Danny Ebers was excited to learn the mandolins he makes had won the Best of Show award at the Hannibal Arts Council’s 37th annual Autumn Historic Folklife Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19. Ebers, of New London, Mo., was busy explaining the difference between mandolin and guitar music to Dennis and Rusty Benjamin of Fall Creek, Ill.
Tim Murphy of Hannibal, whose flint knapping won First Place among the exhibitors, travels to Arkansas to quarry his flint and crystal. He also goes to buffalo farms in Iowa for his buffalo bones.
Sam Walker, the bagpiper who led the children’s folklife parade earlier Saturday, was selecting a crystal necklace made by Murphy.
Second Place among exhibitors was won by Josh McCurdy of Hannibal, a member of the Alliance Gallery. His pottery Jack O’Lanterns looked very real. McCurdy took 30 of them to the festival Saturday and had only a few left by 4:30 p.m.
HAC President Tamra Perry selected another pottery booth for the President’s Award. This was the work of Jeanne Scott and her husband, Eric Zumwalt, of Green Castle, Mo. She makes the pottery and he makes the stands. Her favorite piece is a large “copper red” platter.
Food booths attracted long lines on Saturday, as people patiently waited for their favorites.
The Best Food award went to the cheese soup sold by the St. John’s Lutheran PTL, where Debbie Holland and Cindy Livesay were busy filling cups for the crowd.
The festival will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, giving festival-goers an opportunity to meet each of these winners, along with all the other exhibitors and entertainers.
More details about the festival will be reported in the Tuesday, Oct. 22, Hannibal Courier-Post.