Organizers excited about new location for Cache Valley Storytelling Festival

Families gathered at Elk Ridge Park to listen to professional storytellers. 

The third annual Cache Valley Storytelling Festival is opening Thursday, June 9th and continuing through Saturday, June 11th. Wayne McKay, founder and executive director of the Cache Valley Storytelling Institute, says after two successful years in North Logan the popular event has moved to Logan’s Merlin Olsen Central Park.

McKay says even more people can be accommodated at the park in Logan. It’s closer to downtown, there is plenty of accessible parking, there are dozens of large, mature trees that add to the ambiance and Fright Night will take place in a spooky atmosphere.

A singer with a rich bass-baritone voice, McKay says participants tell historic, folkloric, and personal stories through music and spoken word. He says the festival opens Thursday with a 5 p.m. Yarn Spinners Dinner followed by a free pre-show titled “Who’s Telling?”.

“A lot of people think that storytelling is the librarian who sits down with the little kids, a book and reads it to them,” says McKay. “But in reality it’s more like stand-up comedy, and live variety shows in the more timid environment than a big, huge stage.

“We have the free evening on Thursday, and then Friday and Saturday are the days that will probably be the busiest.”

McKay says when people buy tickets they can sit through one storyteller or enjoy the whole weekend. Professional storytellers from all over the country will be in attendance, including Clive Romney, Bill Lepp, Bernadette Nason, to name a few.

A special event takes place Friday night in the tunnel under 200 East. Fright Night, says McKay, features storytellers who will share some of their favorite ghost stories starting at 9:30 p.m.

For more information about the festival or to order tickets, call (435) 770-8420 or visit

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