Storytellers, sharing the oral traditions of Carroll County and beyond, will be on hand during the Fair to share their stories with second and third graders from Carroll County on Sept. 17, 18 and 19. Grayson and Galax students might also attend, but that wasn’t known at press time.
The stories will take place during those three days from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., during blocks of 15 or 20 minutes, so several groups will have the opportunity to hear the stories.
Last year, there were more than 1,300 total students in the second and third grades in the Twin Counties’ schools, and it is estimated if students from all three school districts attend, there will be at least that many coming — in groups of up to 50 — for the stories this year.
Several of the area’s most renowned storytellers have already been contacted and will be showing up at some point during the storytelling events at the fair. Jerry Davis, Sally Hall, Opal Lyons, Betty Jane Surratt, Todd Jennings, Dot Adams, Evelyn Beamer, James Marshall, Clarence Marshall and Harriet Trausneck are confirmed to share their stories with the area’s children.
A handful of storytellers met with Fair Coordinator Webb Flowers at the Carroll County Extension Agency on August 12 to discuss ideas and how to coordinate.
Several storytellers asked Flowers about religious stories, using songs or other interactions, including songs, hobbies, finger plays or even reading stories to the children.
“Storytelling in general is about events that occurred in the past that were humorous or touching to some,” Flowers said. “As long as we’re in that mind, I think we’re fine.”
Bringing in area ministers to share stories on Sunday afternoon was also discussed.
If anybody else has stories to share and would like to participate, they should call Flowers at 730-3110 or Beamer at 728-2688.