The first Storytelling and Liars Contest will be held at the 2015 Northern Appalachian Folk Festival on September 12 in downtown Indiana at The Coney Island restaurant. Storytelling is enormously popular in many folk festivals throughout the United States, including the recent Three Rivers Story Telling Festival in Pittsburgh.
Normally five minutes in length, the “lies” and “stories” are short presentations that focus on humor, the dramatic, or the supernatural. In addition, they may be based upon local and regional legends, folklore, historical events, or personal experiences.
Judging will be done by a panel of three storytelling experts, who will score each contestant in the following categories: technique delivery, confidence, general stagecraft; story development, good development of the tale in time available; originality, new material or fresh handling of a familiar yarn; and effectiveness. The judges will also include audience responses into the final evaluation process.
The three judges will score each of the four categories on a scale of 1 to 5, with a maximum of 20 points per competitor. Final scores will not be given to contestants. The judges will confer at the end of the contest to decide the winners. The decision of the judges will be final.
The winners of the contest will receive the following awards: $100 first place; $75 second place; $50 third place.
Registration for Liars/Storytelling Contest takes place on September 12 from 1:30–2:30 p.m. at the Coney Island restaurant. The contest begins at 2:30 p.m.
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