The “nationally-renowned” Liar’s Challenge was truly a memorable event at The Haughty Heron last Friday.

The “nationally-renowned” Liar’s Challenge was truly a memorable event at The Haughty Heron last Friday.

“Liars” came from Michigan, Tallahassee, Colorado, Panama City, Cape San Blas and Apalachicola.

Robyn Rennick, the MC, kept the audience of over 60 folks entertained with short “true” stories about St. Joe Bay between each lie. Our three prestigious judges, Mike Davis, representing the Lions Club, Linda Heavner Gerald, representing Coastal Community Association, and Nancy Brockman, representing Gulf County Library, had the hard job of scoring as each Liar entertained the audience.

The first-place winner was Ray Merrill, hailing from Michigan and Cape San Blas with his tale about Spot and Fluff, two dolphins washed into his pool during Hurricane Kate. He told how he had to catch sea gulls for them at the Pig because that’s all they ate, and how the saga ended with him going to jail.

Wayne Garrett, from Panama City, won second place with his yarn about his old-school buddies, one who was the “most famous doctor in the world” and the other an old rival from high school who had a strategy to pull the doctor down from his pedestal. But the doctor lived up to his name and cured his rival of his three imaginary illnesses by one “manure” pill.

Third Place was a newcomer to storytelling, Karen Mercer from Tallahassee. Her story was of the “most expensive rescue dog” in the world who weighed only 12 pounds but was a 100 pounds of trouble and during a holiday foster stay managed to rack up enough vet bills that the vet put a down payment on a beach house at the Cape.

The other great Liars were Carol Bryan of Panama City, Red White of Tallahassee, Lissa Dulany of Cape San Blas, Paul Phelps from Colorado and Bob Inguogiato out of Apalachicola.

Coastal Community Association sponsors the Liar’s Challenge each year to raise funds for the Sheriff’s Easter Basket Drive and for food for the Food Bank. The event brought in 16 Easter baskets, several bags of nonperishable food, and over $500 to kick off the drive. We thank everyone who came out to enjoy the best lies told this year in Port St. Joe and helped to support the Easter project.

You can donate to the Easter Baskets and Food Drive by dropping off non-perishable food items, Easter baskets or stuffed toys, or cash donations. Collection points are at the Sunset Coastal Grill, St. Joe Bay Golf Club, Gulf to Bay Constructions (Simmons Bayou) or South Gulf Volunteer Fire Department. Donations will be collected until April 10.

Tax deductible donations should be made out to Coastal Community Association and sent to 1934 State Road 30A, Port St. Joe, FL 32456.