Your one-stop shop for information, photos and videos from the 2017 National Tom Sawyer Days Festival in downtown Hannibal.

A lot of fun and family entertainment are right around the corner with the Hannibal Jaycees’ upcoming 61st Annual National Tom Sawyer Days celebration, June 28-July 4 in historic downtown Hannibal.

The festivities kicked off Wednesday, June 28 with the carnival opening at Main and Lyon Streets, across from Tanyard Gardens. It will be packed with everyone’s favorite rides again this year, plus a few new ones.

The main events will begin Thursday, June 30. From the Y Men’s Club’s mud volleyball tournaments to the Kiwanis Arts & Crafts Show, the annual Tom & Becky Contest to the National Fence Painting Contest and much more, National Tom Sawyer Days is filled with events the entire family will enjoy.

The Hannibal Jaycees’ National Tom Sawyer Days, which has been listed as one of the “Top 100 Events in North America,” draws more than 100,000 visitors from all over the world each year.


National Tom Sawyer Days schedule of events


Mud Studs run the table to win junior championship

Chicken steals the show at annual Pet Show

Alton Sports Tap team continues mud volleyball tradition

5-year-old Vandalia native proves Cannibal is for all ages

Seattle resident returns home, runs in Cannibal

Hannibal’s Tomboy Sawyer winner practices with her mom

Hannibal fence painting winner determined to win championship

Motivated Mud Monstars claim revenge with championship

Dawson Behl is National Fence Painting Champion

Little Mr. and Miss Hannibal, baby show winners announced

Longtime organizer marvels at growth of mud volleyball tournament

Horseshoe tournament winners named

Singers, dancers dominate talent show

Trike, big wheel winners named

Eric Hudson, Jade Thomas named new Tom and Becky

More paint-flingin' fun: Girls', Pee Wee divisions added to fence painting

Kiwanis Club of Hannibal raffle drawing winner announced

Fireworks over the Mississippi

Hannibal frog jump winners reported


Mississippi Mud Volleyball Junior Tournament

Pet show in Hannibal Central Park

22nd annual Hannibal Cannibal

Hannibal's Tomboy Sawyer contest

100 best photos from Hannibal's Mud Volleyball tournament

Local fence painting contest action

First-ever Pee Wee fence painting contest

State competitors vie for fence painting honors

National fence painting contest action

Fast-paced action during tricycle races

Baby show, Little Mr. and Miss Hannibal contest

Hannibal's Got Talent contest

First girls' fence painting contest

National Tom Sawyer Days parade


Volunteers with Boy Scout Troop 100 set up for the Frog Jumping Contest at #NTSD 

Adorable hoppin' action at the NTSD Frog Jumping Contest

First round of local Fence Painting Contest at #NTSD

Competitors race to the fences in State Fence Painting Contest during National Tom Sawyer Days 2017

The Hannibal Jaycees Pee Wee Fence Painting Contest kicks off downtown

First heat of Pee Wee Fence Painting Contest in #Hannibal

Paint-flinging action during first Girls Fence Painting Contest at National Tom Sawyer Days

National Tom Sawyer Days Competition at National Tom Sawyer Days

22nd running of the annual Hannibal Cannibal

Championship point of the Mississippi Mud Volleyball Tournament

Naming of officials Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher

Kids warm up for Hannibal Evening Kiwanis Club Tricycle Race during National Tom Sawyer Days 2017

2017 National Tom Sawyer Days parade

Official Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher named