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Best liar comes from Oconto Falls

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The Burlington Liars' Club has finally announced its World Champion Lie for 2008.

The winning fib is normally unveiled before the start of the New Year - and the club didn't even try to lie about why it was late.

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Anyway, the winner is Garth Seehawer, 71, of Oconto Falls.

His yarn was about a grandson who could be a con man. Seehawer said "My grandson is the most persuasive lair I have ever met. By the time he was two-years-old, he could dirty his diaper, and make his mother believe someone else had done it."

Seehawer's entry was among 160 in this year's contest. He's a retired business lawyer and he jokes that his background gave him an advantage.

The Burlington Liars' Club was started in 1929, when reporters Mannel Hahn and Otis Hulett fibbed about a lying contest between the local police and fire departments.

The police chief won after he claimed he never told a lie.

Today, the club has about 2,000 members from around the world.

It costs $1 to get in and you get to submit an endless number of fibs every year.

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