1937/TALL/TALES/GAZETTE/HATHAWAY/JONES/TALL/TALES/FESTIVAL/BAGNELL/OREGON/ON-LINE/UNDERGROUND/NEWS/PUBLICATION/ELLENSVILLE/1937

HATHAWAY JONES
TALL TALES FESTIVAL A BIG SUCCESS

article by ;
DOC 'Hollywood' JONES

Sunday, Febuary 29, 2014 Bagnell, Oregon

WOW, is about the only way to describe the fun.
Held
every September 21st @ the Bagnell-Dome in Bagnell @7pm.

The plush appointments of the amphitheater were supplied by Stuart X, former owner of the now named 'Santa Anita Lodge'. Leather high back chairs, smoking jackets and vast amounts of taxidermy displays brought an ambiance to the proceedings. The sound system was provided by the rock group Blind Lemon, their roadies did a magnificent job setting up the stage. The crowd of thousands was duly impressed.

Tellers of TALL TALES from all over the world competing in the ultimate TALL TALES TELL OFF.

There was a full slate of TALES from the likes of "city council Sue", Ray "spiderman" Hamilton, Mark Twain, William "jeff" Clinton just to mention some of the many who participated.
The crowd was filled with a list of who's who in the entertainment field, with luminaries such as; Hollywood Stuntman & Producer Jack Gill, with his elegant wife Morgan, 15 time NHRA Funny Car Champion John 'brute' Force, Bill 'the spin stops here' O'Reilly, members of City Council, some folks from Los Angeles, Flora Dell, lead singer from the group 'the Agness Five' and so many more.

The program was emceed by the over qualified,
SCOTT 'is it rainin' outside' CREWUS.

( Great job AGAIN Scott )This years judges were;
(names withheld to protect them from thrown vegtables & the like.)

Hathaway Jones
(1870 - 1937) mail carrier and teller of tall tales,was even seen coaching some of the finalists back stage, before the BIG show.

 

The trophy made in 2002 by World renowned artist: S.K. Hughes of Bagnell, Oregon is made of locally harvested Myrtlewood.

Standing almost three feet high it includes an antique mail pouch containing copies of winners names and their tall tales. Also included is the local paper heralding the winners of that years event.

Each year the trophy is passed on to the next winner. And is required to be placed in a place available for public viewing.

The show started of with the musical talents of the BEACH BELLES. Their rendition of the classic Jimmy Hendricks from Woodstock playing the National Anthem was spectacular to say the least. Who knew that those types of sounds could come from a piano.

Celebrity Security was provided by;
E. C. Manning
Risk Mitigation Services
.
They also provided protection for the celebrity look-a-likes, they kept the ballots secret until the last minute and guarded the prize monies as well as the traveling trophy.
No shots were fired. Although there will be some arrests forthcoming.

All involved did a great job under the guidance of WALT, BERNICE & RAFE T. along with the FRIENDS of HATHAWAY JONES committee.
This reporter plans on being there again next year, AND SO SHOULD YOU !
This is a must see event.

Next years event will be held at Madison Square Gardens, Candelstick Park, weather depending, so be sure to check on-line with the TallTalesGazette.com for further updates and a last minute change of venue.

FEB. 29, 2014







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SEE WHO THE WINNERS ARE ON PAGE TWO

The Tall Tales Gazette IS NOT Associated With The Tall Tales Festival Or The Friends Of Hathaway Jones.
The Inclusion Of That Festival's Results Are For Entertainment Purposes ONLY.


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