University News
For Immediate Release: 
Sep 23 2004

One of West Virginia's Biggest Liars to Speak at Concord’s Fall Alumni Banquet

Athens, W.Va. - Yes, you read correctly. One of the state’s most noteworthy liars will be the featured entertainment at the Concord University Alumni Association’s Homecoming Banquet on October 15.

The Association’s Homecoming Committee has chosen Bil Lepp, five-time winner of the West Virginia Liars Contest, as featured speaker. The Liar’s Contest is held each year at the West Virginia Division of Culture’s Vandalia Gathering.

A featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Lepp has been telling tales for at least a decade. The tales are original and written by Lepp and his brother. Bil has been a regular at the West Virginia Liars Contest since 1990, and having won five Biggest Liar titles, he now serves as emcee. Bil has been a featured teller at festivals all over the country.

"Lepp is a side-splittingly funny man,” says The Smithsonian Center for Folk Life.

"Lepp is a well-known liar...[his stories] make you laugh,” noted Jill Jordan Sieder with “U.S. News.”

"With Lepp, the sorry, low-down lie becomes a grand and glorious creation, a verbal sculpture in which a hundred small fibs, stretchers, falsehoods and prevarications are piled together, shaped and molded into one stunning, awe-inspiring cathedral of flapdoodle and bull,” stated Bob Wells with the “Duke Divinity Magazine.”

"Bil Lepp, a preacher and five-time winner of ‘biggest liar’ competitions, stars his gun-shy hunting dog Buck in a tale that grows taller and taller -- and then even taller. Listeners are howling with the hilarity, tears of laughter streaking faces split with wide-mouth grins. When the young teller wraps up his story in one more burst of implausibility, the audience leaps to its feet, cheering. All hail the king!” says Mary Ellen Botter with “The Dallas Morning News.”

The social begins at 5 p.m. in the College Center Television Lounge on the second floor, and the banquet will held at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom on the third floor on October 15. Cost per person is $18. Reservations may be made by calling 1-304-384-6056 or e-mailing alumni@concord.edu.

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CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

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