Hobo Convention 2012-Riding the Rails
I’m very upset. A convention came and went this year with me missing out on a great time. To be truthful, I only learned such events were held each year in Britt, Iowa.
I am speaking of the annual Hobo Convention. Yes, a gathering of rail-riders, hobos and tramps. How many of us have wanted to ditch the car, job and rules of life to see the country via rail. I for one would have loved to do this but alas missed the train years ago.
Every 2nd weekend in August the town of Britt celebrates the life of hobos and they sure have a great time. There is a bar-b-que, flea market, even a parade where folks competing for Hobo King & Queen get to strut their stuff.
Hobos even have their own celebrities.This here is Backwoods Hobo Jack. He is the star of the convention as he was featured on American Picker!!
This the new generation of celebrity. The young girls line up for autographs from Bolty.
You even get to witness a Hobo wedding. I wonder, do they toss rice or beans?
Old Hobo queens stay true to their camps. Meet Miss Hobo Lump
Minnesota Jim and the Little Misses
This guy fell into the fire not once but twice.Riding the rails tires a man out for sure
Hobos have rules and I bet one better not break them either
A new generation of hobos is emerging. Gotta love him for keeping traditions alive
Honoring hobos who have passed away to the great track in the sky. They are said to have gone “Westbound”
Hobos are as much a part of Americana as Mom & Apple pie. They are brave, adventurous people who take life by the rails and live the American Dream. I wonder am I really too old to pack a bag and jump…
“A hobo wanders and works, a tramp wanders and dreams and a bum neither wanders or works”
(Thank you to Buzzfeed for being our eyes at the annual Hobo Convention:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151192816805329.505096.21898300328&type=1)