This year, the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival (January 30-31, held in Bundridge and Troy, Alabama, (pop. 2,341 and 13,935, respectively) and sponsored annually by the Brundidge Historical Society with support from Troy University, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts) can't complain.
The festival had not one, but five stories in the local news. And that doesn't include the December 29 article essentially publishing the Festival's press release.
Four featured tellers. Four feature articles the week leading up to the Festival, plus a local angle feature:
Last Saturday: Windham returns to storytelling festival
Monday: ‘The Donald’ is back by popular demand
Check out the lede for this article:
Think reporter Jaine Treadwell is a storytelling fan?
Tuesday: Lepp brings tall tales to stage
Wednesday: Deedy: Ball of storytelling energy
Thursday: Unfamiliar storyteller to become familiar after weekend
Although the lede for this article focuses on the regional teller appearing at the festival, the article manages to really emphasize the role of the 18 local musicians who will be playing at the event. Not unexpected for a small town paper to recognize its citizens in such a way.
Oh, and in a column for the paper (published last Saturday), Ms. Treadwell admits it: she's hooked on storytelling.
Small town. Southern state (with a strong history of oral culture). Reporter who's an aficionado.
You could say there's a perfect storm of contributing factors to make this festival appear to be the prime cultural event in the local news.
What can you take away from the Pike Piddlers' example for your storytelling event?