Tall Tales from West Virginia's Top 'Liars'

Bil Lepp is a liar... and proud of it. He's won the West Virginia Liars Contest five times.

Bil Lepp, five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest. i i

hide captionBil Lepp is five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest.

Bil Lepp, five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest.

Bil Lepp is five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest.

Each year on Memorial Day weekend, West Virginia's best storytellers compete for the prestigious title of "Biggest Liar." The tall-tale contest draws large crowds, and the winner receives a Golden Shovel. You can imagine why.

West Virginian storyteller Bonnie Collins. i i

hide captionWest Virginian storyteller Bonnie Collins has judged the state's Liars Contest for more than two decades.

West Virginian storyteller Bonnie Collins.

West Virginian storyteller Bonnie Collins has judged the state's Liars Contest for more than two decades.

A storyteller for more than 15 years, Lepp tells tales on subjects ranging from his dachshund, "Buck-dog," to his fourth-grade teacher, who he swore was a superhero.

But Lepp is just getting started on his fibbing career compared to Bonnie Collins. At 90, she has judged the West Virginia contest for more than 20 years... and as Debbie Elliott discovers, she still tells a pretty fair whopper, too.

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