67th annual Tom Sawyer Days now in full swing in downtown Hannibal


The state, national and over-30 fence painting untested will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. | Photo courtesy of Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The 67th annual National Tom Sawyer Days began on June 18 when the Beautiful Baby and Little Mister/Miss Hannibal pageants, sponsored by the Hannibal Jaycees, were held at Tanyard Gardens.

Mission Able fence painting, an event with invited competitors, sponsored by the Hannibal Jaycees, followed on June 25. Youth mud volleyball was held June 29-30 at the Y Men’s Pavilion and was sponsored by the Hannibal Y Men’s Club.

Following are the remaining events to celebrate through July 4.

Recurring events are:

  • June 30-July 4 — Carnival outside Tanyard Gardens, opens 5 p.m. July 1 and at noon July 2-4;
  • July 1-3 — Mud volleyball, begins at noon July 1; 7 a.m. July 2 and 3;
  • July 2-4 — Arts and crafts by Evening Kiwanis at Central Park, begins at 9 a.m. each day;
  • July 2-3 — Horseshoe tournament, begins at 9 a.m. July 2 and 11 a.m. July 3

One-time events are:

Friday, July 1

  • Pet show, sponsored by F&M Bank at Central Park, 50th anniversary celebration at 11 a.m. and registration at noon.

Saturday, July 2

  • Hannibal Cannibal. Packet pickup and registration begins at 5:30 a.m. at Tom and Huck Statue, North Street. Rolling start begins at the statue at 6:30 a.m.
  • Frog jumping by Boy Scouts at Tanyard Gardens. Registration is at 10 a.m. and event begins at noon.
  • Tomboy Sawyer, sponsored by the Missouri Business Women, at Hill Street. Registration is at 11:45 a.m. with event beginning at noon.
  • Local, pee-wee and girls fence painting, sponsored by the Hannibal Jaycees, at N. Main and Hill Street. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and painting at 2 p.m.

Saturday, July 3

  • Trike races by Evening Kiwanis at F&M Bank Broadway parking lot. Begins at noon.
  • State, national and over-30 fence painting, sponsored by the Hannibal Jaycees, at N. Main and Hill Street. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and event at 2 p.m.;
  • Cornhole tournament, sponsored by the Hannibal Jaycees, at Tanyard Gardens. Registration is at noon with the tournament beginning at 1 p.m.

July 4

  • 4th of July parade — Registration is at 8 a.m. in the Save-a-Lot parking lot. Parade begins at 10 a.m.
  • Announcement of next year’s Tom and Becky at Central Park at noon.
  • Hannibal’s Got Talent, sponsored by the Hannibal Jaycees, at Tanyard Gardens. Starts at 1 p.m.
  • 4th of July fireworks show by the Hannibal fireworks committee, at Lover’s Leap. Starts at 9:30 p.m.

Tanyard Gardens and will open at 6 p.m. each night with the following entertainment:

  • July 1 — Creed Fisher with special guests The American Standard
  • July 2 — Gabby Barrett with King Calaway
  • July 3 — Saving Abel with special guest Avenge the Fallen

For more information or tickets, visit www.hannibaljaycees.org

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