Donegal Hopefuls Celebrate New Beards Day

Donegal Hopefuls Celebrate New Beards Day

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A new year means a new beard.

At least it does for the guys competing in the North Country Goes Green Irish Festival's annual Donegal Beard Contest.

For the past eight years, anyone competing in the contest gets a clean shave on New Year's Day.

They have until the Watertown Irish Festival in March to grow out their chinstrap Donegal beards. One competitor says there is a key factor to having a great beard.

"I think leaving it alone,” said Father Stephen Turner, who’s competing for the second time. “I think that's why I didn't do as good last year as I'm hoping to do this year because I kept fussing with it."

The best Donegal beard will be chosen on March 16.

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