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Winners of Vandalia liars, baking contests announced

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's biggest liars and best bakers took home top prizes Saturday during West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration at the state Capitol.

The winners of the state Division of Culture and History's Liars Contest, which is part of the Vandalia Gathering, were:

Biggest Liar (first place and Goldenseal magazine's Golden Shovel award) -- Adam Booth, Shepherdstown

Bigger Liar (second place) -- Gary Buchanan, Creston

Big Liar (third place) -- Scott Hill, Ghent

Youth (age 15 and under, and Goldenseal magazine's Golden Shovel award) -- Jackson Sorrells, South Charleston


Winners of the Division's Vandalia Gathering baking contests were:

Pound Cake (all ages)

First place -- Ella Hoffman, South Charleston


Cupcakes (all ages)

First place -- Ella Hoffman, South Charleston

Second place -- Cassandra Atkins, Charleston

Third place -- Judy Grigoraci, Charleston

Youth (age 15 and under, $25) -- Chelsea Newcomer, Charleston


Maple Cookies (all ages)

First place -- Judy Grigoraci, Charleston

Second place -- Ella Hoffman, South Charleston


The annual Vandalia Gathering is a free celebration of the traditional arts, music, dance, stories, crafts and foods of West Virginia. The Culture Center and Capitol Complex grounds play host to this expanding family-style gathering each year on Memorial Day weekend. The statewide folk festival, named for the proposed 14th British colony in America, pays tribute to the state's ethnic heritage through a variety of exhibitions and programs.

For more information, call Caryn Gresham at 304-558-0220 or visit


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