Democrat Days in Hannibal this weekend

Posted: Feb. 25, 2013 10:15 am Updated: Mar. 18, 2013 11:15 am

Herald-Whig Senior Writer

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Democrat Days organizers say rank-and-file Democrats and a large contingent of politicians will converge again this weekend at the Hannibal Inn and Conference Center.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to speak briefly at the Saturday brunch before state Secretary of State Jason Kander brings the morning keynote address.

More big names will be in attendance at Saturday's banquet, when Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will be master of ceremonies and state Secretary of Agriculture Jon Hagler brings the keynote speech.

John Yancey, a former Democratic officeholder in Marion County, said hundreds of people turn out every year because the Hannibal event brings them face-to-face with elected officials and prospective candidates.

"Generally, the statewide elected officials are pretty generous with their time," Yancey said.

He expects 350 to 400 people for the banquet, down modestly from last year, when the presidential and state elections boosted numbers.

Yancey said the Missouri Young Democrats are holding its annual meeting as part of Democrat Days. Kale Gosney is a local resident who is vice president of the Missouri Young Democrats and the grandson of George Keller, an early Democrat Days organizer.

Friday's activities will start with an Early Bird Party, a Missouri Wine and Cheese sampling event, a fish fry and a dance.

Saturday morning a coffee, media conference and brunch will be held early in the day. The banquet will be Saturday night.