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About the Chicken Festival…


River and Prairie Storyweavers offer a storyteller retreat every year. A different location is selected every two years. RAPS likes to partner with local libraries and schools to provide storytelling programs to the community. Storytellers gather to share their craft in several genres. To allow time for all to tell, stories are asked to be 8-minutes or less except for the 3-minute Story category and Longer Story category.


A fun and raucous auction raises money to help RAPS fund its goals to support the art of oral storytelling and the people who practice this art. RAPS requests that donated auction items be new or offer a service. For questions about the auction contact


Workshops are offered to help the community develop storytelling resources. Storytellers share their talents and experience to promote oral storytelling.


Storytellers and story lovers are invited to come together to enjoy stories and music. RAPS never knows who is coming and what stories and musical talents they bring. RAPS schedules time for story genres and music. 


Registration is taken at the event. The Chicken Festival registration is $30.00 for RAPS members, $55.00 for non-RAPS members and $15.00 for students. RAPS membership is $25.00. RAPS accepts cash, checks and credit cards.


Attendees may be recorded or photographed for use by River and Prairie Storyweavers.


2023 marks the 30th Annual River and Prairie Storyweavers Chicken Festival. Join us to celebrate as we wear chicken hats, wear chicken socks, dance the Chicken Dance and tell chicken stories plus others.


When:           January 13-14-15, 2023

Where:          Americas Best Value Inn and Suites

2345 E. Marvel Road, Nevada, MO 64772      


2023 River and Prairie Storyweavers 30th Annual Chicken Festival at Nevada, MO


30th Annual Chicken Festival will be held at the Americas Best Value Inn and Suites

2345 E. Marvel Road, Nevada, MO 64772      417-667-6777


Call and make your room reservation by December 31, 2022.   


Email to give us a head count for food by December 15, 2022


PAY registration at the event


Friday January 13, 2023

1:00 to 2:45 pm Workshop “Creating a Spoken Word Event” at Cottey College Theater


3:00 to 4:45 pm Workshop “Creating Tall Tales” at Cottey College Theater


7:00 to 9:00 pm Community Storytelling Concert “Ghosts and Ghoulies” at the Cottey College Theatre, 1000 W. Austin Blvd, Nevada, MO 64772.


Saturday January 14, 2023 (at the hotel)

8:00 to 9:00 am          Registration/Membership/Donations

                                    $30 for RAPS members, $55 for non-RAPS members, $15 Student

9:00 to 10:30 am        Chicken News and Chicken Stories

                                    Chicken Socks Give-away 

                                    15-minute Music

                                    15-minute Break

10:30 to 12 noon        Horsing Around and Other Animal Stories

                                    15-minute Music

                                    15-minute Break

12 noon to 12:40 pm  Lunch Delivered from Domino’s Pizza

                                    Pizza, Pasta, and Salad

12:40 to 2:30 pm        Auction

3 Minute Humorous Stories 

                                    15-minute Music/Chicken Dance

                                    15-minute Break

2:30 to 4:00 pm          Folk Tales and Fairytales

                                    15-minute Music

                                    15-minute Break

4:00 to 5:00 pm          MO-TELL Annual Membership Meeting

5:00 to 7:00 pm          Dinner on Your Own

7:00 to 8:30 pm          Stories Under Construction/Teller’s Choice

                                    15-minute Break

8:30 to 10:00 pm        Ghosts and Ghoulies/Longer Stories (up to 20 minutes)


Sunday January 15, 2023 (at the hotel)

9:00 to 11:45 am        Teller’s Choice

                                     15-minute Music

                                     15-minute Break

                                     Inspirational Stories 

                                     Let the Circle Be Unbroken


                                                            River and Prairie Storyweavers

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