The second Brew Skies Music Festival offered much-needed aid to the Meals on Wheels program at Hannibal Nutrition Center, attracting larger crowds and bringing in 50 percent more proceeds for the organization than last year.

The second Brew Skies Music Festival offered much-needed aid to the Meals on Wheels program at Hannibal Nutrition Center, attracting larger crowds and bringing in 50 percent more proceeds for the organization than last year.

The resulting proceeds of $21,277.90 went to the Hannibal Nutrition Center’s Meals on Wheels program to ensure the financial stability of the organization.

“We were in the red, and that brought us out enough to get us into the black for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018,” Catlett said. “That was a huge help to us.”

The festival blended live music with an expansive Volkswagen show and meet, craft beer tasting along with an overall experience that Hannibal Nutrition Center Director Debbie Catlett described affectionately as a “mini-Woodstock” on June 8 at Mark Twain Cave Hollow. Event organizer Jason Gregory said adding the evening festivities for 2018 offered benefits to vendors, participants, performers and visitors alike.

Catlett said she has been a close friend to Gregory since he was young. She said his energetic festival affected her personally. “I haven’t felt really good, because of fighting with my cancer coming back and everything,” she said. “It gave me so much hope.”

As the festival grows each summer, Catlett said she “wonders how big it can get,” commending Mark Twain Cave owner Linda Coleberd and Gregory for their dedication to the community and helping the Hannibal Nutrition Center. Gregory is already busy reaching out to vendors, performers and others as he plans for the 2019 Brew Skies Music Festival, set for the weekend of June 7-9.

Gregory was excited to see the growing number of festival visitors, bringing their cherished vehicles from destinations including Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois. He looks forward to expanding on the festival's success with an all-Volkswagen parade down Main Street among the highlights.

To learn more, look for Brew Skies Music Festival on Facebook or visit hannibalbrews.com.

trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com