Report from the Big River Steampunk Festival Part 2 (Sunday and Monday)

Wrapping up Saturday

Before we jump into all the awesome stuff that happened on Sunday, there are a few more goodies from Saturday to share. (If you missed Part 1, check it out here) The Scally Wags performed at both the Bluff City Theater and on the Pirates of the Mississippi Cruise with Fishbones and Scurvy on the Mark Twain Riverboat. Plenty of steamy cosplay was to be seen at the Western World event featuring the Cog is Dead with the Ragged Blade Band.

More Steam on Sunday

The Festival continued to heat up on Sunday with Molly Brown hosting the Titanic Tea at the Rialto. Out on Main Street, Professor Jefferson Parker instructed an enthusiastic crowd in Victorian dance. This Countess had the pleasure of learning these historic dances with Paul Miller near the clock tower and main stage that Paul created with the help of dedicated volunteers. Professor Parker also rode and taught thrill seekers how to ride his penny farthing cycle through the streets of Hannibal.

Sunday evening still smoldered at The Carnivale Bizarre with performers Frenchy and the Punk and their guests Carnival Epsilon at The Rialto. For those ready for another trip down the river, The Steameasy Cruise with Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers delighted festival goers on the Mark Twain Riverboat.

Steam and Séances After Sundown

On Saturday the Ooh La La! Bawdy Revue provided a little adult and variety entertainment at the Star Theater. On Sunday, more sultry performers returned for the Seduction by Gaslight Burlesque Revue at the Rialto.


Judas and Magnolia summoned the spirits during their séances in their lovely little vardo and NOLA paranormal investigated the dearly departed at Old Baptist.

Mild Monday

As Labor Day weekend wound down, hungry festival goers came to fill their bellies at the Labor Day BrunchTopia. Other folk took leisurely strolls on the Historic Homes Tour.

As attendees, vendors, and entertainers packed up their goods, a lovely sunset ended a splendidly steamy weekend in Hannibal, Missouri, USA.

Special thanks to photographers John Frey and Brandi Jaquet for their amazing visual talents. Due to the immense amount of activities and performances, not all participants could be credited. Thank you to all who attended the festival!


Victoria L. Szulc, The Countess, is a multi-media Steampunk artist/writer working on her fourth Steampunk novel, “Lafayette to London” and many other steampunk pieces. You can follow her works at

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