Missouri

Twain on Main

May 29-30/HANNIBAL – See “Mark Twain” perform! A street festival celebrating Hannibal’s beloved author, full of fun, art, crafts and great food! Celebrated in Historic Downtown Hannibal! The festival will center around Mark Twain’s, Roughing It. Roughing It, originally published in 1872, is Mark Twain’s semi-autobiographical travelogue of his adventures in the Wild West of the 1860’s. This hilarious record details young Twain’s attempt to make his way in the Wild West, working as a civil servant, silver prospector, mill worker, and finally a reporter and traveling lecturer. And as Twain brought the Wild West to life in Roughing It, Twain on Main will bring to West to downtown Hannibal. Visitors may dress in western attire but are not required.  The festival and entertainment are free and great for families.

FARMINGTON COUNTRY DAYS

June 4-6/FARMINGTON – A parade will kick off the events at 6 p.m. Friday. There will be 13 bands on 3 stages, over 30 arts/craft vendors and about 30 food vendors/food trucks! It’s going to be a BLAST! Concerts are free. Other features are amusement carnival rides, a car show, a marketplace, and much more. All you can ride wrist bracelet day is Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Don’t miss the VPC Skatepark competition. For more information, call 573-756-3615.

Boat Parade

June 12/LAKE OF THE OZARKSBoaters from across the country are encouraged to come to Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks to attempt to set a new official record for the largest boat parade in the world. The Guinness World Records show the current record at 1,180 vessels set in 2014. Parade organizers at the Lake of the Ozarks are confident that they can break that record next month. The world record attempt, sponsored by Mortgage Headquarters (MHQ), is part of the Best Dam Birthday Bash, a series of events taking place this summer at the Lake of the Ozarks to celebrate Missouri’s bicentennial as well as the 90th anniversary of the completion of the Bagnell Dam and the subsequent creation of the Lake of the Ozarks. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. from the 19-mile marker of the main channel of the Lake (near Dog Days Bar and Grill) to the 26-mile marker (near Margaritaville Lake Resort). Official adjudicators from Guinness World Records will be on hand during the parade to certify the results. Parade organizers encourage those interested in participating to register early at www.BestDamBirthdayBash.com/boat-parade/. Boat parade registration closes at 12 noon on June 11.