Got a story that gets bigger every time you tell it?

Then you're the man, woman or child we are looking for! Every fall, on the second Saturday of October, the Kansas Storytelling Festival hosts a Tall Tale contest to select 4 amateur tellers to vie for the traveling trophy awarded in April to the best Tall Tale at the Festival. Mark October 14, 2017 on your calendar and start refining your tale.
Click on "Special Opportunities" tab for the rules (yes, we have a few) and more info.

Save the Date!

The 25th annual Kansas Storytelling Festival will be April 27-28, 2018. You won't want to miss a single story in this celebration of some of the Festival's favorite tellers and stories!
The Uncalled For Trio, comprised of Andy Offitt Irwin, Kim Weitkamp, and Bil Lepp, will be entertaining the crowd individually and in cahoots with each other. Be prepared for laughs. We're not sure who will have more fun, but it will be worth the time to check and see.
Pippa White will be returning with her poignant and dramatic interpretations to the history around us here in the Midwest, and reminding us of the heritage and traditions that make our communities and families so individual.
Stay tuned. . . there's more!

Celebrate stories!

The Kansas Storytelling Festival opens on a Friday afternoon and closes the following evening. Within this charmed pocket of time the Kansas Storytelling Festival offers two evening concerts and many separate sessions of stories, workshops and music. There's something for everyone; Puppets and Stories for Children, Homespun Tales, Historical Portrayals, Poetry, Music, and more.

On Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, storytelling sessions are held simultaneously at different locations, all within comfortable walking distance. Stories continue almost until the evening storytelling concerts. Don't forget to visit the food court at noon and have supper with the storytellers on Friday evening.

Downs, Kansas, is called the "The Town of Many Stories," and rightly so. We tell stories. We listen to stories. We save stories. Each April since 1994 we honor stories by hosting the Kansas Storytelling Festival.

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