A dozen contestants participated in the 3rd Annual Adirondack Donegal Beard Contest held at Basil & Wick's in North Creek on St. Patrick's Day. Contestants were judged on length, fullness, style. The winner of this year's Best Donegal award was Dan Meehan of Saranac Lake, first row, far right (No. 7). The runner-up was Josh Nichols of Saratoga, first row, far left. And the winner for Best Effort was Mike Todriff of Chestertown, top row, far right (No. 12). The contest was open to beardsmen who were clean shaven on or after Jan. 1, 2011 and grew a Donegal beard by St. Patrick's Day. A Donegal beard is a traditional Irish beard that grows along the jaw line and covers the chin - no soul patch, no mustache.