The Big Whopper Liar's Contest

>> Wednesday, September 3, 2008

When I call Jeff Fleming about the Big Whopper Liar's Contest, he says, "You're in the wrong place, buddy. Who you trying to reach again?" After a little more back-and-forth, I realize he's doing what he does best, he's pulling the wool over my ears.
Every 3rd Saturday in September since 1988, men and women have gathered in New Harmony to celebrate the tall tale. The event was started by local trickster Aubry Robison, Jr., but after his death several years ago, Fleming took over the helm. About fifteen contestants take the stage in front of a crowd of maybe 400. They get four minutes to spin the most incredible yarn they can come up with. A team of judges award points for exaggeration, humor, stage presence and storytelling ability. This event, which will cost contestants and spectators alike $5 to enter, is now a part of Kunstfest, a weekend-long German period festival.
Big Whopper Liar's Contest - When, Where and More Info Please
When: September every year
Where: New Harmony, IN, U.S.A.


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