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Local city prepares for 43rd Folklife Festival

HANNIBAL, MO (WGEM) — Preparations are underway for the 43rd Hannibal Folklife Festival that will take place this weekend.

Organizers with the Hannibal Arts Council said there will be around a hundred exhibitors.

“We have 18 non-profit food booths, which are amazing and another 80 to 82 exhibitors doing traditional crafts and arts of the 1800s, but also with a little bit of a modern flare, because we’re in the 21st century,” said Michael Gaines, Hannibal Arts Council Executive Director.

They said an old-time medicine show will be returning after several years, along with a few new exhibits.

“We’ve invited actually two blacksmiths from Iowa and also a cooper,” said Gaines. “Which a cooper makes barrels. So, we really want to educate people on some of the fine crafts that maybe gone away or not as prevelant these days.”

The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located on north Main Street downtown Hannibal, which is already blocked off for the event.

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