FARMINGTON – There’s a world full of stories waiting at the Farmington Storytelling Festival.
Now in its 10th year, the festival is coming to the city’s community arts center on Jan. 18 from 1-3 p.m.
Audiences will have the chance to hear a host of storytellers in a series of themed rooms, participate in their own story theater, hear a professional storytelling concert, and make their own story to take home.
“We’d love to see as many people as possible,” said Karl Behling, president of the Utah Storytelling Guild and director of the festival.
In addition to Behler, other professional Utah storytellers who will be on hand for the festival include Janine Mishiguchi, Wayne Kartchner and more.
They will join student storytellers from Farmington Elementary in four themed rooms that will start right at 1 p.m. Guests can wander from room to room sampling different storytellers and story topics.
“One room will be about fog, the second will be about swords and shields, the third will focus on things with wheels, and the fourth will be the princess room,” said Behling.
At the same time, participants will also have the option of joining the story theater performance that will be happening on the main stage. During the show, storytellers will narrate several stories and invite people from the audience to act out the various parts.
“We have small props on the stage and bring kids up to act it out,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll have time to do several stories.”
And if some of the parents want to come play, there’s plenty of room.
“It’s really for anyone,” he said. “Grownups are welcome, too.”
The storytelling concert begins at 2 p.m., and will feature several of the professional storytellers.
Admission to the festival is $1 for all ages. For more information, visit farmington.utah.gov.