National Storytelling Festival set Oct. 4-6

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The 41st National Storytelling Festival, an annual celebration of oral traditions from all over the world, will take place Oct. 4-6 in historic downtown Jonesborough.

Two pre-festival events have been organized for local fans and early arrivals. Storytelling icon Donald Davis will christen the grounds of the festival with a special evening performance on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Musicians Tim O’Brien and Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line will host an exclusive concert Oct. 3.

Nearly two dozen world-class tellers will perform, from old-time balladeers to modern humorists. The diverse range of performers will share personal stories, ancient legends, folk tales, fairy stories, and more.

Throughout the weekend, featured tellers will perform beneath circus-style tents scattered across downtown Jonesborough. Other activities include the festival’s second annual Story Slam and the Exchange Place, which showcases up-and-coming talent. Everyone is welcome to trade stories at the Swappin’ Ground, grab a snack at the food court, or enjoy a break in the beer and wine garden.

A few separate ticketed events are available throughout the weekend, including Ghost Stories 8 p.m. and Midnight Cabaret 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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