The entertainment lineup for the 62nd annual National Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal has been announced.
The Hannibal Jaycees sponsors the annual event, planned this year June 30 through July 4.
“We started planning in October,” Jaycees public relations officer Trisha O’Cheltree said. “We have been working for about two months to secure all the acts and decide who we want. The national acts are always the hardest to get based upon availability and where the show before and after the one you want them for are at.”
National Tom Sawyer Days was the brainchild of the Hannibal Jaycees in 1956, and over the years, more organizations have joined with the Jaycees to make the event a huge, family-oriented Fourth of July celebration.
For Friday, June 30, the musical acts One Day, Cost of Desire, Fivefold and No Wake will perform in the event’s Epic Music Showcase. For the next day’s ’80s Night, cover bands for Poison and Guns N’ Roses are scheduled.
On Sunday, July 2, Broseph E. Lee, a six-member country music group, will open for country singer Drake White. White was named the Grammys 2017 artist of tomorrow. The Zac Brown Band nominated him for the award, and public voting catapulted him to the top spot.
“Everyone should be really excited to have Drake White, as he was nominated for a Grammy,” O’Cheltree said. “We are also excited for the ’80s cover bands, which are always fun. We really think we have put together a stellar lineup.”
Comedian Donnie Baker, who performed at National Tom Sawyer Days last year, returns Monday, July 3.
Annual events also held during the celebration include fence painting; frog jumping; tricycle races; a pet show; mud volleyball tournament; fireworks display; the selection of “Tom and Becky” for the year; and the girls-only Tomboy Sawyer contest.
The Jaycees are still working on the schedule of dates and times for those events, O’Cheltree said.
The 22nd annual Hannibal Cannibal, a 5/10/15K run and walk hosted by the Hannibal Regional Foundation during National Tom Sawyer Days, will be held July 1.
- By ASHLEY SZATALA