Department of Parks
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park to Host Storytelling Festival April 17-18

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 01, 2015  
Contact Information:  Bret Smitley,

CORBIN, Ky. – The Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival is set for April 17-18 at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin.


The Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival will offer guests a weekend of unique entertainment for the entire family.


Visitors can tour the falls, hike the trails and visit with vendors all weekend. Vendors will be demonstrating and selling traditional and Kentucky-made crafts all around the park’s DuPont Lodge.


Three nationally known storytellers will share the stage as featured storytellers. They are:


Bruce Walker, whose homespun humor has been featured on NPR. Walker explains that storytelling is an art form that goes back to early humans passing on oral history around campfires.  "Humans are hardwired to be entertained by stories. I like to draw stories from everyday life; you find them everywhere,” he said.


Pam Holcomb taught high school arts and humanities, speech, oral communications, drama and mathematics for 29 years in Harlan County. A true Appalachian storyteller, it is her desire to preserve the Appalachian culture that drew her to the performing arts and developed her love of storytelling.


Stephen Hollen has been telling stories for over 35 years. He is an Appalachian storyteller, Mark Twain impersonator and full-time storytelling professional. His first experiences as a storyteller were sitting on a front porch in Clay County, listing to uncles, aunts, friends and family tell folk tales.


Also performing will be the Skip Jack Band. This band plays a wide variety of tradition-based music, including old-time string band tunes and songs, contemporary folk-based songs, and country blues.


Schedule of Events:


Friday: The weekend kicks off at 9 p.m. at the Falls area for those brave enough to venture on a “Ghost Walk.” Meet at the visitor center. Tickets will be sold at the door at each event.


Saturday: Stories begin at 9 a.m. and will run through the day.     


The cost of this event is $20 per person for the entire weekend.  For more information contact Bret Smitley at the Cumberland Falls State Resort Park at 606-528-4121.


Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin has a lodge, Riverview Restaurant, cottages, hiking trails, fishing, other recreational activities and a great view of Cumberland Falls.




The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at