Kearney Area Storytelling Festival

Join Us

for our 30th Year of Storytelling in the Kearney Area!
Our 2017 festival will be January 17-21!

The 30th Year festival will feature a special reunion of three previous tellers - Bil Lepp, Kim Weitkamp, and Andy Offutt Irwin - performing individually throughout the festival, along with one unforgettable performance as "The Uncalled For Trio."

See our 30th Year page for more information about this special celebration - and don’t forget to like us on Facebook! by v8.7


Welcome to the Kearney Area Storytelling Festival. You're invited to hear professional storytellers—along with area tellers—present the art of storytelling in many area venues.


The festival began in 1988 when Germelina Salumbides brought together a group of storytellers under a large tent in her backyard. In 1990, Nancy Duncan began a yearly tradition of bringing professional storytellers to central Nebraska. She scheduled a time for audiences to listen and from there the festival has grown over the years to include national tellers, opportunities for tellers to present their stories in schools, libraries, churches, and for a wide range of audiences.


The mission of the Kearney Area Storytelling Festival is to preserve, celebrate and perpetuate the art of storytelling and to nurture, develop and sustain the local community of tellers and listeners.