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Athens Storytelling Festival moves to Athens State campus

ATHENS — Some of the nation’s most highly acclaimed storytellers will make their way to Athens for the city’s annual celebration of storytelling, tall tales, and readings.

Now in its 16th year, the Athens Storytelling Festival returns is set for Oct. 18-22 on the campus of Athens State University.

Music in the Tent starts the festival at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Slated to perform are The Dill Pickers, featuring old-timey music with tunes from the ’40s and ’50s, and legendary Birmingham-based band Three on a String.

For a sampling of what’s to come, make plans to attend the Storytelling Olio from 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 20. The Storytelling Olio brings all the tellers together for a wonderful medley of stories.

Slated to appear that weekend are author Donald Davis, National Storytelling Festival favorite Bil Lepp, highly accomplished old-time, bluegrass, and swing musician Josh Goforth and award-winning storyteller Dolores Hydock. The festivities begin 9 a.m. both days.

In addition, food vendors, local restaurants and an eclectic mix of shops offering a wide variety of antiques, gifts, gourmet foods, clothing and hardware will be open just a short walk from the festivities.

Ticket price for admission to all events (excluding school days) are $90/adult and $50/child (16 years and younger).

Tickets for any combination of events or daily admission are also available.

Click here for complete ticket pricing, a biography on each storyteller, and a schedule of events.

Tickets may also be purchased at UG White Mercantileon the square in downtown Athens.

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