Grow Those Beards! Time For The Donegal Contest
Several Watertown-area residents got cleaned up, clean cut, and clean shaven Tuesday, but not for long.
It was the kick-off of the Donegal beard-growing contest at Sportsman's Barbershop in Watertown.
The contest is sponsored by the North Country Goes Green Irish Festival.
Contestants have until March 15 to grow the best Donegal possible.
Past winners and contestants agree the competition is a lot of fun.
"It's just a lot of fun," said Matt Kirkwood, who is in the contest for a third time, "and it's a real easy contest to just grow a beard in that shape for three months."
"I couldn't think of anything better than to come out with a bunch of guys on New Year's Day and shave off a beard for a fresh New Year," said previous winner Steve Hunt, "and then spend the next 15 weeks, or whatever it is, growing out a nice, new one."
Prizes will be given for the most colorful, best accessorized, and the very best Donegal.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Watertown, NY
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