Storytelling festival in Story City

STORY CITY — It is time again for the storytelling festival in Story City.

On this 12th year, organizers have decided to expand what storytelling means. To reflect this, the event is being called The Story Festival and More! The festival will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The primary storyteller is Darrin Crow, but there will also be a musical, historical tellers, and a performance by Eric Hanson.

Thursday night typically includes dinner and a story, but this year there will also be an event called Dessert and a Show. With Hanson performing, the board decided to allow for a larger audience. For this reason, it will be held at the Story Theater at 6:30 p.m. To make it more affordable, the event is providing dessert during an intermission. The event will cost $10 and includes performances by Crow and special guest Tom Milligan.

On Friday night, there will be a musical performed by the Judge Story theatrical group called ”The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Admission is $15. It is a comedy surrounding six quirky competitors and three adults just as quirky running the bee. The show has been featured on Broadway, and typically involves audience participation, and comedic ad lib. Crow will be performing in the Roland-Story schools during that day.

Saturday will include a workshop by Crow at the Bertha Bartlett Library at 9:30 a.m. which is $15. Following that, there will be a Writer’s Forum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library which is free. Visitors can also enjoy listening to historic tellers throughout the downtown area.

Later Saturday, the creepies and crawlies come to life at the Fairview Lodge from 7 to 9 p.m.. with scary stories and horrifying tales. Admission is free, so don’t be afraid to stop by.