WSU Festival to Feature Tall Tales and Stories for All Ages

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host the seventh-annual Storytelling Festival Nov. 11-13. The three-day event will be held at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center and Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd. in Ogden, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day.

 This year’s festival will feature five national storytellers making their first appearance at the WSU event, including Charlotte Blake Alston, Milbre Burch, Willy Claflin, Peter Cook and Syd Lieberman. Cook, who is a deaf poet and storyteller, uses American Sign Language, gestures and movement to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds.

 In addition, 79 student storytellers from Weber, Davis, Morgan and Ogden School Districts will perform at the festival, along with 34 local and regional storytellers. The festival is the only one in the nation sponsored by a university in conjunction with local school districts.

 Admission to all events is $30 for adults, $20 for senior citizens or students, and $10 for children.  Daytime passes are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens or students, and $3 for children.  Evening passes are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens or students, and $3 for children.
Tickets for the festival are available at the Dee Events Center Ticket Office, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by calling 626-8500 or 1-800-WSU-TIKS.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  For more information, visit

     In addition to the festival, Lieberman will make a special appearance on campus November 12 at 1 p.m. in the Stewart Library Special Collections to present his award-winning story, One Righteous Man: The Story of Raoul Wallenberg. The hour-long story recounts the true story of Wallenberg, who traveled to Hungary in 1944 to save the Jews of Budapest. Among this population was Lieberman’s great-aunt, Helen Yacobovitch. This special presentation is free to the public.

Karen Lofgreen, Storytelling Festival chairwoman
(801) 626-6628 ·

Paul Pitts, Storytelling Festival committee
(801) 626-7555 ·


John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 ·