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Over 40 years ago, a high school journalism teacher and a carload of students heard Grand Ole Opry regular Jerry Clower spin a tale over the radio about coon hunting in Mississippi. And the teacher, Jimmy Neil Smith, had a sudden inspiration: Why not have a storytelling festival right here in northeast Tennessee?

Beginning on the first Friday in October each year, this world renowned, 3-day event celebrates storytelling at its most magical.

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National Storytelling Festival

Jonesborough, TN 37659