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The Cracker Storytelling Festival Committee will be celebrating their 25th year. We are excited to have a large number of Florida storytellers to bring you an exciting and entertaining day with your students. This event is local, fits curriculum for all grade levels and is very inexpensive. We are seeking donations from local businesses to continue the bus fee grant we started two years ago.  There will be more information regarding the grant in the fall.

We are pleased to have a large number of Florida storytellers to bring you an exciting and entertaining day with your students:

  • Hank Mattson dressed in his cowboy attire will bring back the days of cracking whips and rounding up cattle with his poetry.
  • Carrie Sue Ayvar entertains listeners with her Spanglish style and tales from many cultures.
  • “StoryMusic” with Kim Rivers and Nancy Crockford mix music and folktales.
  • Tamara Green uses vivid costumes and dramatic presentations to keep listeners on the edge of their seats.
  • Mitchell O’Rear engages audiences with his dramatic storytelling while Katie Adams weaves stories with her voice and movements.
  • Cheryl Floyd uses her heritage to weave great Cajun stories that will conjure up images and sounds unlike any other.
  • Pat Nease keeps listeners wide eyed with silly, willy, chilly stories.
  • Mark Koruschak will be joined by Judge Nelson Bailey to take us into the past with their cow camp site demonstrations and tales of the past.
  • Robin Schulte tells unique stories in a unique way that will keep you spellbound and hanging on every word
  • Frank Thomas local folk singer tells the stories of his songs while painting a picture of life In Florida.
  • Jim Mittelstadt a professor at the University of North Florida teaches classes in Curriculum and Instruction, specifically in the area of storytelling. He will delight you with his warm and humorous stories.
  • “Sing N’ Tell” with Linda Chancey and Connie Trama are from Polk County and work with the local public libraries. They have been telling tales to local schools and library groups and continue to enlighten everyone with old and new stories.
  •  Melissa Causey will entertain and delight with her stories.
  • On Saturday, Greg Rawls and Robert Smith will be bringing antique tractors for display.

The event is open to the public both days, but Friday is generally full of students and chaperones.

Storytelling is part of the curriculum for all grade levels and our tellers tell stories to all age groups.  Friday October 11th, is the day that we have set aside for the schools to come and partake in this wonderful opportunity to learn without knowing it. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact Terrie at 647-4716, 57955 or by email at terrie.sullivan@polk-fl.net

Cracker Storytelling Festival

  • Homeland Heritage Park
  • Homeland, Florida 33847
  • October 11-12, 2013
  • 9 am – 3  pm each day
  • Admission $6.00 adults $4.00 students

Antique Roadshow

Featuring Marty Higgenbotham

  • Saturday October 12, 2013
  • All submissions should be in the church by 9:45 AM
  • Mr. Higgenbotham’s will run from 10AM – 12 PM
  • More Info

Ghost Stories

  • Bartow Public Library
  • Friday October 11, 2013, 7-9 PM
  • Cost is Adult $4.00; Children $2.00
  • More Info

Whip Cracking Contest

  • Saturday October 12, 2013, 12:30 pm
  • Entry Fee $10.00; cash and trophy prizes
  • Call 863-647-4716 for information
  • More Info

Register Today!

You can register now by returning the form that is linked below to Terrie Sullivan at Library Media Services, Jim Miles PDC. We are expecting a great turn out this year so don’t delay in pre-registering.

Click here to download information letter to schools.

Click here to download teacher application.

Featuring Whip Cracking by Cameron Cato

cameron_cato2Cameron will be performing whip cracking demonstrations through out the Cracker Storytelling Festival. Check out his fancy whip work.