George West Storyfest: 22 Years of Stories and Fun
by Mary Margaret Campbell
George West, TX (September 21, 2010)—If you’re looking for stories of all kinds, lies, music, and fun, then George West, the Storytelling Capital of Texas, is where you want to be November 6 for the 22nd annual George West Storyfest.
Storyfest Saturday opens with the sound of the George West school band leading the famous Little Red Wagon Parade. Storytelling and music alternate on three stages, with continuous entertainment throughout the day and into the evening.
Featured this year are renowned storytellers Yvonne Healy, James Ford, and Tim Tingle, who will bring to the Storyfest stage a multiethnic mix of stories. Top Texas tellers like Donna Ingham, Mark Babino, Mary Grace Ketner, DeCee Cornish, and others will tell stories ranging from folklore about Texas and around the world to home-grown tales. Cowboys John Campbell, Dennis Gaines, and Cade Schalla will tell their tales in poetry form. And don’t forget the ghost stories after dark in the Dobie/West Performing Arts Theatre!
Be sure to attend the Texas State Liar’s Contest © at mid-afternoon. Come see if reigning Texas State Champion Liar Dennis Gaines can tell a big enough lie to hold onto the title.
The music of three-time Grammy nominee Allan Chapman, Riptide, Gil Prather, The Rossi Family, No Vacancy, Jean Schnitz,, and DescoNosido 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. Visit with 1870s Texas cowhands in their camp, with a real chuckwagon, as they prepare to point ‘em north. Learn about the contributions of town founder George West to trail driving and the cattle industry. Buffalo Soldiers will be on hand to explain their participation in taming the frontier.
Children can spend the day playing games, petting animals, and having fun in the Children’s Area. The Texas Junior Anglers will have their Catch Tank on hand for children of all ages to catch a live fish from the tank, and the folks from Noah’s Way will present four interactive animal shows, featuring a prairie dog, a bearded dragon lizard, a tortoise, a cockatoo, and more. Car enthusiasts can vote on their favorite car on display at the Classic Car Show.
Then after dark, dance on the street at the traditional Street Dance from 9:00 -12:00, featuring Texas singer-songwriter Houston Marchman, with Live Oak County favorites The Pear Ratz opening.
On Sunday morning, The Church of Christ will host Sacred Stories at 10:00. Everyone is welcome to listen in.
So come to George West November 6 and be a part of the good times and great stories at George West Storyfest.
Visit www.georgeweststoryfest.org for more information and directions.