Experience an ancient tradition that lives on in modern times.


We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for an underserved audience to engage with the voices of Appalachia through hearing stories and attending workshops that will enable them to develop a cultural intelligence through the arts of listening and speaking.

Join us April 12-13, 2019 For our annual festival!

TICKETS: https://2019gmsf.eventbrite.com

SCHEDULE: click here for the schedule

LOCATION: Union County Schools Fine Arts Center, 926 Panther Overlook, Blairsville, GA

PARKING: Parking is free and plentiful around the Fine Arts Center, and we will have a shuttle circulating the parking lots throughout the festival to bring people to and from the venue. This map shows the location and number of available spots. Please note that one of the lots adjacent to the Fine Arts Center will be available for festival parking on Saturday only.

LODGING: There are many places to stay within an easy drive of the festival venue: https://www.visitblairsvillega.com/list/ql/lodging-travel-tourism-15

We recommend the Seasons Inn in Blairsville because it’s clean, comfortable, affordable, and only 5 minutes from the festival: http://www.seasons-inn.com/

Our fabulous featured tellers include:

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VOLUNTEERS: Our festival is made possible each year by an amazing group of volunteers who welcome visitors and serve as our set-up crew, emcees, door monitors, registration helpers, and marketplace salespeople. We're in need of some additional volunteers for the 2019 festival, and we'd love to have you join the team. Volunteers typically work a 2-4 hour shift and in return receive a free weekend pass to the festival, a spiffy t-shirt, a great time, and our heartfelt gratitude. If you'd like to volunteer, please send us a message through the Volunteer page on this website or email info@gamountainstoryfest.org. Thanks!


featured teller Bobby Norfolk will present a free workshop for area teachers on how to use storytelling to engage even the most apathetic learners.

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Directions to the workshop for teachers on Thursday, April 11: The workshop will be held in the multi-purpose room at Union County High School. When you turn onto Panther Drive (main HS entrance with the guard shack), come to the stop sign. Go straight through to the parking lot (it curves to the left; you are now behind the gym). Go into the doors of the main building C wing (C will be on the side of the building); there is a buzzer to push before you're let in. Once inside, turn to your left or right for the stairs (you can only go up), or take the elevator. Once you're on the second floor, go the full length of the hall, and the room is on the left, after the conference-style room (windows and conference table/chairs).  These directions are only for the Thursday workshop for teachers. All Friday and Saturday events are in the Fine Ars Center.

Email info@gamountainstoryfest.org to sign up.


Georgia Storyteller Leslie Shelley will present a free workshop for caregivers on storytelling as a source of hope, encouragement, and healing.

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Email info@gamountainstoryfest.org to sign up.