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Storytelling Festival is Set for June

McCook Daily Gazette (McCook, NE) , May 13, 2005


The award winning Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival will celebrate its ninth year of stories, poetry, honoring its roots through tales of the Golden Plains in McCook, the Storytelling Capital of Nebraska, as Bil Lepp, Amanda Shires, Andy Wilkinson, and Deb Carpenter, share their stories and wisdom June 10-11.

Lepp, from West Virginia, is the Nation's Number One storyteller and humorist. The most popular show at the National Storytelling Festival, Lepp keeps standing room only audiences laughing until the tears flow.

Drs. Deborah E. and Frank J. Popper of New Jersey insulted a goodly portion of Americans with their 1987 metaphor suggesting that the Great Plains of America be returned to a "Buffalo Commons," an area of light land use controlled by the federal government.

Nine years ago, the Plains people, particularly those of Southwest Nebraska, turned the Poppers's insult into ingenuity, twisting the couple's own words into something uniquely wonderful -- "The Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival."

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