A folklife community who share God’s love through stories of salt and light

New Concord, OH


BiGFiSH FOLKLiFE is a religious non-profit organization in Appalachia with the mission:

  • To bring together artists and audiences in a cultural exchange of folklife stories.
  • To provide retreat, education, and worship opportunities for and by artists.

We define “folklife” as the everyday stories of ordinary people.
Storytelling, in its broadest sense, may include a variety of media and genre (e.g. traditional storytelling, writing, performance, visual arts, music, dance, etc.)

StoryFest 2019

StoryFest 2019 StoryFest 2019

We now have added a special benefit performance of Journey to Long Nose on Friday, August 30, at 7pm! We will also have opening act "Left Eye Lookers" joining us before the show!

Check us out on the July 23 1019 episode of Talk of the Town with Jeremy Scott!

Come join us for Story, Music, Food, Arts Fair, Farmer's Market, and so much more on September 1, 2019!

WE STILL HAVE OPEN SPACES FOR ARTISTS! If you're an artist who wants to have a booth at the Arts Fair, please contact us with this link! We would love to have you!

All events are free to the public at the New Concord Elementary School Pavilion. Look for for the Big Tent!

Keep checking-in to see updates to the schedule!

8:30am-9:30am Yoga in the Park with Leah Shirer

10am-11am Worship in the Park hosted by Bloomfield Presbyterian Church with guest Kim Weitkamp

11:30am - 7:30pm Food Trucks open (Pucky's Pit Stop, Pitabilities, and Ed-Dee's Dog Wagon)

Noon-2pm Children's Entertainment, Games, Local Music, and so much more!Noon-Early Evening Arts Fair and Farmer's Market

2pm-3pm Barefoot McCoy

3pm-6pm Storytelling/Whoppers (w/ Gary Buchanan) Contest, followed by Open Story, Song, & Spoken Word. 
  • Registration begins at Noon at the Welcome Booth OR follow this link to contact us!
  • Storytelling Contest Theme: "True Story with a Twist"
  • "Whoppers" Liar's Contest Theme: "Bad Idea"
6pm-7pm Storyteller Gary Buchanan
“The Liars contest winner, Gary Buchanan, was so hilarious, that I found myself repeating his story to family and friends, in vivid detail, as one of the highlights of my trip.” Kentucky Storytelling Association's Liars Contest

7pm-8pm National Storyteller Kim Weitkamp CHECK OUT THIS CLIP OF KIM'S STORY "Penny Candy Love"
   “If we are talking Rock ‘n Roll, Tina Turner was a national treasure; country has Dolly Parton and in the world of storytelling we have Kim Weitkamp.” Steve Perry from Highway 89- SiriusXM

8pm-9pm Musician/Singer Eli Branham with surprise guests!

WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING SPONSORSHIPS! If you would like to donate to the StoryFest, please follow this link and make a donation to the Big Fish Folklife Pass Through Fund, hosted by Muskingum County Community Foundation. Please indicate in the "Donation in honor of..." tab the memo "StoryFest."

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  • 8/20/2019 08:00 PM

Tells the story of the first best play the author watched as a girl, how it evoked an awareness of the fleeting beauty of life that is echoed by Ohio artist Nora Daniel in the oil painting Cup and Tomatoes

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  • 8/7/2019 03:19 PM

Inspiration from Fringe Theater Festival artists, featuring Kafka, The Musical

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  • 7/25/2019 04:59 PM

Inspiration from the prophet-comic Jonah, not to mention the Whale

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Upcoming Events and Performances

Friday, August 30, 2019 at 7pm

Read a review of the show by DC Metro Theatre Arts in Washington DC!

Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 from 8:30am to 9pm

Come to Create, Pray, and Share!

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"Be Still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10


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Remember How He Told You

Have you ever wondered what it was like- not knowing what comes next, or what God is doing and why? What does life with the risen Lord mean? Inspired by the New Testament Gospel of Luke, "Remember How He Told You" is a new drama of the Resurrection story from R.R. Pollock. Amidst political upheaval, five Jewish women journey to anoint the body of the crucified Yeshua (Jesus of Nazareth) for burial and uncover a mysterious, new world.


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BiGFiSH FOLKLiFE partners with the Muskngum County Community Foundation.
Please follow the link bellow to make a tax-deductible donation to support our ministry!

Big Fish Folklife Fund