The Bert and I Story Swap and Tall Tales Competition will be held Friday afternoon, Aug. 1, as part of this year’s Maine Lobster Festival in Harbor Park. The event will feature skits, stories and humor in the Bert and I tradition, along with songs and music; interviews with Maine characters; and skits by the Bert and I Players. Audiences are welcome and admission is part of the festival ticket.

Storytellers, liars, tellers of tall tales, amateur humorists, singer/songwriters are all welcome to share a story on stage. There will be cash awards of $50 for the Best Tall Tale, the Best Fisherman’s Lie, the Best New Song (about lobster fishing) and the Best Bert and I Story retold.

Those who have an original story but are too timid to tell it on stage are encouraged to email their stories for performances by the Bert and I Players perform it on stage for you. Submission of humorous skits also is encouraged. The producers of Bert and I, Maine’s most famous storytellers, are looking for fresh stories and new voices for various projects, a new recording and a series of stage and radio shows to be held throughout Maine later this year.

“We’re looking for characters, real and made-up, young and old, male and female, amateur and professional … people who can spin a good yarn as well as perform some of the original Bert and I material on stage,” said David Lyman of Camden, a producer for Bert and I.  The Story Swap at the Lobster Festival is the first of the live auditions the producers will be holding this summer to discover new stories and new voices. Those interested in participating should visit BertandI.ME for rules and how to register. Festival tickets are free for those who appear on stage. Auditions may send email to Auditions@BertandI.ME; say what you’d like to do and send samples, if you can, and contact information.

The show will run from 2 to 4 p.m. in the North Tent.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or