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For a sea shanty, a ghost story and songs from the world over, head to the Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival.

Held every fall at Camp Wokonda park just outside Peoria, the Chinquapin festival brings together all sorts of bards from across the country and across the seas. For four days, families get to enjoy a medley of music and a smattering of stories in a bucolic forest setting.

Bring a blanket and a picnic basket then sing along or just sit back and take in the tales.

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Visit the Illinois Storytelling Festival in Spring Grove.

Check out some of Illinois' wonderful storytellers: Maggie Brown, Linda Gorham, Momma Kemba, Shanta, Jim May and Oba William King.

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Let the music and the tales of Chris and Tom Kastle, Dan Keding, and Mama Edie Armstrong carry you to places where imagination is king and the worries of everyday life melt away at the Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival.


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Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet play the mandolin and harp at the 2002 Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival

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Storyteller Kim Petzing shares her nature tales.


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