June 19, 2019
Tonganoxie's Keyta Kelly is presented the traveling trophy April 27 at the Kansas Storytelling Festival in Downs. Her tall tale won first place for a third year, making her a master storyteller after winning it the maximum number of times allowed.
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Keyta Kelly is now a master storyteller — and the first woman to earn the distinction — after 26 years of the event at the Kansas Storytelling Festival. Kelly, a Tonganoxie attorney, won her third tall-tale storytelling state contest in late April. When a storyteller wins three times, they officially retire from the competition, but can return to tell more stories at future festivals, which always take place the fourth weekend in April in Downs, Kan.