Fibbing for Fame and Folly


This illustration by John Schmelzer appeared in the December 1986 issue of Ford Times.

Deadline for 2018 Approaching

Well, the elections are over so it’s time to get down to some serious truth-stretching. With 2018 winding down (and what a whopper of a year it has been!) it is time for you tall tale tellers to put on your poker face and lie like the Burlington Liars Club championship is on the line. Because it is!! Once again, the Burlington Liars Club is accepting entries for the top prevaricator of the year and, just like in the elections, you have as good a chance as anyone to win. So start lying because in this case, no one is going to hold you to i!.

The Burlington Liars Club, which began in 1929, has been running this contest annually and it has gained world-wide attention. Over the years, the winning lies have covered a range of topics from weather to politics to family life. Whatever the topic, both the entrant and reader are guaranteed a good laugh. You do not want to miss your chance to be an even bigger fibber than 2017 winner Dennis Mueller of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, who wrote “I worked all morning building the best ground blind of my life. When I went out in the afternoon to go bow hunting I couldn’t find it!”

The deadline to submit an entry is December 16th. Any lies received after that time will be entered in next year’s competition.You can send your tall tale to: Burlington Liars’ Club, P.O. Box 156, Burlington, WI 53105 or send an email to: along with your name, contact information and your entry. If you or someone you know would like to become an official card carrying member of the Burlington Liars’ Club, include $1 for each membership along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.