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Pegleg Liars Day Confirmed


Last updated 3/8/2017 at 11:41am

Attention all liars, prevaricators, embellishers, Munchausens, fibbers, fabricators, prevaricators, perjurers, windjammers, and tellers of tall tales (but no blasphemers), it’s time once again for the annual Pegleg Smith Liars Contest.

On Saturday, April 1, 2017 (could there be a better day?) prospective contestants and an eager audience will gather at dusk at the Pegleg Smith historical marker at the corner of Pegleg Road and the Borrego Salton Seaway, just east of Borrego Springs, for an evening of stories, music, and who knows what all else.

Contestants should be ready with a brief (no more than five minutes) story about Pegleg Smith and the desert he roamed. Stories will be judged, awards will be handed out, and a good time will be had by all.

Thomas L. “Pegleg” Smith roamed the deserts of the Southwest in the 1830s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, searching for a fabulous lode of black-stained gold that he claimed he found once but could never find again. Some folks are still searching for it today.

The Pegleg Smith Liars Contest was first held in 1949. It was the brainchild of Harry Oliver and Ray Hetherington. The contest continued until the early 1960s, and was revived in 1975 under the leadership of Diana Lindsay.

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