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25 years of stories: Tales of haunted, embellished, Southwest
by Chip Latcham
Nov 01, 2013 | 61 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Remember all those fun times when you were a child attending camp and the group leader told creepy ghost stories?

Or when you were sitting around a campfire and listening to tales of buried treasure, longhorn cattle drives and Indian fights from our Southwestern literary greats?

Well, if you have or haven’t experienced such pleasurable moments, you are in luck.

Just a half hour to our west, George West is fixin’ to celebrate its big 25th annual Storyfest, featuring “good times and great stories” Saturday on its downtown courthouse square.

The fun was actually scheduled to begin on Friday night with the third annual “Dobie Dichos” at the historic Oakville Jail Square on IH-37.

Highlighted by a night of campfire cooking, book signing and Texas authors reading from the works of master storyteller (Live Oak County born and raised) J. Frank Dobie, it sounded like an intriguing way to kick off the 2013 celebration.

However, the main attraction is saved for Saturday, as George West takes center stage as the largest storytelling festival in the Southwest.

Among the special events are the Texas State Liars’ Contest, a 5K Fun Run, Little Red Wagon Parade, cowboy poetry, ghost stories, classic car show, living history event, children’s activities and arts and crafts.

About 30 featured storytellers are returning this year, including Andy Offutt Irwin, Bil Lepp, Donna Ingham, Biscuits O’Bryan and James H. Ford Jr. Two of them, Elizabeth Ellis and Gayle Ross, were featured at the first Storyfest in 1989.

Live music on three stages under large tents will again span a variety of genres, including traditional cowboy music, country, ’50s & ’60s rock ’n’ roll, bluegrass, conjunto, gospel and more.

There will even be a laser show for the first time, beginning about 7:30 p.m. in front of the Dobie/West Performing Arts Theatre.

And all of this entertainment remains free. There is no admission charge.

The night’s schedule will conclude with a street dance featuring Texas country singer/songwriter Gary P. Nunn from 9 p.m. to midnight, with tickets costing only $10. Nunn also is a returning performer, having played there in 1996 and ’97.

So whether you want to go home with the armadillo, discover what you like about Texas or simply experience a road trip, take the family and head on over to George West.

After 25 years of hosting this festival, organizers guarantee you’ll have a great time. And we’re not telling you a story!

– Chip Latcham
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