Flaming Pants Invitational

Saturday, March 14
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Civic Center Stage

Join us as some of the best liars in the state gather for a verbal slap down. (This is an amateur competition. Members of the State Legislature are barred from entering.) Note: Our judges cannot be bought or bribed. (At least, not cheaply!)

Competing this year are:

Decee Cornish

Teller and oral historian provides programs for students of all ages: Black History, Texas History, the Civil War, tall tales, legends and myths from around the globe.​ Four-time winner in Texas State Liar’s contest, 2015 NSN Story Slam National Champion, and Amon Carter Museum Outstanding Performer for presentations as the Negro Seminole Indian Scout “Gator Bill”. deceecornish.com


James Ford

James is a writer and storyteller who blends both pathos and humor into his personal history and family stories, telling at Texas Tale Telling Festival, National Storytelling Festival, Spring Arts Festival, George West Storyfest, Patchwork of Storytelling Festival, Texas Folk life Festival, Haunting in the Hills Festival and Big South Fork National Parks Festival. drroffe@sbcglobal.net


Donna Ingham

As a humorist and folklorist, Donna takes the ancient art of storytelling and gives it a Texas twist, sharing tall tales, folk tales, historical, and personal stories told only as a Texan could – or would. She is the 2007 recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award. www.donnaingham.com



Shayne Larango

Shayne is the StorySource for Ten-gallon Texas Tales and reigning “Biggest Liar in Texas” awarded by the George West Storyfest. She tells stories around Tejas, the USA, and as far away as Istanbul. A Sugar-Coated Hellcat who dearly loves to laugh, she believes even serious stories deserve a celebratory atmosphere. shaynelarango.com

Sheila Starks Phillips

The 2005 recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award, Sheila has twice been a Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. Most recently Sheila was featured for the second time at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Lehi, Utah. She and Millie Kitty live in Sugar Land. www.sheilaphillips.com


Jay Stailey

First featured in 1990, Jay has returned to Denton as a teller, emcee, workshop presenter, artistic director, volunteer, and even labyrinth facilitator. It’s the Texas Storytelling Festival that provided the impetus and inspiration for Jay Stailey the author, recording artists, professor, and producer. Thanks for 35 years of storytelling joy. jaystailey@sbcglobal.net

Larry Thompson

Award-winning storyteller and cowboy poet Larry has been in front of listeners for more than 30 years. Larry is at home helping the audience laugh, learn, and let loose. He has told stories on mountain tops and in valleys from New Mexico to South Carolina. Whether the stage is a campfire ring, an RV park, a fancy theater, or a back porch, Larry brings a one-of-a-kind talent. www.texasstorytelling.com