Talent at Twilight

Sunday, September 26, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:55 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

On select days every year, neighbors gather for a celebration of life in downtown Columbia. Dancers. Musicians. Food connoisseurs. Social activists. They’re all part of the weekly Twilight Festival — a time not just for entertainment, but for displaying talents.

These events open and close the summer with a chance for those who call this town home to share what they have to offer. And, if just for a few nights, a growing community can seem a bit smaller.


Marching Mizzou sousaphone players march down Eighth Street near the Tiger Hotel during the Sept. 16 Twilight Festival. The outdoor festival takes place every Thursday evening during June and September.


Members of the Glory Dancers

perform in a parking lot on Eighth Street during the Sept. 2 Twilight Festival.


Spectators listen to the music of local Cajun band Uncle Charlotte and the Swamp Rabbits outside Bluestem Missouri Crafts on Ninth Street during the Sept. 9 festival.


On Sept. 16, cowboys await passengers for

horse-drawn wagon rides at Courthouse Square.


The aroma of kettle corn wafts through Courthouse Square as Russ Conroy of Kansas prepares the snack for visitors to the Sept. 9 festival.

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