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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Join Us At The Annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will be held Aug. 29 - 31, 2013, at Mt. Timpanogos Park in
Orem (just north of Povo).

The festival is a great family event with something for everyone including tall tales, inspirational stories, performances, arts/crafts and other activities.

Timpanogos is a towering mountain that dominates the Utah County skyline. It offers great opportunity for adventure - the hike to the summit is one of the classic mountaineering treks in the Western U.S.

The mountain has long inspired tall tales, some of which have grown into legends in their own right. The storytelling festival grew up as an effort to preserve and promote these local legends, in an entertaining manner. Now it has expanded to include guests from around the world.

The festival website has complete info, including a schedule of events.

The festival provided the info below:

It’s story time! The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival is the premier family event of Utah Valley. We invite storytellers from around the nation and across the waters to join some of our homegrown talent and share stories under our own majestic Mount Timpanogos. Stories range from fairy tales and fables from various cultures to personal stories of growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. There are historical tellers, tall tale tellers, and youth tellers.

Between storytelling hours, younger ones love to watch the puppeteers while older festival goers enjoy making vases and cups with the potters. Everyone enjoys the food (provided by some of the valley’s finest food vendors) and the jugglers who entertain during lunch and dinner. You can also relax in the music tent and enjoy an incredible array of music. In fact, you could call us a music festival if it wasn’t for all the stories!

... Though it started out as a backyard event in a small town neighborhood in 1990, it is now the largest storytelling festival in the west and sets the standard for festivals across the nation. From that humble beginning we have grown steadily each year.

In addition to the festival, we now support the annual Timpanogos Storytelling Conference and several storytelling contests and retreats. But it doesn’t stop there. We have expanded our influence to reach children in schools and youth across the country in ways we would have never imagined 24 years ago.

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