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Hannibal businesses gear up for what could be last busy weekend of the year

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Downtown Hannibal businesses are gearing up for what could be the last busy weekend of the year. Multiple events are set to take place.

Mary Short is putting the finishing touches on her 'Living Windows' display at her store Danni Nicole's.

"All of our windows are going to come to life. Us personally at Danni Nicole's, we are going to have baby Jesus. It's a newborn. He's only seven days old so we are excited about that," said Short.

Short said 'Living Windows' brings hundreds if not thousands of people to the downtown and her store is always busy for it.

"It's going to be one our busiest weekends. We're almost at the end of the year. We have Christmas coming up. So lots of shoppers and there will be several thousand people here in town," said Short.

Officials said the annual tradition isn't the only thing bringing people to town this year. They're also hosting an attempt to break the world record for largest dessert party in one place. The street is already marked with white lines for the event.

"Just to help streamline the process and keep it efficient and keep peiple from having to wait a long time. We want people to be able to enjoy living windows, go in the shops, and support the businesses while they're downtown and not just stand in line for a cupcake," said Mckenzie Disselhorst with the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce.

Both events will cut off traffic to the downtown Saturday. Officials are hoping for over 2 thousand people to partake. They said it's the perfect way to cap off and celebrate the Bicentennial year.

"The economic impact to our businesses especially right before the end of the year, going into those possibly slower winter months depending on the type of business, it's really important," said Disselhorst.

Living windows and registration for the world record attempt both start at 5 p.m. Saturday. The attempt will take place at about 7 p.m. Officials hope to have 2,019 people for the year 2019.

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