And the winner is... Gary Buchanan!
The Susquehanna Folk Music Society congratulates the most outrageous liars in the Susquehanna Folk Festival Liars Contest!
FIRST PLACE: Gary Buchanan — Gary lives in Creston, West Virginia. He has participated in Liars Contests not only in West Virginia, but Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia. Gary often receives “Top Liar” when he competes, with occasional second or third place finishes. He has received a People’s Choice Award.
SECOND PLACE: Robin Moore — Robin lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Since 1981 Robin has made his living as an author and storyteller, specializing in Pennsylvania folklore and oral traditions. He has written more than a dozen books, presented over 5,000 storytelling programs and claims over one million listeners. Robin serves on the faculty of The Graduate Institute.
THIRD PLACE: Sandy Schuman — Sandy lives in Albany, New York. He considers himself a storyteller, musician, and educator. Sandy chooses stories about songs and songwriters, personal adventures, historical sagas, folk tales, and stories in the Jewish storytelling tradition.
SFMS also thanks the other finalists who shared their stories with us.
Jane Dorfman lives in Bethesda, Maryland. She has recently started lying and says that she finds it “very freeing.” Jane likes to tell traditional, personal, and Celtic stories. Jane performs at festivals and libraries, anywhere she is invited, including once at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission!
Gary Lloyd lives in Ashburn, Virginia. He figures that over the last 21 years he has told stories to more than 1.2 million listeners in hundreds of venues. Gary loves to mix fact and fiction so his audiences are both educated and entertained. Gary says, “Mom and Dad tried to teach me not to lie... but they failed.”
Robin Reichert lives in Erwinna, Pennsylvania. She is a lifelong storyteller, writer, speaker, and lover of tall tales. Robin enjoys performing her captivating folktales and personal stories with the Lehigh Valley (PA) Storytelling Guild. She has published two books and a storytelling CD. Robin is a featured teller on public radio WDIY’s “In the Tradition”.
Jessica Robinson lives in Fairfax, Virginia. She began performing for audiences in 2007. Jessica now leads storytelling workshops for individuals and groups. She is co-author of the anthology “Roar: True Tales or Women Warriors,” and writes under the pen name “J.P. Robinson”. She performs her one-woman show at assorted venues.
Carl Rohr lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania. With three sisters and a love of fishing, he learned at an early age that good stories and lying go hand-in-hand. He enjoys both listening to and telling stories. Having lived in several states and traveled around the country, Carl has learned that a good story will bring the teller good returns. He wishes us all: May a good story always be with you!
Spike Spilker lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. He discovered storytelling in 1991 and got in on the ground floor in the new Susquehanna Storytellers Guild. He has told in the Untitled Harrisburg story slams several times. A habitual truth-teller, Spike will be going out of his comfort zone for this show.
Debra Takach lives in Duncannon, Pennsylvania. A retired teacher, she volunteers her time for various events and community activities. She is a member of the Susquehanna Story Telling Guild and has been telling stories for 20 years.