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PIERRE, S.D. – Gather ‘round and grab a seat to hear some of the greatest tales ever told. Master storytellers from around the region gather for the Pierpont Storytelling Festival, Aug. 12-14, in Pierpont. Storytellers from across the Midwest will share their colorful yarns. The event gets underway Aug. 12 with a picnic and a dance. Visitors can learn to craft their own tales at the storytelling workshop, which is followed by a full day of storytelling. Events draw to a close with a breakfast of flapjacks and sausage and a country western concert. “People will hear stories they’ve never heard before; it will broaden their perspectives,” said Mary Hayenga with the Pierpont Storytelling Festival. “It’s a great activity for all ages, especially for families because older members may be reminded of some of their own stories, which they can then share with the younger generation. It’s a great way to get back to your roots.” Admission is charged, children 12 and under are free. Admission is valid for both days. Call (605) 298-5264 or visit for more information. The Pierpont Storytelling Festival has been designated a “Great Event” by the South Dakota Office of Tourism. The Office of Tourism provides assistance to event coordinators and supports promotional efforts for designated events in order to boost visitor spending and to increase the economic impact in host communities. The Great Events campaign is one component of the 2010 Initiative, which includes doubling visitor spending to $1.2 billion by 2010.