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Folk Tales, Lies, and Cash Prizes

Updated: Aug 15, 2019

Participants and judges from the 2018 Story Telling Liars Contest

Last year, we began the Story Telling Liars Contest to participate in the storytelling tradition that many other folk festivals have, including the Three Rivers Story Telling Festival in Pittsburgh.

This year's contest will be held at The Coney, located on 642 Philadelphia Street, at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 7th.

Normally 5 minutes in length, the “lies” and “stories” are short presentations that focus on humor, the dramatic, or the supernatural. In addition they may be based upon local and regional legends, folklore, historical events, or personal experiences.

Judging is done by a panel of three storytelling experts who score each contestant in the following categories: technique delivery, confidence, general stagecraft; story development, good development of the tale in time available; originality, new material or fresh handling of a familiar yarn; and effectiveness. The judges also consider audience responses into the final evaluation process.

The three judges score each of the four categories on a scale of 1 to 5, with a maximum of 20 points per competitor. Final scores are not given to contestants. The judges confer at the end of the contest to decide the winners, and their decision is final.

The winners of the contest receive the following awards: $100 First Place; $75 Second Place; $50 Third Place.

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