The June 24 event will be hosted by James Froemel (three-time winner, WV’s Best Liar) and headlined by Bil Lepp, pictured above. / Submitted photo

First-ever Gray Barker ‘Liars’ Contest will raise the curtain in Buckhannon June 24

BUCKHANNON — The 1st Annual Gray Barker Liars Contest slated for June 24 will be a celebration of the art of stretching the truth. 

Buckhannon’s own Gray Barker was a writer known for making a business out of telling some larger-than-life tales about the Men in Black and UFOs in West Virginia. This event will be hosted by James Froemel (3-time winner, WV’s Best Liar) and headlined by Bil Lepp. This will be an epic night to remember!

Come see these champion storytellers, and also sign up to compete in the competition, if you are crazy enough! Your tale could be worth $100 and some awesome bragging rights. There are spots available for the contest, and pre-registration is recommended. Your story should be family-friendly, minutes or less in length, and told without a script or props.

Contact info@ART26201.com to reserve your tickets now!  You can’t afford to miss this event!

To participate in the Liars Contest, you may pre-register at:
https://graybarkerliarscontest.wufoo.com/forms/gray-barker-liars-contest-registration/

Location: Colonial Arts Center
48 E. Main St.
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Date: June 24, 2022
Time: 7 PM
Cost: $10 for Adult Tickets, Free for Students and Artists

Image courtesy ART26201

West Virginia Wesleyan College alumnus Bil Lepp is an award-winning, hilarious storyteller, author, recording artist, and champion liar. He’s the host of the History Channel’s Man Vs History series, the occasional host of NPR’s internationally syndicated Mountain Stage, and a contributing columnist to the West Virginia Gazette-Mail. Bil’s humorous, family-friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life.

Lepp’s entertaining stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. Audiences all across the country, from grade schools to corporations to Comedy Central’s Hudson stage, have been delighted by Bil’s mirthful tales and delightful insights into everyday life. 

Bil’s books and audio collections have won awards including the PEN Steven Kroll Award for Children’s Book Writing, Parents’ Choice Gold awards, and awards from the National Parenting Publications Association, and the Public Library Association. He is also the recipient of the Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folk honor.


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