Get ready to break out your sunscreen and beach towels.Summer is here! There are plenty of fun things to do around our area in the summertime. Here is our guide to some of the major events taking place across the Tri-States.

Midsummer Arts Faire

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of Quincy's Midsummer Arts Faire, which is much more than artists and craftsmen selling their goods in the park. During the Midsummer Arts Faire there are plenty of performances. Musicians and dancers from around the region entertain the crowd. There's a terrific kids area where children can make their own art to take home. And there's food! The Midsummer Arts Faire is June 28 - 30 in Washington Park.

National Tom Sawyer Days

The "main event" for tourism in Hannibal. Thousands come to America's Hometown during National Tom Sawyer Days. Activities include the National Fence Painting Championships, Frog Jump Contest, the naming of the new Tom and Becky titles, fireworks, mud volleyball, a carnival and crafts in the park. National Tom Sawyer Days 2013 will take place July 4 - 6.

County Fairs

Pretty much every county in the area has a fair. Some are small, some are pretty large. They're all a great time. Follow this link for information on the various fairs in our area.

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Mark Twain Lake Rodeo

This year's Mark Twain Lake Rodeo will be July 4 - 6. There will be no Sunday rodeo in 2013. Rodeo events are held at the Warren G. See South Spillway Recreation Area just below Clarence Cannon Dam, and there's always a fireworks night during the Mark Twain Lake Rodeo.

Quincy Firefighters Local 63 Country Music Concert

This event had traditionally been held in the spring, but this year the Country Music Concert will be moving to June, and will take place at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Country music star Tracy Lawrence will be headlining the event, and Mt. Sterling natives Madd Hoss Jackson will open. It should be a great show to benefit a great cause. Tickets are on sale now for the Country Music Show, June 22.

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Blues in the District

Not only a great event, but a great FREE event. Blues in the District concerts will take place in Washington Park on June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23 and September 13.

Down by the River

Down by the River brings live music to downtown Hannibal on the second Friday of the month from May to September. The cost is $3 per person, and all proceeds benefit YMCA projects. This year the money being raised will go towards a brand new playground at the Hannibal YMCA.

Music Under the Stars

Music Under the Stars is an event that the community in Hannibal has come to love. 2013 is the 7th season for the series, which presents a free concert every Thursday night at 7 p.m. in front of Samuel Clemens's Boyhood Home. The 2013 season runs from May 30 to July 25.  Bring your lawn chairs, friends and family, appetite and ear for music.  Each week there will be food from a different local restaurant or not-for-profit available for purchase.

Hannibal Cannibal

Registration is underway now for the 2013 Hannibal Cannibal. This is not just any old 5K/10K/15K race. This race takes runners through downtown Hannibal, along Highway 79, and up Lover's Leap (although amany of them say that getting back down  is just as challenging as going up)! People from around the world compete in the Hannibal Cannibal. This years event is at 7 a.m. on July 6.

K of C BBQ

If Memorial Day is the "unofficial start of summer," then the K of C BBQ could almost be the unofficial end of summer (yeah, we know, Labor Day). One of the most-loved events of the year, with it's giant carnival, entertainment, food and drinks. It's the last big event in our area before kids start heading back to school. Dates/details are not yet available, but we will publish them as soon as we get them.

If we left out an event that your family really loves, be sure to let us know and we'll see if we can get some information for you. Or you can just leave the details in the comments section below.

We hope everyone has a great summer!