It’s a music festival. It’s a home-brew competition. It’s a vehicle show. It’s a race. And it’s a fundraiser for a good cause.
Brew Skies Music Festival will take place Saturday, June 10, at Mark Twain Cave and Campground, 300 Cave Hollow Road, and proceeds will benefit Hannibal Nutrition Center.
“This is the ultimate summer music festival and beer-tasting adventure in Northeast Missouri. A wide variety of musical genres will be represented, with many original singer-songwriters as well as tributes to some musical greats,” organizer Jason Gregory said, adding six different musical groups will perform 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Twenty or more homebrewers from the Midwest will face off in an annual competition organized by the Hannibal Area Homebrewers Association.
Sampling will be noon to 2 p.m. and is included with the price of a general admission ticket to the festival.
Hannibal’s Mark Twain Brewing Co. will host the HAHA Homebrew Competition.
“Mark Twain Brewing has been an important supporter of the local homebrew community. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to bring in some of the musical acts and provide such a strong lineup of performers,” Gregory said.
Joining Mark Twain Brewing at the festival will be Bell’s Brewing Co. from Kalamazoo, Mich. Mark Twain Brewing and Bell’s brewers will serve as judges. The Judge’s Choice winner will receive a trip for two to Bell’s Brewery in Michigan.
Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show — along with a second and third place — and a People’s Choice award.
Cars and more will be on display at the festival’s Vintage VW Meet-Up 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Owners of vintage Volkswagens are expected.
“Festival-goers will be able to check out the best of air- and water-cooled Volkswagens at this informal, nonjudged gathering,” Gregory said, adding that more than 50 vehicles from eight states have confirmed their participation.
The festival promises no shortage of food. The menu is extensive and includes lobster, steak, chicken tacos, gourmet grilled sandwiches, tenderloin and catfish sandwiches, specialty hot dogs and a range of barbecue dishes. No outside food or drink is permitted.
The all-ages festival is family friendly, and children ages 12 and younger get in free. Children’s activities will include a petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., VW painting with the Hannibal Arts Council, photos with Herbie, face painting and more.
A 5K run will begin at 8 a.m., with an awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The course begins and ends at Mark Twain Cave.
Prizes will be awarded to the top two male and female participants overall, and the top two male and female finishers in each age group. Proceeds from the race will benefit Eugene Field Elementary School’s efforts to raise money for a new playground area for the school and its neighborhood.
While there is some seating, attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Large tents will offer shelter in the event of rain.
Parking is limited. Attendees are encouraged to use shuttle service from Hannibal Trolley Co., 220 N. Main St. Cost is $3 one way for the five-minute trip. Service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and continue until 30 minutes after the final performance.
More information and tickets are available at hannibalbrews.com. Tickets are $10 online and at County Market Stores in Hannibal, Quincy and Palmyra until June 1. Tickets are $15 after that date.
• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Frate
• 1:30 to 3 p.m. Arkansauce
• 3:30 to 5 p.m. The Flood Brothers
• 5:30 7 p.m. Urban Pioneers
• 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Mulligan Brothers
• 9:30 to 11 p.m. Sean Canan’s VooDoo Players perform Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead