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Annual Hooverfest Draws Thousands

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

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Over 7,000 people attended Hooverfest on August 1st at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, a nonprofit support group for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and the National Historic Site, produces the annual celebration.

Hooverfest began with occasional celebrations of the former president’s birthday before his death in 1964. Herbert Hoover, the 31st president and the only Iowan elected to our nation’s presidency, was born on August 10, 1874 in the cottage which is now the centerpiece of the historic site. He and his wife Lou Henry Hoover are buried in the park near his birthplace.

This year’s Hooverfest honored veterans and military servicemen and women. Margaret Hoover, great-granddaughter of President Hoover and national political commentator, and Ernest Quintana, Midwest Regional Director, spoke during a noon ceremony at “The Moving Wall,” the half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. displayed at the park from July 30th through August 2nd.

One hundred exhibitors from around Iowa showed off the state’s many attractions while park staff swore in 28 new Junior Rangers. The “Celebration Iowa Singers and Jazz Band” and the U.S. Air Force jazz ensemble “The Noteables” provided musical entertainment. Seventeen teams played in the 22nd annual Hooverball National Championships. White House physician Admiral Joel T. Boone invented Hooverball, a combination of tennis and volleyball played with a four- or six-pound medicine ball, to keep President Hoover physically fit. The modern competitive version is somewhat more strenuous than the morning games played on the White House lawn by President Hoover, his cabinet, and the White House press corps.

The festival concluded with an evening tribute to U.S. veterans and the U.S. military, followed by fireworks set to patriotic music.


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