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Tall Prairie Tales

In the dog days of summer, step into the shade and lend you ear to the folks with the gift of gab.

Let the talented narrators at the Illinois Storytelling Festival regale you with their tales of magical fantasylands, folksy wiseacres and the wonders of everyday life.

Taking place in Spring Grove for more than 20 years, the festival brings together dozens of storytellers from around the country. In 2005 the festival was scaled back to a one-day event after years as a three-day, multi-venue extravaganza. But even under the single big-top tent, the festival offers a little bit of something for everyone.

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Visit the Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival in Peoria.

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

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Fire up your imagination as we drop by the 2001 Illinois Storytelling Festival.


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Storyteller Pat Speight shares a tale of three mysterious seals.

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Antonio Sacre regales his audience under the Big Top–style tent.

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Illinois Storytelling Festival co–founder Bill May captivates his audience.


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