Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in Uncategorized

The 5th annual Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival is set for March 15th through 17th – St. Patrick’s Day weekend. 

Featured tellers for 2019 will include Bil Lepp and Andy Offutt Irwin.  Both have ‘told tall tales’ at the festival on separate occasions.  Terrell Shaw, event promoter, enthuses that the pair will join forces to have audiences “rolling in the aisles” with laughter; you might even shed a tear…

Irwin is a Georgia native noted for his colorful characters.  Lepp is known as a ‘champion liar’.  They will co-headline the festival’s Opening Night show at the Rome City Auditorium, slated for Friday, March 15th at 8 pm.  Locals can learn the art of storytelling from Irwin and Lepp during a workshop slated for the morning of Saturday, March 16th

The festival will be highlighted by the 243rd annual Big Fibbers Contest to be held at the City Auditorium that Saturday at 5 pm.  Storytellers from all over the country will compete for the Big Fibbers prize, according to Shaw. 

The Debby Brown YoungTales Storytelling Competition will be held earlier that day in the same location; this will be the culmination of a week to be full of storytelling in local schools, attests Shaw, who adds that proceeds from the festival will go towards YoungTales Storytelling Clubs. 

The 2019 festival will conclude with Sacred Tellings at Trinity On 5th, located at 416 North 5th Avenue, on Sunday, March 17th

Full-festival swatches cost $25 each.  For tickets and more information about the 5th annual Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival, visit

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