Celebrate the life of author Mark Twain at a fun-filled festival Saturday, Sept. 1 at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site near Stoutsville. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the Mark Twain Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the site and the public is invited to attend.

The free event will feature music, food, crafts and entertainment. Musicians Cathy Barton and Dave Para will present a range of music from lively dance tunes collected in their home region to old ballads and new songs. Impressionist Warren Brown will portray Mark Twain and entertain the audience with Twain one liners and short stories, showcasing his down-to-earth wit and wisdom.

Food and craft vendors will offer homemade specialties. A “just for kids” corner will feature various activities for children. Free tours of the historic site museum will be offered, providing the opportunity to see the cabin where Mark Twain was born as well as other exhibits about this legendary author’s life.

Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site is located off of Highway U near Florida, Mo., in Monroe County. For more information about the event, contact the historic site at 573-565-3440. For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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