Beth Gilchrist, of the Craig Centennial committee, shows off how she can grow a beard by pulling her hair forward during a pause at Saturday's beard-growing contest signup at the Centennial Mall. The contest kicks off the Centennial celebration, and contestants are not supposed to shave for 100 days. Beards will be judged April 21, the same day Craig was incorporated 100 years ago.

Photo by Jerry Raehal

Beth Gilchrist, of the Craig Centennial committee, shows off how she can grow a beard by pulling her hair forward during a pause at Saturday's beard-growing contest signup at the Centennial Mall. The contest kicks off the Centennial celebration, and contestants are not supposed to shave for 100 days. Beards will be judged April 21, the same day Craig was incorporated 100 years ago.

Daddy looks weird without beard

Brothers of the Brush contest kicks off Craig Centennial celebration

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— Eight minutes in to holding signups, Mayor Don Jones and Craig Centennial Committee member Beth Gilchrist had 22 people enter the Brothers of the Brush contest.

That included Jim Robertson, whose dad competed in the same beard-growing contest 50 years ago; George Herod, who is competing to encourage his children to enter community events; and the mayor himself, who didn't look like his usual self without his moustache.

"Yeah, Dad did it 50 years ago," Robertson said. "I even got his button."

Brothers of the Brush contestants have to sign up clean-shaven and then grow their beards out for 100 days. They wear buttons that declare them contestants and explain their scruffy appearance, Gilchrist said.

The biggest, thickest, fullest beards will claim prizes at the end of the contest.

Possible prizes include a contest basket with a commemorative centennial hat and coin, concert tickets for a planned July show and some gift certificates or Craig Chamber of Commerce Spree Bucks, Jones said.

Organizers also plan to recognize the best attempt, bestowed upon the person who tried to grow a beard and ended up with a few misshapen circles on their chin.

Other awards may also be given out, Gilchrist said.

In total, the Saturday sign-up at Centennial Mall netted 34 contestants, and three more called Gilchrist later that day to throw their names and beards in the ring.

Not everybody plans to win, but they do it for the fun.

"I don't think I have enough testosterone in me," said Herod, a father who is encouraging his children to be involved in the community. "It's fun for (the kids) because they've never seen me without a beard."

It's been about 15 years since Herod shaved clean, he said.

Others are a little more serious, if that word can be used to describe someone in a beard-growing contest.

Surveying the baby-faced crowd at the mall Saturday, Robertson didn't see a whole lot of stiff competition.

"Oh yeah, I can beat them all," he said, though he gave himself slimmer chances to take the whole thing.

Robertson, who has lived in the area all his life, won the costume contest for the city's 75th birthday in 1973. He was a gunslinger, with two real six-shooters on his hips.

"No sense in dressing up if they're not real," Robertson said.

Anyone interested in signing up for the contest can call Gilchrist at 824-3986.

Collin Smith can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

Comments

grannyrett 6 years, 11 months ago

How fun! Just talked to my son yesterday, and he told me he has entered the contest. Told him his grandfather and great-grandfather had entered it 50 years ago. How fun is that! Good luck to all, but more luck to my boy! It will probably take him 100 days just to get a good 5'oclock shadow, but he is going to have fun trying. LOL

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