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25 - 30 Aug 2014

25th Annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

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Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

It is the 25th Anniversary of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival!  It will be a grand party!

We invite storytellers from around the nation and across the waters to join some of our homegrown talent and share stories under our own majestic Mount Timpanogos. Stories range from fairy tales and fables from various cultures to personal stories of growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. There are historical tellers, tall tale tellers, and youth tellers.

Between storytelling hours, younger ones love to watch the puppeteers while older festival goers enjoy making vases and cups with the potters. Everyone enjoys the food (provided by some of the valley’s finest food vendors) and the jugglers who entertain during lunch and dinner. You can also relax in the music tent and enjoy an incredible array of music. In fact, you could call us a music festival if it wasn’t for all the stories!

The Festival begins Thursday evening with Look Who’s Talking! It continues all day Friday and Saturday with evening shows both days as well. Come join us for an evening show or the whole weekend; either way we are sure you’ll be hooked!



For a detailed schedule of events click on the Schedule Tab above then click on the download schedule button on the left. Due to popular demand, we have expanded the Saturday night event to three locations: SCERA Shell, Bonneville Tent at Mt. Timpanogos Park, and Canyon Vista Tent at Mt. Timpanogos Park, not all storytellers will be performing at each location, please select your venue thoughtfully. Location choices are non transferrable.


Please visit the Logistics tab for information on Parking, Food, Accommodations, and BYU Credit.



Due to popularity, all school performance slots are full. If you would like to be included on a waiting list, please contact Tammy at 801-229-7436 or storyteller@orem.org.



Due to popularity, all on-site school performance slots are full. If you would like to be included on a waiting list, please contact Tammy at 801-229-7436 or storyteller@orem.org.




Mt Timpanogos Park

Orem, Utah 84058

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  • Aug 25 2014
  • Aug 27 2014
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  • 7:00-8:00 AM
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  • Viridian Center—8030 South 1825 West West Jordan, UT 84088
  • The Shops at Riverwoods
  • Orem Public Library
  • Mt Timpanogos Park
  • SCERA Shell
  • Scera Shell
  • Mt Timpanogos Park - Bonneville or Canyon Vista Tent
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  • Clare Murphy
  • Donald Davis
  • Bill Harley
  • Beth Horner
  • Antonio Rocha
  • Kim Weitkamp
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  • Storytelling
  • Music
  • Workshop


An Evening of Storytelling—FREE Concert

Viridian Center—8030 South 1825 West West Jordan, UT 84088

7:00 PM - 8:30 AM

Let two great storytellers, Clare Murphy and Donald Davis, entertain you at the library's Viridian Event Center as a warm-up to the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival later in the week.


Storytelling Kick Off Event

The Shops at Riverwoods

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

It has been said that the best things in life are free. That is absolutely true about our Riverwoods Concert. One of our favorite national tellers will sing, tell stories, and make you laugh. The Riverwoods concert is the perfect appetizer for someone who has never experienced the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival before. Come to the Riverwoods on Wednesday evening and relearn for yourself the charm and power of story.


Finding Your Storytelling Voice

Orem Public Library

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop with Clare Murphy

Sponsored by KUER

Turn familiar stories into true treasures! Each storyteller is blessed with their own unique style. Having trouble finding yours? Treat yourself to this workshop and find your own voice! A workshop focused on how to make stories uniquely your own; how to discover and develop your own style of storytelling. Learn how to uncover your own voice, turning old or familiar stories into something beautiful and inherently yours. If you would like a box lunch after the workshop, please order it before Tuesday at 5:00 pm. Box lunches can be ordered with other workshop tickets.

Musical Mayhem

Orem Public Library

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop with Beth Horner

Sponsored by KUER

Beth briefly addresses that old foe music anxiety and explores ways in which music can strengthen story structure and the storytelling process. She then takes participants step-by-step through the process of transforming a story into a song. For musicians AND non-musicians, new AND experienced storytellers, and all lovers of fun! Beware: Kazoos are involved! If you would like a box lunch after the workshop, please order it before Tuesday at 5:00 pm. Box lunches can be ordered with other workshop tickets.

Beyond the Voice

Orem Public Library

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Workshop with Antonio Rocha

Sponsored by KUER

Studies prove that body language accounts for more than 70% of how we communicate. Come learn how to use that body language with mime techniques to create better atmosphere, character, and seamless transitions in your storytelling. This is a participatory session filled with fun and movement. Antonio will use his 20 plus years of experience in being a mime, actor, and storyteller to guide you with care in exploring these tools in a fun and safe environment. Your stories will never be the same! If you would like a box lunch before the workshop, please order it before Tuesday at 5:00 pm. Box lunches can be ordered with other workshop tickets.

Looking Back: Storytelling Meets Family History

Orem Public Library

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Workshop with Kim Weitkamp

Sponsored by KUER

Genealogy is the accounting side of gathering your family history. At least that is how Kim looks at it. Genealogy is the names, dates, times, locations, and numbers of your family history. How do you turn that information into endearing and entertaining stories? In this workshop Kim will help you look back on your family history and turn benchmark events and happenings into stories that will be cherished for year to come. Each day you live you are writing your family history. In this workshop you will also learn creative ways to capture the present day stories of your family so they will be around for years to come. If you would like a box lunch before the workshop, please order it before Tuesday at 5:00 pm. Box lunches can be ordered with other workshop tickets.
*Kim is the official spokesperson for the smartphone app, Saving Memories Forever.

Look Who's Talking!

Mt Timpanogos Park

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sponsored by Ken Garff Automotive Group

At this “Meet the Tellers” event, you’ll get to sample a little bit of everything and everyone. Then you can organize your weekend, going back for more of who and what you want during the rest of the festival. Of course, we’re confident you are going to want more of everything. If it’s your first time to the festival, you’ll also get a feel for the park and the layout of the tents, and a head start on how the parking and shuttles work. Think of this event as the sampler hors d’oeuvres in preparation for your storytelling “Feast”-ival!

Music pre-show performer—Brushfire

Bonneville Tent: Donald Davis, Mary Gay Ducey, Kevin Kling, Beth Horner, Bil Lepp, Clare Murphy, Connie Regan-Blake, David Holt & Josh Goforth

River Trail Tent: Bill Harley, Kim Weitkamp, Antonio Rocha, Charlotte Blake Alston, Mary Gay Ducey, Kevin Kling, Beth Horner, Donald Davis

Canyon Vista Tent: Bil Lepp, Clare Murphy, David Holt & Josh Goforth, Connie Regan-Blake, Kim Weitkamp, Antonio Rocha, Charlotte Blake Alston, Bill Harley


Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

Mt Timpanogos Park

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Click on the green Download Schedule icon at the top of the Schedule list for a full list of the day's events.

Bedtime Stories

Mt Timpanogos Park

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Sponsored by Intermountain Vein Center

Are your young children begging you to tell them a story every night while you’re tucking them into bed? Have you run out of stories to tell? We’re giving you the night off. Come to Bedtime Stories Friday night! This event is designed for the little ones. They will hear all the wonderful stories they need to get them ready for bed, and you might even hear a few to replenish your repertoire. We have national tellers and local youth tellers who will delight and enchant all children ages 1-100.

This event is included in the weekend pass.

Pre-show Puppetters—
Bonneville Tent­­—Whizgiggle’s Puppets

River Trail Tent—Mark Pulham’s mp3 Players

Bonneville Tent: Charlotte Blake Alston, Sonya Clayton,* Daxton Watts,* Mary Gay Ducey, Caleb Walker,* Antonio Rocha

River Trail Tent: Mary Gay Ducey, Adah Shippen,* Antonio Rocha, Ashley Herbert,* Devin Glenn,* Charlotte Blake Alston

*denotes youth teller

My Favorite Stories


8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Sponsored by Property Solutions International Inc.

If you were a professional storyteller and had hundreds of stories that you told, which story would be your favorite? Come to the SCERA Shell, our open grass amphitheater, on Friday night and hear the favorite stories of five national storytellers. Who knows? It might turn out to be your favorite, too. Bring a blanket and get there early to claim a chair.

This event is included in the weekend pass.

Music pre-show Performer—Mad Max and the Wild Ones

Performers—Bill Harley, Beth Horner, Bil Lepp, Kevin Kling, Donald Davis

Shivers in the Night

Mt Timpanogos Park

9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Sponsored by Moxtek

Need a good scare or great date night activity? Come to Timpanogos Storytelling Festival’s Shivers in the Night. Can you imagine a better place for a scare than Provo Canyon in the darkening shadow of Mount Timpanogos, our local giant that has a few ghost stories of its own? Professional tellers will send shivers up your spine with tales of ghosts, haunted canyons, and beating hearts. You’ll be looking over your shoulder, hearing haunting noises, and believing in ghouls like you haven’t since your childhood. Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King would feel right at home!

This event is not included in the weekend pass and is not appropriate for younger children. Please remember that temperatures drop in the evenings in the canyon, so you may want to bring a jacket or blanket.

Pre-show performers—
Canyon Vista Tent—Teresa Gashler, Ginger Parkinson

Cliff View Tent—Adam Ashton, Sharon Rogers

Canyon Vista Tent: Connie Regan-Blake, David Holt, Kim Weitkamp, Clare Murphy

Cliff View Tent: Kim Weitkamp, Clare Murphy, Connie Regan-Blake, David Holt


Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

Mt Timpanogos Park

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Click on the green Download Schedule icon at the top of the Schedule list for a full list of the day's events.

Laughin' Night at the Scera Shell

Scera Shell

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Sponsored by Chuck Barber Mitsubishi

Time to warm up those cheeks because they’re going to get a workout. Its laughin’ time! Our national tellers save the best for last when it comes to their comedic pieces, and the SCERA Shell comes alive with energy. Imagine an open grass amphitheater full of thousands of people with teary eyes and robust laughter focused on one stage. It’s an incredible experience, and our most popular event. Laughin’ Night is the perfect way to end a storytelling weekend or just the perfect way to spend a night.

Due to popular demand, we have expanded the Saturday night event to three locations. Please select your venue thoughtfully. Location choices are non transferrable.

Chairs at the Scera Shell are available on a first come, first served basis. Or you can bring your own blanket and lay out under the stars. Either way, come early to get a good spot! Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Laughin’ Night at the SCERA SHELL:
Donald Davis
Beth Horner
David Holt & Josh Goforth
Clare Murphy
Kim Weitkamp
Charlotte Blake Alston
Bil Lepp
Bill Harley

Laughin' Night at Mt. Timpanogos Park

Mt Timpanogos Park - Bonneville or Canyon Vista Tent

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Bonneville Tent Sponsored by BYU Broadcasting

Canyon Vista Tent Sponsored by Daily Herald

Need a good laugh? For more than two decades, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival has been sending listeners away with sore abs and permanent smiles. What have our listeners said? “Give us more!”

Our night of laughs is now so big that we have outgrown our venue.... again! Due to popular demand, we have expanded the Saturday night event to three locations. Please select your venue thoughtfully. Location choices are non transferrable.

Placed in the more intimate Bonneville or Canyon Vista Tents at Mount Timpanogos Park, this is the perfect ending to a storytelling weekend, or even just a perfect date night activity. The national storytellers will have you rolling in the aisles and counting down the days until next year’s festival.

This event is included in the weekend pass. When you purchase the weekend pass, you must select which Saturday evening venue you want to attend.

Laughin’ Night at Mt. Timpanogos Park – BONNEVILLE TENT:
Kim Weitkamp
Bill Harley
Mary Gay Ducey
Kevin Kling
Antonio Rocha
Connie Regan-Blake
Clare Murphy
Donald Davis

Laughin’ Night at Mt. Timpanogos Park – CANYON VISTA TENT:
Bil Lepp
Charlotte Blake Alston
Antonio Rocha
Connie Regan-Blake
Mary Gay Ducey
Beth Horner
David Holt & Josh Goforth
Kevin Kling

Antonio Rocha

Using his extensive experience as a mime, including studying with mime masters Tony Montanaro and Marcel Marceau, Antonio Rocha knows how to touch the imagination just enough to allow his listeners' minds to run free. He not only tells stories about people and animals; he becomes those people using conscious expressions and controlled movement.

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Beth Horner

From the heart of the nation, Midwesterner Beth Horner's goal as a storyteller is to entertain and encourage her listeners to dip into the wealth of their own imaginations. "When I'm telling stories to 50 different people, there are 50 different movies going on in the minds of listeners. Nothing is as powerful or vivid as your own imagination." Beth will engage you in adventures you create together—stories that will thrill, chill, delight, and invite you to look at life through brand new eyes.

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Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp is a nationally renowned storyteller and five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. Audiences all across the country have been delighted by Bil’s hilarious tales and delightful insights into everyday life. Be it a hunting trip or a funeral, Bil can find humor in any situation. Though a champion liar, his outrageous, witty stories often contain morsels of truth that shed light on subjects such as politics, religion, relationships, and human nature.

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Bill Harley

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy award-winning artist who used song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling, and family life. Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist, and keynote speaker. he is a longtime commentator for National Public Radio and a recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities "for his use of music, song, and story in building community; promoting our common humanity; and encouraging lifelong learning, exploring, and growing.

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Charlotte Blake Alston

Charlotte Blake Alston was raised on the rich stories and poems of African American writers like Paul Lawrence Dunbar. After a 21–year career in teaching, Charlotte no performs from Carnegie Hall to Africa. Her lively African and African American tales, both traditional and contemporary, are accompanied by time–honored instruments, such as the 21-stringed kora, and are delivered with heart and soul.

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Clare Murphy

Audiences are mesmerized by the soft Irish brogue of Dublin-born Clare Murphy—or perhaps it's her dynamic personality, her easy physical style, and her youthful telling of ancient Irish tales! Her wide-ranging repertoire includes world folklore, anecdotes, fables, death stories, personal tales, and original stories, appropriate for any occasion or audience. Her passion easily engages the young and the young-at-heart alike, captivating audience around the world at places like the Globe Theatre, the National Storytelling Festival, and the Toronto International Storytelling Festival.

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Connie Regan-Blake

From the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina comes one of storytelling's finest: Connie Regan-Blake. Her stories include Appalachian Mountain tales—handed down by folks who brought stories from Europe and then adapted them to include the American experience. Teaching and telling stories has taken her around the world. Time spent listening to Connie is "porch-sittin'" at its finest.

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David Holt

David Holt is an American folk encyclopedia. He can make music with anything from a slide guitar or banjo to a paper bag or hambone. From time-honored Jack Tales to urban legends, he knows the stories and shares the traditions. Engaging, entertaining and enlightening, a star from stage, radio, television and film, David Holt is a treasure not be missed.

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Donald Davis

Donald was born into a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. "I didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them," he says as he recounts tales from a family of traditional storytellers. Donald grew up hearing fairy tales, silly Jack tales, Welsh and Scottish folktales, and nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin. A pure surge of entertainment, Donald has long delighted listeners across the country and is a favorite at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

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Josh Goforth

Raised in the rural Southern Appalachian Mountains, Josh grew up fishing with a bamboo rod and following his granddad as he plowed a field with a horse. A master of several instruments, including guitar, banjo, and mandolin, Josh is particularly known for his skill on the fiddle and, with David Holt, is a Grammy-nominated artist. Whether telling stories about his granddad or playing one of his instruments, Josh is sure to be one of the finest sounds at the Festival.

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Kevin Kling

Kevin, a man of many talents, is widely known for his work on NPR’s All Things Considered and his plays that are performed worldwide, but it is his storytelling that draws us to him. Kevin knows how to tease humor and wry observations out of every-day happenings by mixing the ridiculous with the sublime. As an author and playwright, Kevin is deft at crafting compelling stories.

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Kim Weitkamp

Kim is a highly sought-after storyteller, humorist, and musician sharing her original stories and songs at theaters and festivals throughout the United States. As one theater review stated, "Kim weaves the threads of her individual stories into a tapestry full of singular characters, fantastic situations, and heartfelt wisdom—all the best a storyteller can offer." With her clear, sweet voice, Kim has completed four audio collections and has enjoyed airplay on Sirius XM radio and NPR affiliate stations.

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Mary Gay Ducey

Storytelling has been a lifelong pursuit for Mary Gay Ducey, former chairperson of the National Storytelling Association and longtime children's librarian. Born into a rich Southern heritage of independent, sassy and spunky women, Gay has delighted audiences with her humorous and insightful tales that mix personal and historical, literary, and folk.

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Between the hours of storytelling, join us in the Alta Springs Tent where you’ll discover the best in acoustic, bluegrass, big band, and smooth jazz. In addition, treat yourself to toe-tapping lunch breaks and enjoy pre-shows that groove throughout the Festival.

Click here for information on this year’s musicians.



Magic, puppets, and juggling—oh my! At the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival you’ll always find something unforgettable around the next corner. Our entertainers perform at the Timpanogos Pavilion throughout the day, but you just may meet them anywhere around the park.

Click here for information on this year’s performers.



Youth storytellers have been a significant part of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival for the past nineteen years. The children and teens you see performing this year represent thousands of children who participate in school-based storytelling festivals across the state.

Storytelling is a valuable part of our community and is being nurtured in the next generation by teachers, parents, and others who understand the power of story. Utah’s youth shine in their ability to capture our hearts, tickle our funny bones, and paint pictures in our minds with their stories.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy the youth storytellers you see this weekend. We hope you’ll join us in encouraging them to keep telling stories!

 Click here for information on this year’s youth storytellers.

Youth Teller Auditions

Storytellers ages 5-18 are invited to audition and participate in the Festival. Selected tellers will present one 3-10 minute story on stage at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival as featured Festival Youth Tellers.

There are two avenues for Youth Teller auditions:  School District Competitions and Open Auditions.

School District Competitions: Many Alpine District schools hold their own storytelling festivals. Inquire at your local school for more details.

Open Auditions: For those not in involved in school-related festivals, open auditions are held annually for children and teens at the Orem Public Library in early March. During open auditions, tellers present a 3 minute portion of their story. To schedule an open audition appointment, please call the Orem Public Library at 229-7436 or email storyeller@timpfest.org.

Call-back Auditions are the final auditions for youth invited to return from both open auditions and school district competitions. Youth will tell the full version of their story and will be judged on performance skills such as poise, voice expression, eye contact and body language.

Helpful Hints: Popular stories and/or fairytales told in a predictable style and manner will rarely engage the judges and audience. If using costumes or props, make sure they enhance your performance instead of distract the audience.

All Auditions are closed for 2014


Spanning the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before Labor Day, the Festival is an adventure you’ll never forget. Thursday’s Storytelling Workshops are perfect for parents, teachers, genealogists, speakers, and performers alike. Thursday night’s Look Who’s Talking! will give you an introduction to our featured storytellers.

Spend Friday and Saturday discovering featured national storytellers as they perform on five stages from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Between stories, enjoy live acoustic music, tantalizing food provided by popular Utah restaurants, and memorable entertainment. Evening storytelling concerts continue Friday and Saturday nights with special programs for all ages.

The Festival is held in Orem, Utah—about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. Events are held at Mt. Timpanogos Park in Provo Canyon, Orem’s SCERA Shell, and the Orem Public Library.

With the exception of the workshops, all events are held outdoors. Average daytime temperatures are 80° F and above, but early mornings and evenings are cool. Large tents provide shade at Mt. Timpanogos Park. In case of rain showers, please bring a poncho


Due to limited parking at Mt. Timpanogos Park, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival provides three large church parking lots in Orem and Provo where attendees can park and ride free shuttles to the Festival location. These shuttles will pick you up and take you to the front gate of the Festival!

Shuttles run every 15-20 minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday until the end of the last event.

Click on any of the parking lot addresses below for a map:

810 East 600 North, Orem
766 East 1200 North, Orem
4775 North 300 West, Provo (across from Riverwoods shopping center)

Those with handicap permits and cars with 4 or more people will be permitted to park on-site on a first-come, first-served basis.

During evening events at Mt. Timpanogos Park, parking is available for everyone on a first-come, first-served basis.

An adjacent park, Canyon View, has limited additional parking on Thursday evening, Friday after 1:30 p.m. and all day Saturday.

There are no shuttles to the SCERA Shell, but attendees may park in the streets surrounding SCERA Park.


We have one of the nicest food courts any festival could dream of. Our restaurants have been serving the most delicious and dreamy food for many years. We think you will agree that the prices are great and the food is terrific.  Some vendors offer a children’s portion or vegetarian options.

All vendors will accept cash. There will be an ATM available on-site throughout the festival.


Click here for information on this year’s food vendors.


Please visit the websites of these lodging facilities for more information, and mention the Festival to learn about special promotions.

Hampton Inn & Suites
801.426.8500 | 800.426.7866
851 West 1250 South, Orem, UT 84058
(Book by August 12 to secure discount.)

Towneplace Suites by Marriott
873 N. 1200 W., Orem, UT 84057

For a full listing of accommodations, visit the Utah Valley website.


Except for Bedtime Stories, the Festival is aimed at adults, teens and older children. Children age 3 and up must have their own tickets. Please, no toddlers or babes in arms in the performance tents.


Festival attendees may earn one credit of Elementary or Secondary Ed 598R from Brigham Young University for in-service or re-licensure purposes. Students must attend a minimum of 15 Festival performance hours.  They must also complete a 2-3 page reaction paper to a book on the art of storytelling, submit notes from the storytelling performances and/or workshops they attend and perform a 5 minute story in front of an audience of at least ten people.

Please click on the link below for more details:

University Credit for Teacher In-service and Re-licensure

Click here to purchase credit.

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