Hannibal's fifth annual Big River Steampunk Festival officially begins Saturday, Sept. 1, with a parade at 10 a.m. and opening ceremonies on North Main street.

Hannibal's fifth annual Big River Steampunk Festival officially begins Saturday, Sept. 1, with a parade at 10 a.m. and opening ceremonies on North Main street.

It will continue with many music and additional Steampunk performances all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday on the Main Street Stage and in the Great Midway (Kiwanis Park).

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Free events include a Steampunk wedding at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Main Street Stage.

The public is invited to compete in several contests. Steampunk costume contests on Saturday and Sunday will have registration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 300 block of North Main, with the final contests at 1:30 p.m. on the Main Street stage.

On Sunday a facial hair contest will begin registration at 10 a.m., with the contest at 1 p.m.

Tea dueling is scheduled a 1 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the Main Street Stage.

Also Saturday, teapot racing will be at 3 p.m. at Airship Village on Main Street.

Nerf dueling will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday in the Great Midway.

Parasol dueling will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday in the Great Midway.

A Steampunk gadget and gizmo contest will have registration at 10 a.m. Sunday at Main Street Stage, with the winner announced at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Main Street Stage.

Ballroom dancing will be taught at 4:30 p.m. Saturday

The festival is sponsored by the Hannibal History Museum Foundation and will benefit the not-for-profit free Hannibal History Museum, which was co-founded by Ken and Lisa Marks.

Ken Marks invited the public learn more about Steampunk at free seminars on North Main Street and at premium programs.

To enter a photography contest, email photo to info@bigRiverSteampunkFestival.com. The winner will receive two all-access passes to the 2019 steampunk festival.

Marks encouraged attendees to “be part of filming as extras” on the Steampunk web series, Marley's Ghost, a YouTube series. Filming is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Airship Village.

He also described some new premium events, including Westernworld at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at the Star Theater, 215 S. Main, for $25. This is an “immersion experience with a storyline,” Marks said.

Another is Shenannigans at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bluff City Theater, 212 Broadway, for $12. “It will focus on the crowd,” Marks said. “It is “part game, part talk show involving the audience.”

Additional premium events and ticket prices include:

• Big River Fashion and Iced Tea Social, 2 p.m. Saturday, Airship Village, $20.

• Pirates of the Mississippi cruise on Mark Twain Riverboat, 9 p.m. Saturday, $28.

• Ooh, LaLa! Bawdy Revue, age 21 and over, 11 p.m. Saturday, Star Theater, 215 S. Main, $18.

• A Titanic Tea with the Unsinkable Molly Brown, 2 p.m. Sunday, the Rialto, 603 Broadway, $20.

• Carnivale Bizarre, 6:15 p.m. Sunday, the Rialto. $25.

• Steameasy Cruise, 9 p.m. Sunday, Mark Twain Riverboat, $28.

• Seduction by Gaslight, burlesque revue, 11 p.m. Sunday, the Rialto, $18.

• Labor Day Brunch Topia, 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Airship Village, $15.

• Historic Homes Tour, noon to 3 p.m. Monday, self-guided tours, maps provided, $10.

Tickets for premium events may be purchased on the website, bigriversteampunkfestival.com or at the information booth during the festival.

More than 40 vendors will sell Steampunk items at the Great Midway in Kiwanis Park.

bev.darr@courierpost.com.