Storybook fair returns to Elizabethton

Published 12:07 am Saturday, April 25, 2015

Come one, come all to the storybook fair.

Story*Book Fair, a local service group focused on promoting literacy, will hold a special storybook fair in Elizabethton on Saturday, May 2 from 1-5 p.m. at the Rotary Club shelter at Edward Island Park on Riverside Drive.

The theme for the event is “Herein Dwells Magic” said Wenny Elrod, one of the founders of Story*Book Fair.

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At 1 p.m., the town crier will welcome visitors to the fair and take them to the storybook maze, Elrod said. The maze takes visitors through a journey of a 15-minute storytelling session covering a wide variety of tales such as trickster stories, fables, fairy tales and how and why stories.

A showcase of featured storytellers will perform beginning at 2:15 p.m., Elrod said.

During the fair, a variety of vendors will sell crafts and books, local authors will be on hand to sign and sell their books and information about area literacy programs will be available, Elrod said.

“This is our second year having the fair in Elizabethton,” Elrod said, adding last year the event was held at Sycamore Shoals Park.

Because of the change of venue, as well as a change to the event time, Elrod said no food vendors would be at this year’s event.

“This year with it going from 1-5 p.m. and with it being downtown, we didn’t plan for food vendors,” she said. “Visitors to the fair can walk into the downtown to eat and that could help local businesses.”

While the event is open to the public, it is not free to attend.

“We ask them to bring either five non-perishable food items, five gently used books or five dollars for admission,” Elrod said, adding Story*Book Fair works with local libraries and other agencies to help distribute the books and food collected for those in need in the community. “That is kind of our way to give back to the community and allow others the chance to give back as well,” she said.

The idea for the Story*Book Fair literacy outreach began in 2010 when Elrod met Sally Jackson during a literacy and storytelling project at Johnson City’s Carver Recreation Center. The two worked together and formed Story*Book Fair as a way to help serve the community by promoting reading.