Victorian Festival of Christmas also begins Saturday

Mark Twain's Birthday Bash at the Mark Twain Museum Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 25, will begin with a free children's party at 1 p.m. Tom and Becky will lead the games, crafts, storytelling and serving cupcakes.

The Mark Twain Museum's annual mustache contest will begin at 3 p.m. in the Museum Gallery with a $5 entry fee.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories:

• The Dapper Stache, for those full of character and artistic impression. Styling aids are acceptable and encouraged, including the use of mustache/hair wax, hair spray, hair lacquer, hair gel and styling foam.

• The Manliest Stache, which represents the most impressive of the mustaches.

• The Mark Twain Stache, which bears a striking resemblance to Samuel Clemens’ famous witty mustache, commonly referred to as the Walrus. It is bushy, and full, drooping over the mouth and also extending downward at each corner.

Another birthday party event will be the masquerade mask exhibit and contest. The entries have been received at the Museum and will be on exhibit Saturday. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m., with prizes awarded in two categories: People's Choice and Judges' Choice.

The final events will begin at 5 p.m. at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home on Hill Street, with Tom and Becky lighting the Christmas tree, in addition to live music and a Mark Twain performance.

The Historic Hannibal Marketing Council's Victorian Festival of Christmas also begins Saturday in downtown Hannibal. It will continue each Saturday through Dec. 23.

In another Nov. 25 event, many downtown merchants will offer special sales and events for Small Business Saturday.

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