The bands playing at the Hannibal Rotary Club's Harvest Hootenanny on Sept. 22 and 23 entertained adults on Friday night and all day Saturday, and numerous additional events on Saturday were enjoyed by children and adults of all ages.

The bands playing at the Hannibal Rotary Club's Harvest Hootenanny on Sept. 22 and 23 entertained adults on Friday night and all day Saturday, and numerous additional events on Saturday were enjoyed by children and adults of all ages.

The heat was ignored by the huge crowd filling the Mark Twain Cave Complex for the Hootenanny on Saturday afternoon, as people challenged each other to try the grape stomp, and others were seated in tents listening to the music as they ate barbecued foods.

Earlier Saturday the crowd voted for their favorite soup in a soup-tasting contest, and Rebel Pig of Palmyra, Mo., was the winner with its homemade noodle soup.

Rotary Club President Amy Ohnemus, who also serves as fund-raising chairperson, noted this contest and the pie-eating contest were among the club's events. Caden Selle won the pie-eating contest.

Ohnemus was pleased with such a large crowd at this fifth annual Rotary Club Hootenanny because, “All the money we raise goes to community projects for Hannibal.”

She also was glad to see so many games for the children, including the quarter search in hay sponsored by the HNB Bank.

Ohnemus described the Hootenanny as, “a great event for families and kids to come out and have a good time.”

Mark Twain Cave owner Linda Coleberd said it appeared to be the largest crowd ever, adding, “Each year it just keeps getting bigger with more vendors and greater varieties of events.”

As she watched the people doing the grape stomp, Coleberd said, “After stomping grapes, your feet feel like you've had a pedicure. And we hose off your feet and legs. There's no staining.”

After doing the grape stomp, 11-year-old Jacob Layton said, “It felt good, but it felt weird.”

Earlier Saturday children did a 1K Hoot-Hoot Hustle to benefit Shine a Light on Autism, and adults did a tour de Hannibal bicycle ride.

Another Hootenanny event was the pumpkin decorating contest sponsored by the Hannibal Arts Council. (See related article).

See videos and photo gallery for more about the Hootenanny.

Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.