THE STORYBOOK CAPITAL OF AMERICA (KTAB/KRBC) – The Children’s Art & Literacy Festival (CALF) has grown for its eighth straight year, according to event organizers, the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council. 

The annual festival had a total of 5,219 people registered, the ACAC said. This is the highest attendance ever. 

Those registered came from 91 Texas cities and 12 states. 

“We were pleased to offer additional shows of some of our most popular performers to accommodate the growing crowds and to welcome the storybook-loving friends from throughout the Southwest,” said Lynn Barnett, executive director of the ACAC.

This year’s CALF honored best-selling author/illustrator Peter Brown. An exhibition of his original artwork opened Thursday night at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL). 

“I’ve never been to Abilene before, but the events and people here have been absolutely fantastic, and now I love it here,” he said. “What an amazing thing to see a community come together to promote children’s books and literacy. These are my kind of people!”

Brown spoke to crowds at the historic Paramount Theatre following a fun-filled parade and festival goers had activities available all day Friday and Saturday. 

KTAB/KRBC/Telemundo Abilene are proud sponsors of the CALF.