Greetings from Hannibal, MO, Mark Twain's boyhood hometown, my theme for this year's AtoZ Challenge.
|Photo: Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce|
Pictured above are the finalists for the Tom and Becky contest, posing with my friend Lindell Shumake, a state representative here in Missouri. He lives with his family in Hannibal. Each summer five Tom and Becky couples are chosen. One day last summer, my daughter met one of the couples in Java Jive. She was thrilled when Becky handed her a tiny cloth bag filled with a mini chalkboard, a marble and a plastic apple.
Because of the amount of festivals, events and tourists in Hannibal, we have lots of extras. You can never have too many pairs of the famous literary sweethearts to greet our guests.
Exciting times! More festivals/events:
June - August - Hannibal Cavemen Baseball
June 19-21 Juneteenth Celebration
July 3-5 60th Annual National Tom Sawyer Days (Don't forget the fence painting contest.)
July 4- Hannibal Cannibal 10k/5k walk/run
November 30- After the Steampunk Festival and the Harvest Folklife Festival, we will be celebrating Twain's 180th birthday. There's going to be a mustache contest! And cake!
Christmas in Hannibal is a magical event with living windows in the downtown area and a Victorian Festival of Christmas.
I told you we have a ton of festivals. Now go groom your mustache and buy a present for Twain's big birthday. What's your favorite small town festival or big city event?