If you’ve been wondering where all the storytellers have gone, look no further than the Show-Me State. The 13th Annual Mid-Missouri Storytelling Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through Saturday, April 30 with visits to 34 schools in Jefferson City and Osage and Cole counties. The festival will also include three storytelling concerts, which are free and open to the public.

Fourteen professional storytellers from across the country will participate in the festival, including Joe Wos, a cartoonist from Pittsburg who draws as he performs. The storytellers can keep students from kindergarten through eighth grade spellbound, says Taryn Prewitt, the special events coordinator for the Missouri River Regional Library, which will host the event.

“It’s amazing to watch them keep all these ages at one time interested in one story,” she says.

Prewitt started the festival after observing similar events in cities such as St. Louis. She says this year the festival will host its highest number of tellers yet.

For more information on the festival and concerts, visit mrrl.org.

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