Twain on Main Offers TONS of Fun!
Twain on Main Features Special Showcase
The annual Twain on Main Festival is heading to the Wild West! This celebration of the life and works of Mark Twain, sponsored by the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council, returns to historic downtown Hannibal on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26th. This year’s festival will center around Roughing It, Mark Twain’s semi-autobiographical travelogue of his adventures in trying to make it in the Wild West of the 1860s. As Twain brought the Wild West to life in Roughing It, Twain on Main will bring to West to downtown Hannibal with a full line-up of entertainment, including strolling musicians and storytellers, demonstrations, and children’s entertainment, including bouncy houses and pony rides. “Cowboy College” will offer the opportunity to learn rope making, lassoing, yodeling and quick draw.
This year the festival will feature special guests in honor of the Bicentennial; the Osage Nation from Oklahoma will be showcasing their heritage with singers and dancers in traditional dress on Saturday at 2 PM and again on Sunday at Noon.
The showcase will take place in the main entertainment area, at the corner of Main and Center Streets and will give the audience a small glimpse of the I’Lonshka – a four-day/three-night ceremony of singing and dancing. As Gideon Goodeagle, tribe member and dancer explains, “The ceremony itself is a reenactment of going to war in ancient times. It is a very complex ceremonial society, too complex to explain at this moment. However, each year in the month of June, three weekends are designated to observe the I’Lonshka. At that time, Osages from all over the world make their way to Osage County in Oklahoma. It is a time of remembrance, celebration, perseverance, and honor.”
The Osage tribe lived in the area now known as Hannibal long before European settlers. This glimpse of tradition is a valuable addition to Hannibal’s Bicentennial.
Festival-goers are encouraged to dress in Western attire, although it is not mandatory. Costume suggestions can be found on the event website, so pull out those boots and hats! Over 100 pop-up vendors will offer everything from handicrafts to tasty treats. Already a tradition in Hannibal, this year’s Twain on Main Festival, with its special Bicentennial guests, is not to be missed! Main Street museums, stores and specialty shops will also be open for business during Twain On Main, and the party continues Saturday night with music and merriment at many downtown establishments.
A full lineup of entertainers and vendors can be found online at TwainonMain.com.