. The beard-growing tradition, known as the One-Month Club, has stood the test of time and still draws participants. New traditions like the Great Hobo Race and the Bum-Over help to build excitement during the week preceding Hobo Day.
Over the summer, the committee has participated in parades throughout the state to promote the event and display the Bummobile, a restored and road-ready 1912 Ford Model T.