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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • New children’s events planned for Twain on Main

  • Hannibalians are invited to join the many visitors who will be attending the Twain on Main festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, along North Main Street.
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  • Hannibalians are invited to join the many visitors who will be attending the Twain on Main festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, along North Main Street.
    The festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Historic Hannibal Marketing Council (HHMC) sponsors this annual event.
    Twain on Main is scheduled on Memorial Day weekend each year to honor of Mark Twain and his literary works. The festival provides entertainment, events, specialty vendors and food vendors.
    “We have a lot more vendors this year,” said Julie Rolson, chairperson of the Twain on Main committee. “Last year we had 85 spaces, and this year we have almost 110 spaces. … A lot of food vendors and a lot of arts and crafts vendors are coming back.
    “Boy Scout Troop 907 will help out, and we will later make a donation to them,” Rolson said.
    Entertainers will include RagTag, a group of local musicians who perform Celtic music.
    The festival will have a street magician, and people will be meeting Tom and Becky, as well as Mark Twain.
    Children will have special entertainment this year, Rolson said. “We have more for kids than ever. We have quite a few things for the kids, to get all that energy out.
    “We have a big bounce house,” in the shape of a Mizzou Tiger, she said.
    Another new event will be a pool of water at Main and Bird streets with bumper boats for young children.
    Also in the water, she added, will be a Bump N Roll. Rolson described this as a “type of water sport where adults and children are in huge balls in the water.” See the Bump N Roll website for more details.
    Financial proceeds from Twain on Main provide funding for HHMC projects such as providing flowers in the hanging baskets along Main Street, Rolson said. “We also update Christmas lights. And the money helps fund some of the festivities downtown that don’t make much money but do bring awareness” of the downtown merchants.
    For additional details about Twain on Main, contact festival coordinator Erik Spence at (573) 470-3492.
     

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