The seventh annual Liar’s Challenge was held to benefit the Sheriff’s Easter Basket and Food Drive last Friday night at The Haughty Heron. A standing-room-only crowd roared at the lies and true stories told by tellers from as far away as Michigan and Colorado and some of our homegrown storytellers.

To prove that truth is stranger than fiction, Sheriff Mike Harrison won the liar’s contest with a true story about helping a homeowner get not one, but eight, rattlesnakes out of his waterbed. He and his wife had been co-existing with the rattler but when it had babies, they’d had enough. Really, you can’t make this stuff up.

Paul Phelps and Ray Merrill tied for second place but since Ray went into overtime, he took the third place bragging rights home. Phelps told of a questionable upraising where punishment was an all-nighter on the top of the haystack – and whiskey was involved. Ray’s story of Aunt Patty and her Patty Porter Porta Potties rocketed the audience to new heights (check his Facebook page for the story).

Our other notable liars were Gary Carroll from Florida, Port. St. Joe’s own Captain Phil Cox and Clayton Williamson, who traveled from Brunswick, Ga. just for the event.

Robyn Avery Rennick was the emcee for the evening and rocked the audience with her rap of Cape San Blas – the Bug’s Idea of Paradise. Pat Nease, state champion liar, rounded out the evening with her canine tales of Luther and escaping the sheriff.

The event was organized by the Coastal Community Association of South Gulf County. The community sponsors were The Haughty Heron, Coast 2 Coast Printing, Gulf 2 Bay Construction, and Sunset Bay Management Group.

Over $1,200 was raised for the Sheriff’s Easter Basket and Food Drive and Easter Baskets and stuffed animals were brought to the event.

If you would like to donate cash or Easter Baskets for the drive, you can drop them off at the Gulf to Bay Construction Company in Simmons Bayou, Capital City Bank, or the Sheriff’s office (418 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd). The deadline for donations is March 27. For more information call Dr. Pat at 229-7799.