From tall tales to spooky stories, nationally renowned storytellers will perform at West Virginia University Extension Service’s annual Storytelling Festival on Wednesday (Oct. 15) at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Weston.

The public portion of the storytelling event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall with an informal reception, light snacks and book signing. Storytelling begins at 7 p.m. and lasts until 8:30 p.m. Attendees will hear from all four storytellers. Authors are available for book signings and before and after the event.

Storytellers include award-winning authors and performers. Adam Booth is a four-time state champion liar focusing on hand-spun, family-style tales. Ilene Evans specializes in multicultural tales inspired by “Affrilachian” life and folklore. Marc Harshman is children’s author, West Virginia Poet Laureate, and storyteller. Susanna “Granny Sue” Holstein is a ballad singer, published writer and storyteller.

The cost is $5 per ticket but a $4 group sales discount is available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by calling 304-293-2694 before Oct. 12.

The storytelling event is part of an annual, two-day festival targeting children’s literacy in first through fifth grades. The public portion of the event on Wednesday evening will cater to older youths and adults instead of the younger audiences served during the school program.

The private portion of the festival is open to area schools who register in advance.

For more information, please contact Marsha Price at the WVU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program at 304-293-2694.

To learn more about WVU Jackson’s Mill, visit, or call 304-269-5100.



CONTACT: Cassie Thomas, WVU Extension Service

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