Hannibal to keep National Tom Sawyer Days downtown despite concern

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 11:36 a.m. CDT

HANNIBAL — National Tom Sawyer Days will stay in downtown Hannibal this year, though some downtown merchants aren't thrilled about it.

The festival scheduled for July 3-8 draws tens of thousands of people to Hannibal, the hometown of Mark Twain. Events include frog-jumping, fence-painting and even a mud volleyball tournament.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that some merchants on North Main Street have expressed concern because the festival can hurt business. Some have suggested that the Hannibal Jaycees, who organize National Tom Sawyer Days, seek to find a permanent home for the event, perhaps on flood-buyout property near downtown.

But the city council voted Tuesday to stay downtown.

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