June 2022

National Tom Sawyer Days brings family fun to Hannibal

A fixture in Mark Twain’s hometown, National Tom Sawyer Days will keep smiles on the faces of its attendees as it returns to Hannibal on June 18.

From that day until July 4, activities are planned on varying days. Named for Twain’s most beloved literary character, the festival is jam-packed with activities, including a baby contest (June 18); a fence painting competition (June 25); a carnival (starting June 30); a pet show (July 1); arts and crafts for sale (July 2-4); a horseshoe tournament (July 2-3); a cornhole tournament (July 3); trike races (July 3); and a parade and talent show (July 4). The event concludes with a fireworks show at Lover’s Leap. The event includes musical performances by Creed Fisher on July 1, Gabby Barrett on July 2, and Saving Abel on July 3. National Tom Sawyer Days is sponsored each year by the Hannibal Jaycees.

For a full schedule of activities, visit www.hannibaljaycees.org.

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Mark Twain

American author Mark Twain once described himself as a “border-ruffian” from Missouri who also had Missouri morals. (Image courtesy of Facebook)