Fibbing for Fame and Folly


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

We Were Fake News Before There Was FAKE NEWS!

Calling all tall tales tellers, prevaricators and outright liars, it’s your time again. The Burlington Liars Club reminds you that as we near the end of the year, the time for choosing the top lie for 2017 will soon be here. Since 1929, this annual fun contest has been a Burlington institution and the announcement of the winner is a cherished New Year’s Eve tradition.

Participating is easy – just come up with an outrageous story or an almost believable lie and send it to the Burlington Liars Club. You need not be a member to have your entry considered, although the one-time fee is only a dollar. The competition is open to all except politicians since this is a contest for amateurs only.

So get busy and submit your entries. This is the one and only time when it is okay to stretch the truth and if your pants suddenly catch on fire or your nose gets longer than a telephone wire, you might have a winner. To enter the contest for 2017, email your entries to or address them to The Burlington Liars Club, P.O. Box 156, Burlington, WI 53105.

The winning lies will be announced New Year’s Eve at the Liars Club Bar above The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine in downtown Burlington.