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Donegal beard contest sprouting again

Donegal Beard contestants display their plumage at the 2011 event. This year's Donegal Contest will be held at Basil & Wick’s on Route 28 in North Creek, March 17. Contestants should be clean-shaven on New Year’s Day.

Donegal Beard contestants display their plumage at the 2011 event. This year's Donegal Contest will be held at Basil & Wick’s on Route 28 in North Creek, March 17. Contestants should be clean-shaven on New Year’s Day.

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Perennial Donegal Beard Contestant John Kelly Camp of Chestertown channels the Irish spirit of St. Patty’s day for his impressive beard. This year's Donegal Contest will be at Basil & Wick’s on Route 28 in North Creek March 17. Contestants should be clean-shaven on New Year's Day.

— New Year’s Day marks a new beginning for beards as the fourth annual Adirondack Donegal Beard Contest begins.

Participants in the contest must shave their facial hair Jan. 1 to cultivate their Donegal beards for this year's contest.

The Donegal beard, also called a chin-curtain or Lincoln, is an Irish-style beard that grows along the jaw line and covers the chin — no soul patch, no mustache. Contestants must begin 2012 clean-shaven and grow a Donegal beard by March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.

The contest will be 4 to 7 p.m. at Basil & Wick’s, on 3195 Route 28 in North Creek. Judging will begin at 6 p.m., prizes will be awarded. There will be live entertainment.

New beardsman are welcome to take part in the event, which is free and open to the public.

Judging is based on criteria that includes Manliness, Fullness, Length, Style and Sophistication.

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