By Bob Weaver

Creston resident Gary Buchanan has gone to Charleston for several years to tell a few lies, a city that should be familiar with the well-known practice.

The Vandalia tall-tale contest draws large crowds, and the winner receives a Golden Shovel. You can imagine why.

Buchanan keeps edging toward the top prize, coming in second in the 2013 event. In 2012, he came in third.

Buchanan's storytelling skills keep getting better, returning to his Calhoun farm to hone his 'lying' skills for another try.

Actually the liar's contest requires unique and creative storytelling talent, and Buchanan falls in that category.

Beyond being Calhoun's former 911/OES Director, perhaps his biggest contribution to the health and well-being of regional residents was the discovery of bug infested breakfast bars he picked-up in Grantsville on his way to work for a "healthy" snack.

And that's no lie.


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