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First Storytelling Festival Weekend Comes to Close

Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, MO) , April 7, 2008

Summary:

The three-day Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival sold "well over 500" tickets and drew people from all over the country, said festival co-producer Chuck Martin, also the executive director of the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau. That number does not include the 700-plus school children who attended Friday.

The chairs have been broken down and the tents are gone, but the memories of the first-ever event are fresh.

"We loved the moose, Maynard Maynard the Moose," said Donna Sanders of Cape Girardeau. She and her 14-year-old daughter Kristyn were leaving the festival Sunday afternoon.

The storytelling brought out more than just people from Cape Girardeau. Ned and Kathy Carter drove about nine hours from Muskogee, Mich., to attend the festival. Ned belongs to a storytelling group and had been to a few daylong festivals, but said this was a new experience.

"I like this because you get not only a variety of stories, but you get a big variety of storytellers," Ned said.

Subjects Covered: storytelling festivals


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