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07 - 09 Sep 2017

2017 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

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The Festival is Moving!

The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will now be on the Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, after Labor Day, September 7-9, at our new location—Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah (see map below).

The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival is one of the nation’s premier storytelling events. Attendees from across the United States and Canada come to hear stories from unforgettable performers in an unbelievable setting at the Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point. The new location at Thanksgiving Point will provide attendees a beautiful and convenient location for Festival events.

  • Click here for more information about the move to Thanksgiving Point.
  • Click on the tabs above for additional information including: schedules, storyteller bios, and frequently asked questions. Hotel discounts are listed on question 16 of the FAQ tab.

Check out the map below for where events will be happening at Thanksgiving Point!

(click here for larger map view).

The Festival’s featured performers are some of the best storytellers from around the world. This year’s group features award-winning entertainers who have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages including the Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, World’s Fair, British National Theatre, Barbican, and more.

The Festival is a great place for the whole family. Between storytelling performances, there is live music by some of the region’s best bands and even puppet performances for the little ones. During the day, potters are also on hand to help attendees create their own bowl or cup.

Join storytellers Charlotte Blake Alston, Catherine Conant, Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy, Josh Goforth, Michael Reno Harrell, Bil Lepp, Tim Lowry, Sam Payne, Barbara McBride-Smith, Shonaleigh, and Brenda Wong Aoki for an amazing weekend of stories, laughter, and music.

 

EVENT LOCATION

Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

3900 Garden Dr

Lehi, UT 84043

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All Days
  • All Days
  • Sep 07 2017
  • Sep 08 2017
  • Sep 09 2017
All Times
  • All Times
  • 7:00-8:00 AM
  • 8:00-9:00 AM
  • 9:00-10:00 AM
  • 10:00-11:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
  • 1:00-2:00 PM
  • 2:00-3:00 PM
  • 3:00-4:00 PM
  • 4:00-5:00 PM
  • 5:00-6:00 PM
  • 6:00-7:00 PM
  • 7:00-8:00 PM
  • 8:00-9:00 PM
  • 9:00-10:00 PM
All Locations
  • All Locations
  • Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens—Shepherd's Hill and Monet Bridge Tents
  • Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens
  • Thanksgiving Point, Electric Park
  • Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Garden Amphitheater
  • Thanksgiving Point, Show Barn
  • Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Garden Amphitheatre
All Performers
  • All Performers
  • Carmen Deedy
  • Donald Davis
  • Josh Goforth
  • Michael Reno Harrell
  • Shonaleigh
  • Tim Lowry
  • Amber Richardson
  • Barbara McBride-Smith
  • Bil Lepp
  • Brenda Wong Aoki
  • Catherine Conant
  • Charlotte Blake Alston
  • Pete Griffin
  • Rona Leventhal
  • Sam Payne
  • Stephen Gashler
All Activities
  • All Activities
  • Storytelling
  • Music
  • Workshop

ThursdaySep07

Look Who's Talking

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens—Shepherd's Hill and Monet Bridge Tents

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shepherd's Hill Tent:
Bil Lepp, Carmen Deedy, Michael Reno Harrell, Brenda Wong Aoki, Barbara McBride-Smith, Catherine Conant, Shonaleigh, Josh Goforth, Tim Lowry, Charlotte Blake Alston, Donald Davis

Monet Bridge Tent:
Donald Davis, Shonaleigh, Josh Goforth, Tim Lowry, Charlotte Blake Alston, Sam Payne, Carmen Deedy, Michael Reno Harrell, Brenda Wong Aoki, Barbara McBride-Smith, Bil Lepp

FridaySep08

Friday Daytime Events

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Spend Friday and Saturday, September 8–9, discovering featured national storytellers as they perform on five stages from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Although we may come for stories, don’t let the fun stop there. This is a festival, after all, and there are puppets, potters, jugglers, food, and live music.

Many of the region’s most talented music acts show up throughout the weekend—from blues to bluegrass and jigs to jazz, there is a little something for all listening ears.

The young ones will want to flock to the puppet stage, and everyone is welcome to learn from professional potters on real pottery wheels. The food is fresh and there are lots of options to satisfy any hunger.

Bedtime Stories

Thanksgiving Point, Electric Park

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Charlotte Blake Alston, Wesley Reeves*, Sam Payne, Nathan Moir*, Barbara McBride-Smith

My Favorite Stories

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Garden Amphitheater

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Donald Davis, Catherine Conant, Carmen Deedy, Josh Goforth, Bil Lepp

Shivers in the Night (Ghost Stories)

Thanksgiving Point, Show Barn

9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Michael Reno Harrell, Brenda Wong Aoki, Tim Lowry, Shonaleigh

SaturdaySep09

Saturday Daytime Events

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Gardens

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Spend Friday and Saturday, September 8–9, discovering featured national storytellers as they perform on five stages from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Although we may come for stories, don’t let the fun stop there. This is a festival, after all, and there are puppets, potters, jugglers, food, and live music.

Many of the region’s most talented music acts show up throughout the weekend—from blues to bluegrass and jigs to jazz, there is a little something for all listening ears.

The young ones will want to flock to the puppet stage, and everyone is welcome to learn from professional potters on real pottery wheels. The food is fresh and there are lots of options to satisfy any hunger.

Laughin' Night Garden Amphitheatre

Thanksgiving Point, Ashton Garden Amphitheatre

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Bil Lepp, Carmen Deedy, Michael Reno Harrell, Brenda Wong Aoki, Barbara McBride-Smith, Catherine Conant, Shonaleigh, Josh Goforth, Tim Lowry, Charlotte Blake Alston, Donald Davis

Laughin' Night Electric Park

Thanksgiving Point, Electric Park

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Donald Davis, Shonaleigh, Josh Goforth, Tim Lowry, Charlotte Blake Alston, Sam Payne, Carmen Deedy, Michael Reno Harrell, Brenda Wong Aoki, Barbara McBride-Smith, Bil Lepp

Charlotte Blake Alston

With talents as varied as the symphony orchestras with which she often performs, Charlotte Blake Alston is unique in the cultural abundance with which she augments her tales. Stitched together with brilliance and texture, Charlotte tells stories guaranteed to color your world-view with vivid impressions of people and vistas you have never imagined. Often accompanied by music, Charlotte opens your eyes and heart to a new way of experiencing the world around you. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the Zora Neale Hurston Award from the National Association of Black Storytellers and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association. Charlotte, with her breadth of experience and skills, her generosity of spirit, and her dignity of character, is gratefully welcomed back to Timpanogos.

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Brenda Wong Aoki

“Storytelling is the coming together of everybody, the first art,” Aoki says. “It’s what shamans did, connecting heaven and Earth, and weaving the collective unconscious into a community.” Combining numerous elements of art into a communicative whole is Brenda Wong Aoki’s gift. Swirling Japanese Noh and Kyogen theater with contemporary stories, adding a healthy helping of commedia dell’arte, and finishing off with American Jazz and modern dance, Aoki serves a sumptuous banquet of storytelling to her audiences. Listening to Brenda is an indulgent and rewarding experience not to be missed.

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Catherine Conant

Catherine Conant grew up in a large Italian family living in industrial New Jersey where stories were the currency of everyday life. She stitched together what she heard, and her imagination, to create powerful and entertaining stories about her world living in the shadow of the New Jersey Turnpike. For more than 25 years she has worked with individuals, groups and organizations seeking to develop original stories for personal and community development. Skilled at using positive humor as a potent tool Catherine helps others create stories that can be both funny and poignant. She was the founding producer of the only outdoor storytelling event in Connecticut, the Doggone Storytelling Festival. For more than a decade she has been an experienced facilitator leading story development retreats for members of nonprofit and other organizations. As a consultant working with Dr. William Graustein, senior trustee of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, Catherine has a significant role in promoting his vision of storytelling as a dynamic force for strong community life in New Haven, CT. Some of the diverse groups with whom she has worked are; Project Longevity in New Haven, CT, Yale University Summer Intern program and the Clifford Beers Clinic. She has appeared at colleges, festivals and other settings, including The Moth, the Manhattan venue for ‘urban storytelling’, the Connecticut Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Festival. Catherine has produced two award winning CD’s of original stories and her essays appear in more than a dozen publications. A mother and grandmother, when she’s not listening to or sharing stories she can be found in her garden or searching flea markets for hidden treasures. Catherine@catherineconant.com

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Donald Davis

If Elvis was the King of Rock and Roll and Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, storytelling’s reigning monarch would have to be Donald Davis. As a master of the personal story, Donald Davis invites you into the stories of his life to discover the stories of your own. A Sequoia in the forest of tellers, Donald’s North Carolina cadences transport you into a miraculous place where, by listening to his stories, you find yourself. Though laced together with wit and laughter, Donald’s narratives always glow with wisdom and humanity. Truly, he is an essential part of the very foundation of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

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Carmen Deedy

No one plays with an audience like Carmen Deedy. Regardless of the number of people in the venue, Carmen shares every story from her heart to your heart, individually and personally. She possesses the unique gift of not only speaking to all people, but to each person, simultaneously. She once said, “Great story is the art of letting go.” But even as she ‘lets go,’ Carmen will hold your heart in the palm of her hand. She has been an invited speaker at venues as varied as The American Library Association, Refugees International, The International Reading Association, Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institute, TED, the National Book Festival, and the Kennedy Center, but her favorite audience is her grandchildren, for whom she also loves to cook—a true abuela cubana.

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Josh Goforth

The Jack tales of the Appalachian Mountains painted the background for Josh Goforth’s childhood. His musical ability is as natural to him as green on grass, but it took carefully honed skills and hours of practice to develop that talent into the brilliant performer you’ll see here. Add to toe-tapping music his carefully crafted and casually delivered tales, and you have an engaging experience unique in the world of storytelling.

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Michael Reno Harrell

Drawing on a lifetime of varied and colorful experiences and peopled with genuine characters from all walks of life, Michael carries his Southern Appalachian youth with him as he wanders deliberately across this country and many others. With the intrinsic authenticity of a genuine balladeer, Harrell weaves the threads of his observations and experiences into a cozy afghan of tales, highlighted with wicked wit and poignant reflections.

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Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp is a study in contrasts. A thoroughly honest man, he is a five-time champion liar. Behind that “yup, yup, yup” persona is an absolutely brilliant mind--so smart he’s scary, but really funny too—kind of like a cross between Neil deGrasse Tyson and Robin Williams. An accomplished author, Bil Lepp’s books cover topics from parenting to very little things. As carefully architected as The Eiffel Tower, Bil’s stories often start out plausible, then quickly morph into the outrageous and fantastic. On occasion, he is completely serious and you can follow him into stories of the courage and honor of ordinary folks. But beware—Bil’s wit will hit and you will never see it coming!

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Tim Lowry

Tim is a human time machine who makes history happen in your hands and collapses hours into moments of magic. It is a pleasure and a joy to be swept along into one of his narratives and an instant later you realize an hour has passed. With careful and deliberate, but nearly invisible crafting, Tim’s “off-the-cuff” stories flow as luxuriously as melted chocolate and are just as delicious. A Festival favorite, Tim ranks among the top tellers on the audience’s “must-hear” list.

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Barbara McBride-Smith

Barbara McBride Smith’s life tapestry sparkles with more variety than Grandma’s button box. From Texas to Boston, Massachusetts, from the New Jersey shore, through Oklahoma, and back to Texas again, she has picked up wit, wonder, and wisdom from the most unlikely places and strings those gems of life together into a diadem of diversity. A bonafide wordsmith whose wicked wit is underscored by serious research and scholastic excellence, Barbara brings a stellar reputation for performance quality to the stage. After listening to Barbara’s interpretation of Greek myths, Bible stories, or life in general, you will want to slap your knee and shout, “What a woman!”

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Sam Payne

With mesmerizing melodies to envelop his touching tales, Sam Payne tells stories with songs and sings songs with stories, interweaving the two so seamlessly that there is no need to differentiate. An author, a songwriter, a teller, and a teacher, Sam blends all four disciplines together and creates a unique form of entertainment all his own. While you can catch Sam Monday through Friday at 2 pm Eastern on Sirius XM Radio, you don’t want to miss a chance to hear him live and in person.

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Shonaleigh

With keen intellect and wry British humor, Shonaleigh tells tales as full of wonder as the face of a five-year-old at the circus and as wise as a Jewish bubbe (grandmother). Combining English wit and Jewish wisdom, Shonaleigh creates a storytelling genre of her own styling. Simultaneously unique and cozily familiar, she embroiders a tale as nimbly as a faerie queen and dances her way around your imagination as skillfully as braiding a challah. Her repertoire of tales is uncommonly vast, numbering over three thousand stories gathered from around the globe and ready at a moment’s notice to fill your mind with marvels.

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Puppeteers

 

Youth Tellers

 

NYSS Tellers

Conference & Festival FAQs 

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Event Locations

Ashton Gardens & Garden Amphitheater, Thanksgiving Point
3900 Garden Dr, Lehi, UT 84043

Electric Park & Show Barn, Thanksgiving Point
3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT 84043
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1. Can I attend both the Conference and the Festival?

Yes, if choosing a weekend family pass click the dropdown option to add a conference pass to your purchase.

Or if you are purchasing a single weekend pass (adult, student, or senior) please choose the
ADULT COMBO–Conference & Festival Weekend Pass–2017. This Combo pass is cheaper than purchasing a Conference and Festival pass separately. If you are interested, don’t forget to add a
Conference Lunch 2017  (available soon) to your purchase.

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2. What does the Festival Weekend Pass include? 

You can choose Festival weekend passes for either, family (up to 6 people),
adults, children (ages 12 and under), students (with ID), or seniors (65+). 

The weekend pass includes both Friday & Saturday daytime events and the following evening events:

Look Who’s Talking—Thursday, 7 PM

Bedtime Stories—Friday, 6:30 PM
My Favorite Stories—Friday, 8 PM 

Shivers in the Night (ghost stories)—Friday, 9 PM

Laughin’ Night at Electric Park—Saturday, 8 PM or

Laughin’ Night at Garden Amphitheater —Saturday, 8 PM

The weekend pass is specific to your choice for Saturday’s Laughin’ Night event
(due to popularity, locations must be selected upon purchase and cannot be changed).
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3. Which Laughin’ Night location should I choose?

Laughin’ Night performances will happen at the The Garden Amphitheater and The Electric Park Pavilion.

Both venues have amazing lineups. Click on the schedule tab to see who is performing at each event venue.

However, there are some things to keep in mind:

1. The distance from the Ashton Gardens to the Electric Park Pavilion is 1.9 miles driving is recommended (shuttles are not provided between these venues).

2. There are also some seating differences between both locations. Please read the description below to find the venue that best meets your needs.

The Garden Amphitheater:
(My Favorite Stories on Friday & Laughin’ Night on Saturday)

The Garden Amphitheater is split into different sections: a blanket area, a low back chair area (no taller than 30 inches), and a high back chair area. Each section will have a designated area that will be clearly marked (see picture below). If attendees are interested in having a chair for the performance, they need to bring their own and sit in the appropriate area. There will also be designated areas for wheelchair seating along the rim of the amphitheater.

The Electric Park Pavilion:
The Electric Park Pavilion will have chairs set up for all attendees.
There is also a designated area for wheelchair seating close to the stage.

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4. Where do I park for each event? 

In contrast to previous years, guests can park at the Festival. Guests will be directed to designated parking areas as they arrive at the Ashton Gardens.

For evening events at The Electric Park Pavilion and The Show Barn, you may park in any available parking stalls near the venues.

Parking in unmarked areas or on the street is not permitted. Carpooling is strongly recommended to help alleviate traffic congestion.

 

Thanksgiving Point Trolley/Shuttle

The Thanksgiving Point Trolley will run from the Museum of Natural Curiosity to the Garden Visitor Center from 9:30 am-6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

 

Additional Evening Entrance

Starting at 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, attendees can enter the Ashton Gardens through a second entrance located near the Museum of Natural Curiosity.

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5. Are the events handicap accessible? 

Disabled parking is available at the front of the Garden Visitor Center (a valid disability parking permit is required.) Disabled parking areas are also available at both The Electric Park Pavilion and The Show Barn.

Paths to the Gardens can accommodate wheelchairs, but wheelchairs and other conveyances are not available for rent through Thanksgiving Point.

Volunteers will be available with golf carts to help patrons who need assistance to navigate the Ashton Gardens.

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6. What time do gates open for each event?

Thursday, September 7: 

Registration for the Conference begins at 8:30 am.

Gates open for Look Who’s Talking at 5:00 pm. (Live music begins at 6:00 pm.)

Friday, September 8:

Gates open for daytime events at 9:00 am. (Live music and puppetry performances begin at 9:30 am. Storytelling in the tents begins at 10:00 am.)

The line for My Favorite Stories at the Garden Amphitheater starts to form at 5:00 pm.
Amphitheater seating opens at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 7:00 pm with storytelling beginning at 8:00 pm.)

Gates open for Bedtime Stories at The Electric Park Pavilion at 5:30 pm. (A preshow performance starts at 5:45 pm with storytelling beginning at 6:30 pm.)

Gates open for Shivers in the Night at The Show Barn at 8:30 pm with storytelling beginning at 9:00 pm.

Saturday, September 9:

Gates open for daytime events at 9:00 am. (Live music and puppetry performances begin at 9:30 am. Storytelling in the tents begins at 10:00 am.)

The line for Laughin’ Night at the Garden Amphitheater starts to form at 5:00 pm.
Amphitheater seating opens at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 7:00 pm with storytelling beginning at 8:00 pm.)

Gates open for Laughin’ Night at The Electric Park Pavilion at 5:30 pm. (Live music starts at 7:00 pm with storytelling beginning at 8:00 pm.)

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7. Can I purchase tickets at the event?

Tickets for events that have not sold out online are available for purchase at the event. However, evening events, especially Laughin’ Night, regularly sell out. In order to avoid disappointment, please purchase your tickets online before the event.

Special early bird discounts are available until August 1.

Unlike previous years, paper tickets cannot be purchased at the Orem Public Library.
Please order your tickets online. Please call 801-228-1350 for questions about tickets or events.

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8. Is there an online schedule for where each storyteller will be performing?

Yes, click on the schedule tab above to see who is performing at each Festival event location.
Click also on the storyteller tab to read more about each of the tellers.

Click on the following link to see who is performing at the Conference:
Timpanogos Storytelling Conference September 7, 2017 

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 9. Can I purchase just evening tickets? 

Yes, evening tickets are listed on page two of the ticket page.
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 10. Can I attend the Festival for just one day?

Yes, adult & child passes for either Friday or Saturday daytime events are listed on pages 2–3 of the ticket page.
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11. Where can I see a list of ticket prices?

Click here to see the full list of ticket prices.
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12. Is there an age limit to attend the Festival?

No, but with the exception of Bedtime Stories, the Festival is intended for adults, teens, and older children with longer attention spans. If young children become disruptive, we do ask that their guardians take them out of the performance space until they have calmed down.

Everyone ages 3 and up must have their own ticket. 

Child passes are for kids 12 and under, and children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Please also remember no toddlers or babes in arms in the performance tents.
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13. Will there be American Sign Language Interpreters?

ASL interpreters will be available at evening events at The Garden Amphitheater. Please call 801-228-1350 by September 1 to schedule an ASL interpreter for other Festival events.
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14. What will the weather be like?

Festival events happen no matter what the weather is that weekend.

With the exception of indoor events like the Conference and Shivers in the Night, all events are held in large outside tents or in an outdoor amphitheater. The large performance tents provide shade, but in case of rain, a poncho may come in handy. Average daytime temperatures are 80 F and above, but early mornings and evenings are often cool.

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15. Is there transportation from the airport?

It is approximately a 34 minute drive from the Salt Lake International Airport to Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. For shuttle service contact Express shuttle at (800) 397-0773 or visit their website at expressshuttleutah.com
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16. Are there discounts to hotels near Thanksgiving Point?

Special event rates are available at these nearby hotels:

Courtyard Marriott Lehi at Thanksgiving Point
2801 Club House Dr.
Lehi, UT 84043
Click here to access their special rate (starting at $99 per night and includes Wi-Fi, fitness center access, pool access, and an onsite restaurant).
(Cutoff date for discount is 8/9/2017)

Hyatt Place Lehi
3700 Outlet Pkwy.
Lehi, UT 84043
Click here to access their special rate (starting at $119 per night and includes free local shuttles, complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, and a pool) or by calling 1-888-492-8847.
(Cutoff date for discount is 8/23/2017)
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17. Is there a student discount?

Yes, it applies to any high school or college student with a valid school ID.
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18. What food options will be available at the Festival?

Utah restaurants will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks at the Festival. Enjoy food from Costa Vida, Magleby’s Fresh, Malawi’s Pizza, Tucanos, Wallaby’s, The Trellis Cafe, and Thanksgiving Point Concessions. Most meals are around $10.

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