(06/25/2011)
Growing up in a family where it was always the responsibility of the listener to decide whether or not a story was true, Bil Lepp became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age.

Bil Lepp is a nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars' Contest, Lepp explains that while his stories may not be completely true, they are always honest.

"Audiences across the country delight in Bil's hilarious tales and delightful insights into everyday life. Be it a plunger, a hunting trip, or a funeral, Bil can find the humor in any situation," said Sissie Summers, programmers with West Virginia's state parks. "We're pleased to have Bil as part of our summer program series this year."

Lepp's outrageous, humorous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages. Though a champion liar, his hilarious, insightful stories often contain morsels of truth which shed light on subjects such as politics, religion, relationships, and human nature.

A storyteller, author, and recording artist, Lepp's works have received awards and recognition from The Parents' Choice Foundation, The National Parenting Publications Assoc., Storytelling World, and the Public Library Assoc.

Lepp has been featured numerous times at the National Storytelling Festival, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and major storytelling and corporate events across the country.

Lepp is the author of several books of tall tales, audio collections, and recently published his first novel, Halfdollar. Vampire Santa is his latest audio cd. Bil lives in Charleston, W.Va. with his wife and two children.

There is no charge to attend and enjoy one of West Virginia's best entertainers.

Find Lepp at these West Virginia State Parks in 2011:

Blackwater Falls State Park, Thursday, June 30

Beech Fork State Park, Saturday, July 2

Cacapon Resort State Park, Tuesday, July 5

Pipestem Resort State Park, Thursday, July 7

North Bend State Park, Saturday, July 30

Holly River State Park, Thursday, August 4

Watoga State Park, Friday, August 19


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