HANNIBAL – Musical instruments from days gone by were played at several locations during the Hannibal Arts Council's 43rd Folklife Festival on Saturday and Sunday.
Two musicians also took home awards. Kirby and Lesa Carroll of Warrensburg, Mo., won Best of Show for their handmade dulcimers of Missouri Dulcimer Co. On Sunday they were describing Kirby's dulcimers to Rick and Marie Turcotte of Mascoutah, Ill.
Rick Turcotte has a recording studio and may add dulcimer music. The couple came to Hannibal Saturday for the wedding of Sebastian Sronce and Leigha Arnold, and they enjoyed the wedding reception at the Star Theater.
The dulcimers also attracted Jeff and Susan Timpe, who are considering moving from California to Hannibal, because she has been transferred to the post office in Quincy, Ill. He was interested in how to make modifications to a dulcimer.
A few blocks away, Chris Reuschel was carrying an instrument resembling a dulcimer, a strum stick bought by from Ebers Mandolins.
While Rag Tag band played old-time music, Brandon Schmitt of Payson, Ill., danced with his baby son, Finn, on his back.
As thousands meandered along Hannibal's Historic North Main Street to see the 100 artisans, food was perhaps the top attraction at the festival. Many were carrying bowls of cheese soup, bags of kettle corn and knackwurst or fish sandwiches.
The Knights of Columbus had two long lines buying fish sandwiches, and one very long line was patiently awaiting bowls of chicken and noodles served by Preceptor Zeta Phi, Beta Sigma Phi.
Pat and Connie Benson, their daughter, Kyley Adams, and her son, Waylon Adams, had enjoyed bread pudding sold by Hannibal Business Women of Mo. and were taking home caramel apples sold by Project Graduation.
By mid-afternoon Sunday several food booths were sold out, including the United Way cookie booth, where the volunteers called it an “incredible success” that they had sold 200 dozen cookies since Saturday morning.
Chicken and noodles, beer bread, and pretzels also were among foods sold out before the 4 p.m. closing on Sunday.
Each food vendor represented a local organization or church that serves Hannibalians, so the food sellers were grateful for the hungry crowd.
The Best of Food award went to pies sold by the Hannibal First Church of the Nazarene. Kelly LaForce, Tina Giles, Marcus Hudelson Jr. and Erin Hudelson were selling pecan and streusel topped apple pies on Saturday. LaForce reported they were sold out by 2 p.m. Sunday.
In addition to the Best of Show artisans' award, second and third place awards were presented.
The second place award went to 4 Hens and a Chick, a soap company owned by Cara Bowman of Hannibal. She displayed one of her favorites, mint chocolate, as she was selling lemongrass soap to Pep Pfefferkorn.
Third place for artisans went to SJ Pottery of Salesville, Ark., owned by Sue Skinner and Joseph Jostes. They were joined by friends Vincent DiPiero and Jennifer Teter of Quincy, Ill. Skinner explained Teter worked for her years ago as a college student, and they have remained friends. Now Teter is executive director of the Quincy Arts Center.
The President's Choice award was won by Jennifer Farr, owner of J Rae Pottery of Marshfield, Mo. She displayed her current favorite style, a serving bowl, handcarved with cutouts around the rim. Farr was happy to report her helper was Hannibal-LaGrange University Freshman Jeydon Jones, a cross country athlete.
Some people enjoy coming to the festival with their friends, and on Saturday two friends who live 60 miles apart had a surprise. Evelyn Deverell of Decatur, Ill., drove to meet her friend, Carolyn Joseph in Jacksonville, Ill., and when she arrived they discovered they were wearing identical blouses.
This year's entertainers included the return of Medicine Man Dan Barth of Peoria, Ill., after several years' absence from Hannibal. Barth explained he learned from a professional, Max Turhume. “I worked for him when he was retired from the movies,” Barth said. “I drove the car and carried his trunk.”
Many people at the folklife festival had two or three generations of their Hannibal families attending, using the weekend to bring family members back home. Among them was the family of young Jolee Lumpkin of Quincy, Ill., who was eating caramel apple slices as her mother, Marissa Ewert Lumpkin, explained she is from Hannibal.
Another was the family of Malina Boulware of Columbia. She was learning to makes rope at the Amish booth manned by Levi and Erica Good of Dutch Country General Store in Bloomfield, Iowa. Malina's mom is Hannibal native Verena Wilkerson Boulware. Nearby, Vickie Rickard was relaxing in an outdoor wooden glider made by the Amish group.
See photo galleries for more photos of the folklife festival.