The Historic Hannibal Marketing Council is pleased to present the annual Twain on Main Festival in historic downtown Hannibal. Taking place Memorial Day weekend, May 27 and 28, this fun-filled festival is packed with entertainment, food, spirits, arts, crafts and more. There is something for every age to enjoy at this celebration of Hannibal’s favorite son, Mark Twain.
Festival activities will take place along North Main Street from North Street to Broadway, as well as the side streets along North Main. You will find some of the best festival food with favorites like turkey legs, funnel cake and burgers fresh off the grill. If you are looking for local flavor, you also will find downtown Hannibal’s favorite eateries, each serving its own specialty like ribs, catfish and maid-rites.
If you enjoy sampling local beers and wines, you will want to stop by the Twain on Main Wine Garden at Hill and North Main streets. You can sit in the shade and sample local spirits while listening to live music.
This year’s festival will be the largest Twain on Main to date. Space has been allotted for nearly 200 vendors, and the expectation is that all spaces will be filled. You will find something to fit everyone’s taste and budget — clothing, arts and crafts, produce, leather goods and metal works.
As is the tradition with Twain on Main, there will be three distinct areas of entertainment, each designed to celebrate a particular Twain novel — “The Prince and the Pauper,” “Roughing It” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
‘The Prince and the Pauper’
This book tells the story of a young prince in 16th century England who convinces a pauper boy to trade places with him. In keeping with this theme, you will find a large castle-shaped bouncy-house at the corner of Bird and North Main. You also will find music and dancing from the Renaissance era, sword play and costumed performers.
‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’
Hannibal’s Tom & Becky Goodwill Ambassadors will be in the garden next to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home to play games from the past and run races with the youngest festival goers. You can test your abilities and find out how skillful you are at shooting marbles and how fast you can run while encased in a gunny sack.
When you reach the corner of Center Street and North Main, you will find yourself immersed in the Old West as we bring Twain’s Western novel to life. Twain will be there to share tales of his travel by stagecoach to Nevada and his adventures there. Of course, while you are caught up in his stories, you may find yourself dodging bullets as desperados shoot it out in the middle of the street. To complete our Old West theme, the Omeyocan Dance Company will perform native dance in full costume.
The weekend promises fun and entertainment. Besides the array of food, entertainment and vendor merchandise, you will also find museums, stores and specialty shops along Main Street. Many of the downtown pubs will offer live music Friday and Saturday evenings.
Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. Opening ceremonies
All day L.A. Seuss strolling, performing
All day Castle bouncy-house, Renaissance entertainment
All day Information booth, T-shirt sales
All day Wine & beer garden with music
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Old-fashioned games, Tom & Becky
11 a.m. Mark Twain Presents, Jim Waddell
11:15 a.m. Omeyocan Company, native dance
11:15 a.m. Proposal scene, Tom & Becky
Noon Mark Twain Presents, Jim Waddell
12:15 p.m. 1880s Old West Reenactment, Southfork Regulators
12:15 p.m. Proposal scene, Tom & Becky
12:30 p.m. Mark Twain, tales from “Roughing It”
1 p.m. Mark Twain Presents, Jim Waddell
1:15 p.m. Proposal scene, Tom & Becky
1:30 p.m. Mark Twain, tales from “Roughing It”
2 p.m. Mark Twain Presents, Jim Waddell
2:15 p.m. Proposal scene, Tom & Becky
3 p.m. Mark Twain Presents, Jim Waddell
3:15 p.m. Proposal scene, Tom & Becky
5 p.m. 1880s Old West Reenactment, Southfork Regulators
2 to 5 p.m. Dixie Dads Jazz Band
2:30 p.m. Mark Twain, tales from “Roughing It”
2:45 p.m. 1880s Old West Reenactment, Southfork Regulators
3:15 a.m. Omeyocan Company, native dance
2 to 5 p.m. Dixie Dads Jazz Band
2:15 p.m. Omeyocan Company, native dance
3:15 p.m. 1880s Old West Reenactment by Southfork Regulators
3:45 p.m. Mark Twain, tales from “Roughing It”
- By DENA J. ELLIS