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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Fiesta Del Sol is big success

  • Despite the wind and rain that Hannibal experienced at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, June 21, the Fiesta Del Sol attracted a big crowd in Central Park all afternoon and evening.
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  • Despite the wind and rain that Hannibal experienced at 4:20 p.m.  Saturday, June 21, the Fiesta Del Sol attracted a big crowd in Central Park all afternoon and evening.
    The fiesta began during the Downtown Hannibal Art Fair, located two blocks away on North Main Street. (See related article).
    Two Hannibal Home Brew Competitions were judged during the fiesta, with 24 entries. The fiesta was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hannibal.
    The Rotary Club’s prize went to Alpaca Wiz Brewing of New London.
    The People’s Choice award was won by Kent Newton of rural Hannibal. He explained he does not brew beer – he brews ale in the gruit style.
    Newton has been brewing ale for about 20 years. His historical ale is not made with hops. It is made with “botanicals and plants that have been used for centuries, even in ancient Egypt,” he said. “I researched on the Internet and have always been interested in doing other styles.” He encouraged people to learn more about gruit ales on gruitale.com.
    Lennie Rosenkrans of the Hannibal Area Home Brewers Association was on hand to invite new members to join the club, which has about 15 members. He reported details about the club’s monthly meetings are on its Facebook page.
    One special attraction was a book signing and book sale by author Ingrid  Croce, the widow of musician Jim Croce. Her book is titled “Photographs and Memories: Recipes from Croce’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar.”
    She and her husband, Jimmy Rock, came to Hannibal from San Diego, where she operates Croce’s Restaurant.
    Her Hannibal appearance resulted from meeting Rotary Club member Jason Gregory when he was living in San Diego, according to Julie Leverenz, Rotary Club president.
    During the fiesta, Amy O’Neill of Payson, Ill., helped with the book signing.er Ha
     
    Several bands played during the afternoon and evening at the fiesta, and food also was served.
    At one booth, raffle tickets were sold for a Ranger to be won in a future drawing. This raffle is by the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, where the staff explained local agencies it helps include Douglass Community Services and Hannibal Salvation Army. The staff reported each $1 donated to the food bank buys 12.5 meals or 15 pounds of food.
    Raffle tickets also will be sold at the Cavemen game on Wednesday, June 25, where people who donate two nonperishable food items will be admitted free.
     
     
     
     
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