Tennessee to host free storytelling festival at national park in September

Tennessee's storytelling festival has been a tradition for 30 years

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A day of stories, music and crafts is planned for the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area's "Haunting in the Hills" Storytelling Festival in September.

The event will be held at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center and Campground from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 17. The events are free.

The storytelling started out 30 years ago as a small program for local schools and has grown to a full-day festival with professional storytellers from around the world, the park said in a news release.

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Tennessee is hosting the annual storytelling festival in September.

Tennessee is hosting the annual storytelling festival in September.

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Big South Fork is located in northeastern Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky. It covers 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau and protects the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. It features scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs and natural and historic features.