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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, ShepherdstownBigger Liar (second place) -- Gary Buchanan, CrestonBig Liar (third place) -- Scott Hill, GhentYouth (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 CharlestonSecond place -- Cassandra Atkins, CharlestonThird place -- Judy Grigoraci, Charleston
Youth (age 15 and under, $25) -- Chelsea Newcomer, Charleston Maple Cookies (all ages)First place -- Judy Grigoraci, CharlestonSecond 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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