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Early Arrivals

Hobos who arrived early for the 118th annual National Hobo Convention gather for a photo Monday, Aug. 6, in Britt.

BRITT | More than 50 hobos and hobos-at-heart smiled as they huddled together for a photo Monday, Aug. 6, in Hobo Jungle marking their arrival to Britt for the 118th annual National Hobo Convention.

“This picture is an annual tradition,” said New York Maggie about the early arrivals' photo.

Although the annual convention didn’t start until Wednesday, Aug. 8, hobos from across the country began arriving to Britt more than a week before.

Tents, campers and lawn chairs dotted the lawn in front of a boxcar tagged with thousands of signatures off Second Street Northeast.

After the photo, hobos chatted like old friends before attending a meeting about the week’s upcoming festivities and other matters beneath a sunny, cloud-filled sky.

The annual celebration began on Wednesday, Aug. 8, with sidewalk sales, children’s activities and a cemetery tour, and it concluded on Sunday, Aug. 12. Other festivities featured during the event were the Little Miss Britt pageant on Thursday, the Hobo Memorial Services on Friday, a parade on Saturday and a classic car, truck, motorcycle and tractor show on Sunday.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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