Award-winning liar to share stories during festival

Bil Lepp

Each week, more and more Strawberry Festival activities and appearances are being confirmed. The latest addition to the list is award-winning storyteller, Bil Lepp. The well-known author and five-time champion of West Virginia’s Liar contest will tell his stories on Saturday, May 14 at the Portland First Baptist Church on Broadway from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Those who have been associated with Lepp are beyond excited for upcoming performance. They are confident that he will entertain his audience and greatly add to the festival fun. This free of charge show is presented by Explorastory of Hendersonville. Barry Jones of Explorastory is among those who can attest to Lepp’s strong ability to tell a story.

“He is renowned and his stories are incredible. He tells great liar stories — they are totally improbable stories,” Jones explained.

“They start out from a reasonable standpoint, but they get more and more bizarre. They are logical until you get to the very end and you realize they no longer make any sense. They are really, really good.”

Joining in Jones’ excitement is Charlie McCoin, who has worked directly with Lebb and has helped organize this concert.

“Bil is one of the heavy-hitters in the storytelling community,” McCoin said. “He performs regularly at storytelling festivals across the country and is popular at the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. Strawberry Festival-goers will love him because he tells stories of home. He puts an innovative twist on tall tales. He offers something for people of all ages. If you’re 5 or 105, Bil Lepp will keep your attention.

“Storytelling is an art that each person participates in on a daily basis. Bil has perfected it and brought it to the stage.”

The 75-minute show will conclude with a meet and greet.

Explorastory is a storytelling guild that meets at Rock Castle in Hendersonville the first Monday of every month beginning at 6:45 p.m. Their meetings are free and open to the public. Explorastory features storytellers from all over Sumner County — three of whom are from Portland.

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