The event is being put on by the Seven Hills Tellers and the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau. Storytellers will be crossing their fingers behind their backs as they tell you “the God’s honest truth” from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 1.
The Big Fibber Contest rules and entry form can be found on the competition’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/TheBigFibbersContest. No walk-up contestants will be allowed to participate, and Monday is the deadline to register.
Debby Brown, who organized the contest in the past for Chieftain’s Museum, wanted to keep up the tradition and decided to bring it to the Civic Center this year.
“We went and asked the Civic Center if they would work with us on putting on the contest,” she said. “So we got together with the storytellers and the convention and visitors bureau, but it will be presented in the same way as year’s past.”
Storytellers 18 years and older will be given from 3 to 8 minutes to tell their best fib. Like in years past, contestants are encouraged to dress up and have fun in the spirit of the day.
“Usually whenever you have this kind of competition, we have time limits to keep people from going on too long,” she said. “No one worries about a minute here or there, but you can’t go over too long.”
Brown, who was until last fall the events director at Chieftain’s, parted ways with the museum and wanted to keep the storytelling event alive because she feels it adds a creative appeal to Rome.
“It’s something that can grow and will eventually bring people to Rome,” she said. “Some cities across the country have writing competitions where hundreds of people come to watch and compete. Hopefully we can be like that one day.”
She also feels the competition helps those who thought they couldn’t tell a story learn they have the ability to spin a yarn.
“They’ll get up there and tell some thing, a fib or something, they find they really can tell stories and it helps people branch out and find that they can do more than they previously thought they could,” Brown said. “They can tell a story.”