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Storytellers will be at State Fair

August 7, 2011
Messenger News

Storytellers of the Prairie will return to the Iowa State Fair for the 10th year in a 3 p.m. program Thursday in Pioneer Hall.

Featured master storytellers will be Linda and Clayton Layman, of Rockwell City; Alan Baughman, Manson; Duane Murley, Rockwell City; Dick Layman, Des Moines; and Bev and Michael Cotter, a nationally known storyteller from Albert Lea, Minn.

Some storytellers take new material to the fair, but others, such as Clayton Layman, fall back on stories they'd told before. Layman, for example, has been requested to tell "The Wedding Ring," the story of what his grandfather went through to get his grandmother a wedding ring.

The ring, Layman said, was made from a coin his grandfather found in France during World War I. Later, he was working in a blacksmith shop and made the ring, which was supposed to be temporary. "But, she wore the ring for 66 years, and it was her prize possession," Layman said. "This is probably my favorite story, my most requested story."



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