Dates & Schedule

April 28 - 29, 2017

April 28 - 29, 2017

2017 Kansas Storytelling Festival

FRIDAY EVENTS- Registration 1:00 Registration Area north of Memorial Hall

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Grand Opening, Memorial Hall
Tim Lowry - "I Wish I Had a Million Friends"
Linda Gorham - "Crazy Folks in Silly Tales"

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Memorial Hall: Brian "Fox" Ellis
"Merriwether Lewis & the Corps of Discovery"

Downs Depot: Linda Gorham
"Movin' and Groovin'"

Stuff 'n Such Bldg: Adam Miller
"The Oral Tradition & the Evolution of the Ballad"***(workshop)

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Downs Depot: Local Legends - Dr. Brewster Higley, Hiram C. Bull, Inez Lucile Marshall, and Melvin "Tubby" Millar - all come to town on the same historic day!

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Supper with the Storytellers
Senior Center (additional admission)

7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

Memorial Hall
Tall Tale Contest - Cheer on your favorite as these
contestants vie for the shovel: Allen DeBey, Keyta Kelly, Jim Lee, & Bill Poland

8:30 - 9:15 p.m.
Memorial Hall
Olio of Stories and Songs
Featured storytellers bring us a sampler to enjoy

9:15 - 10:15 p.m.
Downs Depot: Tim Lowry
"The Doctor to the Dead" Ghost Stories (not for those under 12)

SATURDAY EVENTS- Registration 8:00 a.m. Registration Area north of Memorial Hall

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast with the Storytellers
United Methodist Church
(additional admission)

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Memorial Hall: Tim Lowry
"The Potatoes Are in the Bowels & Other Stuff You Should Know from the Farmers' Almanac"

Senior Center: Adam Miller
“History as a Story Well-Told”

Downs Depot: Brian "Fox" Ellis
“Telling Family Stories"***(workshop)

Stuff 'n Such Bldg: Linda Gorham
"Families Are Like That"

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Memorial Hall: Linda Gorham
"Once Upon a Time - NOT!"

Stuff 'n Such Bldg: Adam Miller
"History Comes Alive: The Art of Non-Fiction Storytelling"

Downs Depot: The Legends: "Dr. Brewster Higley, Hiram C. Bull, Inez Lucile Marshall, & Melvin "Tubby" Millar - all come to town on the same historic day

Senior Center: Tim Lowry
"Telling the Tall Tale""***(workshop)

Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Food available at Memorial Hall & local restaurants
Quilt stories, Storyteller resources on sale at Memorial Hall
Book Sale at Carnegie Library 9am-5pm

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Memorial Hall: Adam Miller
"Tall Tales & Hard Times"

Senior Center: Linda Gorham
“Can You Tell It? Now Let's Twist It"***(workshop)

Downs Depot: Brian "Fox" Ellis
“Adventures with John James Audubon"

Stuff 'n Such Bldg: Tim Lowry
“Life on the Sweet Tea Trail”

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Memorial Hall: Master Storytellers’ Circle

Senior Center: Youth Storytelling Showcase

Downs Depot: Brian "Fox" Ellis
"Lincoln Tales Tall & True"

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Memorial Hall: Swappin' Grounds - Mike Nyhoff, Master of Ceremonies

7:00 p.m.
"Not in the Bible, But It Should Be"
underwritten by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation
Memorial Hall
Admission with Festival Button or $8.00

24th Annual Festival!

The Kansas Storytelling Festival is scheduled every year for the last full weekend in April - in 2017 that means the weekend of April 28-29 .

Please save the dates for a magical weekend of stories and hometown hospitality in Downs!

October 14, 2017
October 14, 2017

October 14, 2017

Tall Tales Contest -

At a preliminary Tall Tale Contest in October, tellers will compete to see who will move on to the Kansas Stoytelling Fesitval in the spring. Four contestants will be chosen. If you would like to be one of those infamous liars, let us know by contacting We'll help to get you started down that slippery slope!