Competition ‘deep’ at State Liars’ Contest, ghost stories will tingle at Storyfest
by Mary Margaret Campbell
Oct 29, 2010 | 665 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Besides being entertaining professional storytellers, what else do Donna Ingham, Dennis Gaines, and De Cee Cornish have in common (besides their names beginning with a “D”)? They have all held the title of the State’s Biggest Liar, a title they won at the Texas State Liars’ Contest held annually at the George West Storyfest.

Donna Ingham won the coveted title at the first competition held in 2005. Dennis Gaines’s lie beat Ingham’s — and several others’ — the following two years, in 2006 and 2007. De Cee Corish out-lied them all in 2008. Not to be outdone, Gaines regained the title in 2009.

All three will be on hand again on Saturday, Nov. 6, for this year’s contest, trying to defend or regain the title of Texas State Champion Liar with brand new stories they hope will please the judges. But they’ve got competition not to be reckoned with. Two of this year’s featured storytellers, Tim Tingle and James B. Ford, have lies ready for competition — and Ford has won the Houston Liars’ Contest more than once! Andy Cripe returns for a shot at the title, and Mary Grace Ketner enters for the first time.

In a liars’ contest, the story must be apparently truthful and plausible and at some point become obviously impossible; the more believable the beginning, the more impossible the ending, with the storyteller all the while maintaining an attitude of truthfulness.

You won’t want to miss this year’s Texas State Liars’ Contest, starting at 2 p.m. on the FNB Stage. But wear your waders — it’ll be deep!

And if ghost stories fascinate you, then be sure to get a seat in the Dobie/West Performing Arts Theatre at 8 p.m. to hear some of the most chilling, spine-tingling ghost stories you’ve ever heard told by Mary Ann Blue, De Cee Cornish, James Ford, Yvonne Healy, Donna Ingham, Mary Grace Ketner, Tim Tingle and Consuelo Samarippa.

La Llorona, Chepita Rodriguez, La Chusa, The Lady in Green — you know who they are, and you love to hear their stories. Other legends like the one about the young girl from Kingsville who was lured to the dance, only to find her dancing partner was the devil himself; and the kids on the school bus, who were killed by the train in San Antonio and who will push your car across the tracks if you’re stalled, lure us, intrigue us. We’ve heard these stories and others like them told countless times, but they call us back time and again.

For more information on the 2010 George West Storyfest, visit their website at
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