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Downtown Hannibal prepares for Twain on Main Festival

Downtown Hannibal is gearing up for a weekend event that organizers said could draw over 10,000 people.

Live performances, vendors, and food are all set to be there, come rain or shine, all with a western flair.

The event starts Saturday morning at 10 a.m. downtown, organizers said this year the theme for Twain on Main is Mark Twain’s ‘Roughing It’, and it aims to give attendees the experience of being in the book. They said western-themed festivals are rare in the Midwest, and they hope that in the future the western theme and attractions for all ages will supercharge attendance.

“In the cowboy college we’re gonna be able to rope a calf, and walk bow-legged, and they’ll teach you how to yodel, we have a speed-spitting contest, kids can make jump ropes out of baler twine, and they get to take it home,” said Chairperson 2019 Twain on Maine Festival Linda Studer.

Organizers said with much of the parking blocked off on the other side of the levee, the Historic Marketing Council is renting the downtown tour trolley to bus people from other areas around town to help with parking.

For more information on the event, click here.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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