Hannibal Jaycees release Tom Sawyer Days schedule

By MIKE THOMAS
Courier-Post Sports Editor
mthomas@courierpost.com
Posted: Jun. 2, 2020 2:29 pm Updated: Jun. 2, 2020 2:39 pm

HANNIBAL | The Hannibal Jaycees have released the schedule for this year's Tom Sawyer Days, which will run from Saturday, June 27 through Saturday, July 5.

“It's time to celebrate summer and our freedom with family and friends,” said Hannibal Jaycees vice president of public relations Trisha O'Cheltree. “The variety of events offer something for everyone to enjoy. It has been a staple in our community for 65 years now.”

There will not be any fees to attend, except for the concerts and what guests choose to buy.

Tom Sawyer Days will begin on Saturday, June 27, with the Hannibal Jaycees hosting a washers tournament in Tanyard Gardens. Registration for the washers tournament will open at 10 a.m., with the tournament beginning at 11 a.m.

Theory of a Deadman was scheduled to perform on the night of June 27, but had to cancel the show since several of their band members are Canadian and the border remains closed. The Hannibal Jaycees have booked Maximus and Smells Like Nirvana as replacements for Theory of a Deadman on June 27.

After June 27, there will not be any Tom Sawyer Days activities until Wednesday, July 1, when the grand opening of the carnival will take place. Armbands will be $20.

Hannibal Jaycees board member Bobi Mathews said organizers wanted to keep all of the events going, but are taking extra precautions.

“We are working on getting hand sanitizers throughout the crowd and social distancing by marks,” Mathews said. “(There will be) extra sanitizers at the front gate and there will be extra wash stations.”

On Thursday, July 2, registration begins for the 48th annual pet show by F&M Bank, which begins at noon, and the show will start at 1 p.m. Also at noon is the start of the Youth Mud Volleyball Tournament.

Later on Thursday, the carnival will open up a 5 p.m. Superjam will open at Tanyard Gardens at 5:30 p.m.

Event organizers are expecting guests from surrounding communities and from Illinois to celebrate Tom Sawyer Days.

“I am sure there will be, like always,” O'Cheltree said. “However, everyone will be asked to follow the safety guidelines.”

Friday, July 3 has a full slate of events throughout the day. Registration for the Pee-Wee Fence Painting at N. Main and Hill St., and the Talent Show at Tanyard Gardens opens at 1 p.m. Both events will then take place at 2 p.m.

Registration for the Local and Girls Fence Painting at N. Main and Hill St. will open at 2:30 p.m., with the event beginning at 3 p.m. The Tomboy Sawyer Competition by Business Women of Missouri will begin at 4 p.m. at Cardiff Hill Overlook.

At 5 p.m. on Friday, the carnival will open and the Men's Mud Volleyball Tournament will take place at Y Men's Pavilion. The Tanyard Gardens gate will open at 6:30 p.m. for The American Standard, which will be an all-inclusive night.

On Saturday, July 4, the Hannibal Cannibal race sponsored by the Hannibal Regional Foundation and the Hannibal Regional Healthcare System will begin at 7 a.m. The Men's Mud Volleyball Tournament will also resume at 7 a.m. at the Y Men's Pavilion.

The Jaycee's Annual Fourth of July Parade will begin at 10 a.m., with the 2020 Tom and Becky announcement to take place at noon.

Saturday will also be the start of the horseshoe tournament at Ringer Park, the frog jump by Boy Scouts of America, the Jaycees cornhole tournament and the Jaycees Over 30 fence painting.

The carnival will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Tanyard Garden gates will open at 5:30 p.m., with Maskera, Big Deal and Memphis Mafia scheduled to perform. Holiday fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, July 5, the Men's Mud volleyball tournament and the horseshoe tournament will conclude. The Kiwanis Club will announce their raffle winner at Central Park at 4 p.m.

Mathews said there has been a mixture of responses regarding this year's Tom Sawyer Days event.

“Some people are excited to have something to look forward to, and are trying to get back normalcy in their lives and this kind of gives them that,” Mathews said. “Others are still concerned about the social distancing and they should know that we are doing everything we can to maintain what the state says we have to do.”

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