The annual Twain on Main Festival is heading to the Wild West! This celebration of the life and works of Hannibal’s native son, 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 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. It 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.

Twain on Main is a free festival. Participants are encouraged to wear western gear. The line-up includes Mark Twain performances, local street music, a wine and beer garden, live performances and exhibits. Kids have lots of entertainment options too, including pony rides and a petting zoo, among other things. One hundred vendors will line Main Street on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sunday, May 26 from 10-5.

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