Friday, January 4, 2013

Shaving Begins for 5th Adirondack Donegal Beard Contest

Participants in the 2013 Adirondack Donegal Beard Contest are shaving their facial hair in preparation for growing their Donegal Beards for this year’s contest to grow the best Irish beard. New beardsman are welcome to take part in the event, which will be held in North Creek on St. Patrick’s Day and is free and open to the public.

The Donegal Beard (also called a Chin-curtain or Lincoln) is a beard that grows along the jaw line and covers the chin – no soul patch, no mustache. Contestants must be clean shaven on or after January 1st. There is no registration necessary. In 2012, more than 20 men participated in the annual beard contest, now in its fifth year.

This year’s contest will take place 4 to 7 pm on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17th, at Basil & Wicks, Route 28, in North Creek, NY. Judging, which is based on Length, Fullness and Style, will begin at 6 pm; prizes will be awarded. There will be beer specials, live music, and corned beef and cabbage.

Photo: Contestants in the 2012 Adirondack Donegal Beard Contest, held at North Creek.

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2 Responses

  1. Ron Vanselow says:

    Hmmm… I haven’t shaved my beard off in more than 30 years. I think I’ll pass. Although my youngest son won this contest the first year.
    I think they should run this contest in June, July, and August. Let the black flies and mosquitoes participate. It would be more sporting that way.

  2. Sally Murphy says:


    I am writing from Donegal in the North West Corner of ireland. We have a diaspora programme running (see website above) and would LOVE to find out more about your Donegal beard competition!! Do you have an email address of someone I could contact, or could someone get in touch with me?