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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.

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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.

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Members of the Glory Dancers

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

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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.

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On Sept. 16, cowboys await passengers for

horse-drawn wagon rides at Courthouse Square.

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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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