East County News Service
Photo: Pegleg Smith state historical marker; CC by SA-NC
February 17, 2023 (Borrego Springs, CA) – Telling a whopper is usually taboo. But at the Peg Leg Liars Contest, named for the purported discoverer of a yet-to-be-found treasure in black gold, you can win prizes for spinning the best tall tale.
After a two year hiatus due to COVID, the contest will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at the American Legion Post, 4515 Borrego Springs Road in Borrego Springs (across from La Casa del Zorro). The contest starts at dusk.
Begun informally in 1916 and formally in 1948, the event is the longest ongoing story-telling competition in the West.