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Vandalia bakers contest winners and liars announced

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 11:20 PM

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia's biggest liars and best bakers took home top prizes on Saturday during West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration at the state Capitol.

The winners of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's Liars Contest, which is part of the Vandalia Gathering, are:

Biggest Liar (first place and Goldenseal magazine's Golden Shovel award): Adam Booth, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Bigger Liar (second place): Gary Buchanan, Creston, W.Va.

Big Liar (third place): Scott Hill, Ghent, W.Va.

Youth (age 15 and under, and Goldenseal magazine's Golden Shovel award): Jackson Sorrells, South Charleston, W.Va.

Winners Vandalia Gathering baking contests are:

Pound Cake (all ages): first place: Ella Hoffman, South Charleston

Cupcakes (all ages): first place, Ella Hoffman, South Charleston; second place, Cassandra Atkins, Charleston; third place, Judy Grigoraci, Charleston; youth (age 15 and under, $25), Chelsea Newcomer, Charleston.

Maple Cookies (all ages): first place, Judy Grigoraci, Charleston; second place, Ella Hoffman, South Charleston.

The annual Vandalia Gathering is a free celebration of the traditional arts, music, dance, stories, crafts and foods of West Virginia. The Culture Center and State Capitol Complex grounds play host to this expanding family-style gathering each year on Memorial Day weekend. This year's celebration was delayed to coincide with West Virginia's 150th anniversary.

For more information, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner and communications manager for the Division, at 304-558-0220.

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