Thanks so much to everyone who applied to perform; we wish we could have picked you all! We had to consider available venues, audiences, and funding sources. We ended up with an impressive selection of shows using hand puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets, black light puppets, a crankie, rod puppets, and tabletop puppets. Here’s the full festival schedule:

Thursday Evening

3:00 PM: Registration at Owl Glass Puppetry Center, 319 N. Calhoun, West Liberty, Iowa 52776

5:00-7:00 P.M: Supper (at the United Methodist Church)

7:00 PM: Prof. Peter Allen: Punch and Judy

7:45 P.M. Karagoz Theater Co: Karagöz

8:30: Party w. Quintron & Miss Pussycat


8:30-9:45: Workshop I

10:00-11:00 A.M: Brianimations Living Entertainment: Kaytek the Wizard

11:10-12:25: Workshop II

12:25-1:15: Lunch on your own (7 downtown restaurants; lunch $5-$7)

1:15-2:00: Cellula

2:15-3:30: Workshop III

4:00-5:00: Puppet Films

3:45-5:00: Workshop IV

5:15: Regional meeting

6:00-7:00: Dinner

7:00:Simpich Marionettes: Tinker Yorkinee Spree’s Fantabulous Suitcase Circus

8:45: Puppet Slam


8:00-10:00- Pancake Breakfast

10:00-3:00: Children’s Festival

                      10:15: Miss Pussycat: Cookie Carnival Baking Contest

                      11:00: Kevin Kammeraad & Cooperfly Puppet Troupe: Spinach Dip Pancake Show

                      12:00: Piccadilly Puppets: Butterfly Ballad

                      1:00: Calliope Puppets: Calliope Kate

                      2:00: Parasol Puppets: The Gingerbread Man on Old MacDonald’s Farm

           Lunch on your own (lots of street food available!)

3:30-6:00: (actually 3:00-10:00): Latino Bands on the street

6:30-7:30: Dinner

8:00: Red Herring Puppets: My Grandfather’s Prayers

9:00: More music on the street


8:00-10:00: Farewells, pastries, and juice

10:00: Hunter Marionettes: A Penguin in my Pocket

You’ll see all of the shows together with their intended audiences: school shows with classes of school kids, family shows with children and parents, and adult shows with other adults. Venues include a 1910 opera house/movie theater, a state-of-the-art high school auditorium, a charming downtown pocket park, and a church hall with a stage. Because West Liberty has a puppetry center, local residents are well schooled and interested in puppetry and excited to host this festival. You’ll see locals at all of the shows.