Weekend festival at Mark Twain Campground benefits Hannibal Nutrition Center

The fifth Brew Skies Music Festival is set to be the biggest event yet, with music performances set for Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, and family-friendly activities ready to fill the Mark Twain Campgrounds.

Organizer Jason Gregory said this will be the first festival with music performances both days of the weekend, and he said he is looking forward to the colorful variety of Volkswagens hailing from destinations like Wisconsin, Tulsa, Okla., and Ohio for the Vintage VW Meet-Up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Family-friendly activities will abound, including a petting zoo and the chance for children to cover a Volkswagen Beetle with finger paint. The Brew Club Home Brew Competition will attract 35 brewers with a wide range of varieties of handcrafted beers — all of the activities will combine to benefit the Hannibal Nutrition Center.

Gregory said visitors will join judges from Ballast Brewing Co. and the Mark Twain Brewing Company to determine the winner of a prize trip for two to visit partner brewer Ballast Point Brewing Co. in San Diego.

This festival will be the biggest yet, and Gregory said a unique “Brew Skies Rye Pale Ale” co-developed by the breweries will be unveiled during the event and available for distribution at Mark Twain Brewing Company.

“To have a top-ten national brewery come to Hannibal, brew this special beer and partner and align with Mark Twain Brewing Company — that was a really big thing for us to have happen this year,” he said.

The BSMF 5Krace will begin with registration at 7 a.m., with the race beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Awards will be presented at 9:30 a.m., and Saturday's music will begin at 10 a.m.

On Friday, The Mighty Pines will take the stage at 6 p.m., followed by a Tom Petty Tribute starring Sean Canan's Voodoo Players with special guests the Mighty Pines. Saturday's lineup will feature Timeless Corridor at 11 a.m., The Kay Brothers at 1:30 p.m., Aaron Kamm and the One Drops at 3:30 p.m., Chicago Farmer at 6 p.m. and The Flood Brothers at 8 p.m.

Gregory stressed that the various music performances, 50 arts and crafts vendors and eight food vendors and other festivities all combine to create “an all-ages, family-friendly event.” Friday tickets are available for $5, and advance tickets for Saturday will be offered at County Market for $10. The tickets will be $15 at the door, and visitors 12 years of age and younger receive free admission. And 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit senior services in the area, Gregory said. The 2017 festival raised $14,400 for the Hannibal Nutrition Center.

For more information about the festival, call 573-501-2036 or visit hannibalbrews.com .

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com