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SDSU Bummobile will make appearance in Mitchell parade

What’s 102 years old and carries a handful of hobos through the Corn Palace Stampede Parade in Mitchell? If you said grandma, you’re wrong. It’s South Dakota State University’s Bummobile!

This 1912 Ford Model T is fully restored and ready for the road. The Bummobile and her trusty traveling bums will be in Mitchell on Saturday to promote Hobo Day 2014, which will be held Oct. 25 in Brookings. The Hobo Day parade begins at 9:30 a.m., and kickoff against Youngstown State is at 2 p.m. at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.

The Bummobile rolled off the factory line the very same year SDSU celebrated the first Hobo Day. Frank Weigel, a farmer and proud SDSU fan from Flandreau, donated the vehicle to the SDSU Students’ Association in 1938 under the condition that it appear in the Hobo Day parade each year. Being an automobile of advanced age, the Bummobile has had its share of problems — a fi re or two, an errant wheel rolling down Medary Avenue — but, with the help of some magical mechanics, always bounced right back to bumming around.

If you want to visit with the Hobo Day Committee or get an up close look at the Bummobile while they’re in town, give Grand Pooba Scott Deslauriers a call at 605-520-9342 or email