The Hannibal Inn will be the scene of the 40th annual Missouri Democrat Days (Demo Days), with a full schedule of events from registration at noon today, March 4, through midnight Saturday, March 5.
Sen. Claire McCaskill will be the featured speaker at the Saturday banquet at 7 p.m.
Earlier Saturday, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan will speak at the Saturday brunch, which begins at 10 a.m.
This year’s Demo Days is dedicated to “grass root” workers, U.S.A., with Lester Peters and John Yancey serving a co-chairmen. Peters explained that it began in Hannibal 40 years ago and Democrats have come from across Missouri ever since then. “We have several pretty strong Democratic counties, and that is why we started it,” Peters said. This year “the rooms (at Hannibal Inn) are sold out, so I am expecting a good crowd.”
Today’s events will begin with an Early Bird Party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the pool area at Hannibal Inn. Entertainment at this event will be provided by the Banjo Band. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. wines and cheese will be served in the same area.
At 6:30 p.m. today a smoked pork chops dinner will be served in the Banquet Room, where Mrs. Kyle Hubbard Laack will entertain on keyboard. This will be followed by a dance from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the pool area, with music by Rock-n-Roll Revival.
Saturday’s events will begin with coffee in the pool area from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., followed by an open meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Cosmopolitan Room.
Media conferences will follow at 9 a.m. in the Buffet Room with local and state legislators. At 4 p.m. they will continue with state and national legislators.
At 10 a.m. Saturday brunch will be served with a Youth Panel as a special guest. In addition to Robin Carnahan, the brunch program includes Susan Montee, chairperson of the Missouri Democratic Party; 8th District State Rep. Tom Shively; the Rev. G. Dale Norfolk; 11th District State Rep. Ed Schieffer; Cameron Sullivan, president of Young Democrats of Missouri; Mrs. Kyle Hubbard Laack; Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster; and 10th District Circuit Judge Rachel Bringer.
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday a benefit auction will be in the pool area.
The 9th District Missouri Women’s Club will meet from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Cosmopolitan Room. The pool area will have a “Chocolate Treasures” event from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and music by The Crazy Horse Band from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (The band will play again after the banquet until midnight.)
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Missouri Federation of Women’s Democrat Club will meet in the Coral Room. The Democrat election strategy will be presented by D.H. Klassen from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Cosmopolitan Room.
Page 2 of 2 - In addition to McCaskill’s keynote address, the 7 p.m. Saturday banquet program includes several of the brunch speakers, along with Rep. Russ Carnahan; Gov. Jay Nixon; 9th District State Rep. Paul Quinn; the Rev. Wesley Foster; and Shelby County Clerk Mrs. Tracy Smith.
One event is scheduled Sunday. It will be at the New London Lions Club, where breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.