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George West celebrates 24 years of storytelling
by By Mary Margaret Campbell Special to The Progress
Sep 17, 2012 | 1540 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GEORGE WEST –Stories of all kinds, lies, music and fun will abound in George West, the Storytelling Capital of Texas, when it hosts the 24th annual George West Storyfest Nov. 2-4.

Last year, Storyfest introduced a new event on Friday prior to the main festival on Saturday, an event dedicated to Live Oak County-born and internationally renowned folklorist J. Frank Dobie: “Dobie Dichos: Campfires, Chili con Carne, and the Words of J. Frank Dobie.”

Ten prominent Texas storytellers and authors took the stage at the historic Oakville Jail to tell stories and read from the works of Dobie. A meal of chili and pan de campo was served prior to the stories and readings.

This inaugural event was so popular, we are doing it again. Tickets for the second annual Dobie Dichos, pre-sale only, are $15 for adults, $7 under 12.

Storyfest Saturday begins with a 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Walk at 7:30 a.m.

The festival grounds activities start at 10 a.m. with the sound of the George West school band leading the famous Little Red Wagon Parade.

Individuals and groups decorate wagons and pull them by hand on the festival grounds. Storytelling and music alternate on three stages, with continuous entertainment throughout the day and into the evening.

Nationally renowned and top Texas storytellers fascinate audiences with stories ranging from folklore about Texas and around the world to home-grown tales, history and more. Cowboys tell their tales in poetry form. Ghost stories spook all ages after dark in the Dobie/West Performing Arts Theatre.

The Texas State Liar’s Contest© takes place at midafternoon. Two-time Texas State Champion Liar Donna Ingham will be on hand to defend her title.

Music throughout the day will get your toes tapping and maybe even get you out of your seat dancing.

Do some early Christmas shopping at arts and crafts booths. Eat tasty food like fajitas, burgers and funnel cakes prepared by local nonprofit groups.

Learn about the Alabama volunteers who came to Texas during the Texas Revolution to help Texas win its independence from Mexico.

Children can spend the day playing games, petting animals and having fun in the Children’s Area, as well as experiencing Danny Conner’s Reptile Adventures and the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Coastal Studies’ Wetlands on Wheels.

Car enthusiasts can vote on their favorite car on display at the Classic Car Show. Admission is free all day on Saturday.

This year’s Street Dance from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday features Gary Glenn and the 20X Band. Dance admission is $10.

On Sunday morning, enjoy Sacred Stories held at a local church.

So come to George West Nov. 2-4 and be a part of the Good Times and Great Stories at George West Storyfest. Visit www.georgeweststoryfest.org for more information and directions. For up-to-the-minute information follow us on Facebook.
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