Big Fibbers and Young Tales

The Ridge & Valley Storytelling Guild is proud to introduce the 6th annual Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival and its educational component, the Debby Brown YoungTales Program. Our Big Fibbers Festival brings the best storytellers in the nation to Rome and draws listeners from all over the Southeast. You will hear all types of stories, from tall tales to personal narratives, both hilarious and tender. A highlight of the weekend festival is the Big Fibbers competition to determine the winner of the coveted Whopper hat. New this year, our 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place prevaricators can win cash prizes!  ($200 top teller, $150 second, and $75 third.)  Open our online All About YoungTales Booklet 


2018 YoungTales Winners

2018 YoungTales™ award winners and featured tellers L-R: Kathryn Wilson (Bronze), Sherry Norfolk (featured teller), Sara Grace Abernathy (Gold), Elan McClain (Silver), Bobby Norfolk (featured teller)

The Debby Brown YoungTales Program engages local students in hearing, telling, and creating stories. Along the way, they learn about character, setting, plot, and theme. They develop confidence and skill in speaking before a group. The program culminates with in-school performances by the national tellers who headline the Big Fibbers Festival and a youth storytelling competition during the festival weekend.

Ridge & Valley Storytelling Guild promotes storytelling because it is great entertainment. But even more important, it enables tellers and listeners to express creativity and humor, to process memorable experiences, to keep our loved ones and varied cultures alive for future generations, and to share life lessons with each other and posterity. Won’t you join us in enjoying, sharing, and promoting the art of storytelling?


How Can You Benefit From

and Support These Programs?

  • Educators, involve your schools in the Debby Brown YoungTales Program! 
  • Community organizations and businesses, become a sponsor with a donation or purchase an ad in our
    festival program. Ridge & Valley Storytelling Guild is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, so donations are taxdeductible.
  • Everyone — Attend the festival and bring your friends. You will be glad you did!

Our Other Storytelling Events

We also promote storytelling through monthly “Time to Tell” meetings at the Sara Hightower Regional Library, Story Night at Schroeder’s Deli in July, YoungTales events in the summers and Tellabration!TM in November. We welcome listeners as well as tellers and those who want to be tellers. We have one motto: Storytelling is for Everyone!

Find us on Facebook or downoad our guide for more info:  2019 Guide to the Big Fibbers Storytelling Festival
Contact person: Terrell Shaw, President | 706-346-9155 |