About Us

The Toe River Storytelling Festival has moved locations, and that’s no story. For thirteen years the Toe River Storytelling Festival was held in the lovely town of Spruce Pine and entertained locals and summer people alike with some of the finest storytellers around. However, Spruce Pine had other important events they would like to hold, so the picturesque town of Bakersville now plays host to the Toe River Storytelling Festival.

Now in its fifteenth year, the festival has the same high quality of storytellers to entertain, inspire, and motivate the hundreds of listeners that attend this event annually. The new location is well-suited to the cultural background of this art form. Tellers and listeners will be beneath a big tent on a beautiful, green field beside the meandering creek of Bakersville with the majestic Appalachian Mountains as a backdrop. Sitting beneath the big tent will give the listeners the feel of being with the old timers who used to sit on their back porch and share the stories that had been passed down to them from generations ago.

The board, which consists of Sherry Lovett, Dr. Daniel Barron, Karen Dobrogosz, and Kay Goins, has worked hard to bring in some of the best tellers in the nation.

The format of the festival will be consistent with years past. The Toe River Stortyelling Festival will be held on July 13 from 10 am - 4 pm with nonstop storytelling. A food vendor will be on hand for the audience to easily enjoy hotdogs, hamburgers, and a vegetarian option and get back to the storytellers. (No one wants to miss a word!)

The Toe River Storytelling Festival will continue its long-standing tradition of supporting our cultural heritage of storytelling and the new location in Bakersville is an ideal setting. For more information, contact our coordinator Sherry Lovett and visit our Facebook page.

We look forward to your visit!

Photo by Cynthia Stone


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