James “Hobo Jim” Varsos was born in 1952 in Lafayette, Indiana but spent most of his youth in Madison, Wisconsin. At 18, he hit the open road, hitchhiking throughout North America before eventually making his way to Alaska, where he would find his forever home. Music wasn't paying the bills, so to make a living he worked as a deckhand, cannery worker, logger, ranch hand, and cowboy. He hunted, fished, rodeoed and...
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Hobo Jim Day 2023
Dec 21, 2023
Friends, family and fans celebrate Hobo Jim's would-be birthday each year. You should too, he'd sure want you to have a good time!
There will be a small gathering in Wasilla. Contact us for details.
2023 Alaska State Fair
Aug 19 - Sept 5
Hobo Jim loved the Alaska State Fair and performed the closing act for 40 years. Yeah, 40! And now it's like a pilgrimage.
Please contact us for more details and information.
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THE LEGEND LIVES AMONG HIS FRIENDS
The Hobo Jim Fan Club is a private Facebook group of friends and fans from all over the world. Together we celebrate the memory and legacy of Alaska's Hobo Jim. Come join us!
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