Event Spotlight: Old Capitol Storytelling Festival

Sarina EhrgottBlog

Storytellers from throughout the region gather in the heart of Utah for a five-day festival.

Organized by Clive Romney, the Old Capitol Storytelling Festival will encourage the the art of storytelling reminiscent of the Utah Territory in the 1850s. The stories will include those of indigenous people, the prehistoric past, and contemporary concerns.

The festival will headline in Fillmore between Thursday (March 22) and Monday (March 26). Other events will be throughout the Great Basin, including Delta, Garrison, and Eksdale, Utah, as well as Baker, Nevada.

The event is sponsored by a number of groups, including our own divisions of Arts & Museums and State History.

This event is headlined by Ken Verdoia, Emmy Award-winning KUED-TV producer who has been called “Utah’s Storyteller.” He will be joined by Sam Payne, host of BYU Radio’s Apple Seed storytelling program and featured teller on the National Storytelling Network. With them will be Maurine Smith, past president of the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and Nino Reyos, Native-American storyteller and flute player.

The only paid tickets will be two performances by One Voice Children’s Choir.

Cherie Call and Lyndy Butler, John Lennon Song Contest winners, will be performing stories and songs including Cherie’s festival theme song, “I’m Still Here”, which tells the story of the Territorial Statehouse. Capping off the lineup of professional entertainers is Clive Romney, heritage storyteller/songwriter and executive director of

Many stories have been written about the event, linked below. For those looking for a last-minute spring break road trip, this could be a great option.