Stories of all kinds, lies, music, and fun will abound in George West, the Storytelling Capital of Texas, when it hosts the 23rd annual George West Storyfest November 4-6.
This year Storyfest is proud to host a new event on Friday, November 4, 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 will take 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 will be served at 6:00 PM, with the stories and readings beginning at 7 PM. Tickets, pre-sale only, are $15 for adults, $7 under 12.
Storyfest Saturday kicks off with a 5K Fun Run/Walk at 7:30. The festival grounds activities start at 10:00 AM 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 mid-afternoon. Texas State Champion Liar DeCee Cornish will be on hand to defend his 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 flint knapping and visit with soldados, Mexican soldiers of the 1800’s.
Children can spend the day playing games, petting animals, and having fun in the Children’s Area, as well as learning about percussion in the Percussion Petting Zoo and being spellbound by a magician. 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 9:00 -12:00 on Saturday night features The Pear Ratz, with Pake Rossi opening. Dance admission is $10.
On Sunday morning, First United Methodist Church is this year’s host for Sacred Stories at 9:30. Everyone is welcome to listen in.
So come to George West November 4-6 and be a part of the good times and great stories at George West Storyfest. Visit www.georgeweststoryfest.org
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