Photo gallery: This mud’s for you as volleyballers get down and dirty on Hannibal riverfront

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Eric Ancell tries to keep a ball in play during the first day of action in the 45th annual mud volleyball tournament on the Hannibal riverfront as part of National Tom Sawyer Days. | Samantha Carmean

Nothing says Fourth of July in Hannibal quite like mud-covered volleyball players sloshing knee-deep and diving face first into the sludge on the riverfront. The 45th annual mud volleyball tournament is under way during National Tom Sawyer Days. After two days of junior competition, the adult competition started at noon Friday. A champion will be crowned on Sunday. Samantha Carmean was on hand to capture some of the first-round action.

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