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Liberty Blair to represent Madison County at the Florida Storytelling Festival

Madison County Storytelling and the Florida Storytelling Association are pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, a student from Madison County is a winner of the Youthful Voices Storytelling contest.

Last year, Madison County student Abby Ratliff of Pinetta Elementary School was a winner, and this year Liberty Blair, a 10-year-old homeschooled student, will represent Madison County.  Liberty is the daughter of Daryl and Belinda Blair. She and one of her parents will be spending two nights at the historic Lakeside Hotel in Mount Dora, Fl., while attending the 32nd Annual Florida Storytelling Festival from March 31 to April 3, all courtesy of the Florida Storytelling Association’s scholarship program.

While there, Liberty will receive individual coaching and mentoring with a master storyteller, attend specialized workshops that will enhance her storytelling skills and get to know and work with the three other Florida scholarship recipients.  She will participate in the Youthful Voices Concert on Saturday evening and she and a parent will attend the Saturday night banquet.

Wanda Violet, the director of Madison County Storytelling, put together the contest application and John Ludwig produced the video that was submitted to the Florida Storytelling Association. The hard work on both of their parts and Liberty’s talented efforts resulted in this being the second year that a youth storyteller from Madison County was chosen for this statewide honor.

Liberty’s grandparents are Sammy and Brenda Hicks, Julian and Annette Durham, Patrick and Trish Blair and Gene and Verona Christopher.

The Florida Storytelling Association and Madison County Storytelling congratulate Miss Liberty Blair for this wonderful honor and accomplishment.

For more information on storytelling in Madison County Florida, go to or contact Wanda Violet at (850) 973-8813 or by emailing

For more information on the Florida Storytelling Association, go to

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