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The Free Storytelling Festival

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Above: The newly renovated Ligonier, PA Library. Home of the first Folklore Festival in Ligonier.

More Events Coming Soon for Ligonier Residents and Visitors!

It's Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Annie Oakley, Pocahontas, The Headless Horseman, Daniel Boone and even local folklore about Bigfoot! It's what we're all about!

Photos from our first Folklore Classic at The Ligonier Library:

Above: Paisley Adams as Annie Oakley at the fest.

Above: Pecos Bill performed by Joe Russell.

Above: Parents and kids do folklore craft activites.

Above: Ursula Adams tell the story of Johnny Appleseed...note the pan for hat on the stand behind!

Above: AFI's Jesse Wallak plays folklore games with kids of all ages.

Above: Mother and daughter color Paul Bunyan pictures at the folklore festival.

Above: Arts and crafts with Annie Oakley!

Above: The story of Paul Bunyan told by St. Vincent College actor Robbie Howard. Having fun with the kids, naming them all "Elmer!"

Above: AFI's Paul Bunyan (Robbie Howard) and Annie Oakley (Paisley Adams).

Above: The kids were loving making folkelore art.

Above: Paranormal researcher Stan Gordon told the folklore of Bigfoot and is presented with a Bigfoot shirt by AFI president Joe Russell.

Above: Paisley Adams weaves the tales of Annie Oakley with spunk and personality.

Above: It was a happy and informative day of fun for all at the first American Folklore Institute storytelling festival.


For more details on The American Folklore Insistute call 724-541-8653.


Contact: Joe Russell, President (724) 541-8653
American Folklore Institute is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit


American Folklore Institute
P.O. Box 33, Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: 724-541-8653