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Celeb treatment for bearded men at Donegal contest

J.K. Camp dances a jig for the cheering crowd at the fourth annual Donegal beard contest March 17.

J.K. Camp dances a jig for the cheering crowd at the fourth annual Donegal beard contest March 17. Photo by John Grybos.

— “I refuse to wear a costume, that’s why,” said Toboggan. “It’s the man that makes the beard, not the costume.”

The entrants lined up just outside the barroom, and paraded into the building one by one while the announcers emceeing the event were drowned out by the exuberant onlookers.

Strutting into the bar from the patio, Dan Pratt, who finished in second place, got loud cheers from the ladies in the audience. The bear-faced Toboggan’s fans were more deep-throated, as the fellows in the audience cheered on the manly beard.

In a quieter costume than Meehan’s leprechaun, Jack Leggett placed third, taking the victory for style. He said he scavenged much of his apparel from the thrift shop at the town dump.

Judge Lindsey Duval said it was really tough to pick out a victor, but fullness was the deciding factor this year.

Second at third places earned some novelty shirts and gift cards for the restaurants, and the best-bearded Toboggan took home the coveted bottle of Jameson.

“Everybody saw through the gimmick,” said Toboggan, who displayed his Irish trophy proudly, “and saw the beard for what it was.”

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