Hannibal's rare March 30 snow did not keep the crowd away from the first Big River Steampunk Spring Faire, which filled the Mark Twain Brewing Co. with costumed steampunkers on March 30 and 31.

Hannibal's rare March 30 snow did not keep the crowd away from the first Big River Steampunk Spring Faire, which filled the Mark Twain Brewing Co. with costumed steampunkers on March 30 and 31.

Festivities were relocated to the brewery due to flooding at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, which is located just outside Hannibal's flood wall.

The Ragtime theme of the Spring Faire was followed by a new local barbershop quartet, the Mississippi Mud Daubers, composed of Jim Dewey, Peter Danielsons, Jeff Admussen and Corey Combs. Earlier Sunday, pianist Ned Behrensmeyer played ragtime music.

The costume contest was won by Justilien Landry of St. Louis, who also won the “gadgets and gismos” contest at the Big River Steampunk Festival in 2017.

Landry's “galactic ranger” outfit included a communication cuff with a telegraph key. His walking staff was equipped with features like a pistol, rifle and telescope.

A five-year steampunker, he enjoys creating and sharing ideas at the festivals.

Performances were presented from 10 a.m. to late afternoon both days, including fiery sword swallowing by Sally Marvel of Chicago.

Dr. Zero of St. Louis paused between his card tricks to say his specialty is quantic physics and he “plans to crack the mystery of time travel.”

Local actor Jim Dewey appeared as King Edward VII, the oldest son of Queen Victoria, as he visited with Frank Elmore of Hannibal, a soldier of fortune.

Among the booths featuring steampunk clothing and accessories was Naherin of Fort Worth, Texas, where Kathy Ludwig of the Quad Cities was looking at fancy hats. Noelle Wilshire said her grandmother is from Germany, and Naherin is German for seamstress. Wilshire shares the business with Lady Tina Wilshire and Amy Hensley.

The Craftist Boutique, featuring goat's milk soap, made its Hannibal debut.

Christina Lahn of Warrensburg selected a feather hat pin from Jennifer Coulter at Harlan's Emporium from Cedar Falls, Iowa, another Hannibal newcomer.

People of all ages were outfitted in steampunk apparel, such as young Lily Winklepleck of Colfax, Iowa, who was selecting a blouse and vest.

As director of the Faire, Ken Marks of the Hannibal History Museum said the springtime steampunk event was scheduled for the people who cannot travel to Hannibal on Labor Day weekend for the annual Big River Steampunk Festival.

“We are happy to get this turnout for a new event,” Marks said. “We have had great feedback from people.”

See photo gallery for more pictures of the Big River Steampunk Spring Faire.

bev.darr@courierpost.com