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Postcards from Hannibal

Scenes from the Big River Steampunk Festival, held over Labor Day weekend in Missouri

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Editor’s note: Thousands took to the streets of Hannibal, Missouri for the sixth annual Big River Steampunk Festival, one of the largest steampunk gatherings in the U.S. Among them was photographer Curt Knapp, who promptly posted a photo album and sent us his impressions.

Organizers Lisa and Ken Marks, assisted by an army of volunteers, “put on an even bigger and better event this year,” he told us. The program included a parade, workshops, riverboat cruises, and two stages of live entertainment, plus Saturday night’s Crimson Ball and Fashion Show. But his favorite part of the event? “All the costumes,” he said, including the entrants in each day’s costume contest as well as the folks who just showed up in steampunk garb.

The organizers estimated this year’s attendance at about 10,000. The festival drew steampunk fans from the East and West Coasts as well as Canada. He even met a young woman from Lithuania. “She didn’t travel all the way just for the festival, but she sure was enjoying it,” he said.

His only complaint: “It’s over.”

You can relive the fun in the photo gallery below. See more photos in this Flickr album and on the Friends of Big River Steampunk Festival Facebook page.

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