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Matt Ritter, 302-739-9187; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175, necia.beck@state.de.us 

National Storytelling Champion to return to state parks

DOVER (Aug.5, 2013) – Author and National Storytelling Champion, Bil Lepp has been weaving hilarious tall tales for 20 years.  He has toured the country and will appear in Delaware on Thursday, Aug. 8 at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes at 7 p.m.; at the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington on Friday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m.; Lums Pond State Park at 6:30 p.m. and finishes up his Delaware tour at Killens Pond State Park at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug 10.

Lepp made his Delaware debut in December 2007, when he regaled audiences with his colorful, expertly woven and absolutely side-splitting tales.  According to Matt Ritter, Delaware State Parks Chief of Programming, “Delawareans owe it to themselves to spend an hour or so listening to and seeing Bil.  His stories appeal to everyone, and they are just downright funny, too.”

Lepp has been a featured storyteller at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, The National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee and storytelling events from California to Pennsylvania.  He has conducted storytelling workshops at the University of Richmond and the Washington Storyteller’s Theater in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Lepp recently appeared for Comedy Central, and added Children’s Author to his list of accomplishments as well as receiving the Storytelling Circle of Excellence Award. 

His writing credits include titles such as The Armadillo Recon Unit and audio compilations such as Mayhem Dressed as an Eight Point Buck and Buck Meets the Monster Stick, co-authored with his brother, Paul.  Lepp describes his work as mostly humorous and, he claims, mostly true.  Lepp promises to brighten the mood and bring a smile to even the least amused person at any gathering.  Fellow storyteller Barbara McBride Smith describes Lepp as, “the Wonder Bra of storytelling.  He takes something small and insignificant and pushes it up into something really BIG and mighty interesting!”

Lepp’s shows at Delaware State Parks are family-friendly and free with paid park admission.  For more information, call 302-739-9191 or visit destateparks.com.  For more information about Bil Lepp, visit www.leppstorytelling.com. 

Vol. 43, No.304

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8/4/2013
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