Rising river no problem for Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) – Mark Twain’s Missouri hometown is dealing with flooding — again — but the high water should have no impact on National Tom Sawyer Days.
The annual Fourth of July week event draws tens of thousands to Hannibal every year for the fence-painting contest, frog jumping and other popular events.
Hannibal has had a flood wall for 20 years that protects the downtown area. The Mississippi River is several feet above flood stage at Hannibal. It’s the third round of flooding since April.
But the Hannibal Courier-Post reports that the Hannibal Jaycees host the Tom Sawyer Days events on the dry side of the wall.
Mark Twain grew up in Hannibal and based the characters of many of his most famous works on the people he knew there.
Information from: Hannibal Courier-Post, http://www.hannibal.net
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