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By Lisa Fischer
Approximately 12 mustachioed and bearded participants took center stage at The Golden Husk to strut their scruff during the Mustache and Beard Contest on Feb. 14.
During the contest, John Ryschon received Best Groomed and Jesse Jensen took accolades for being a Mountain Man. Steffan Baker walked away with an award for Uniqueness while Shawn Koelling and David Carraher earned awards for Audience Choice. It was all just a part of the Happy Hearts Movie Party on Valentine’s Day. The contest took place after those present enjoyed a meal at Jubilee Events & Catering, listened to the live music of Christy Peterson and Cindy Uden and before the classic “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” was shown on The Golden Husk’s big screen.
The Valentine’s Day celebration began with a 2 p.m. matinee show with free coffee and treats. The second show began at 6:15 p.m., which included dinner, music and the movie.
Other Mustache and Beard Contest participants included: Gene McBride, Trevor Lee, Chris Hickey, Roy Farrens, Tyler O’Neel and David Lueck. Winners received cash prizes and gift cards from local barber, Amy Lee, of The Boardroom. Participants were judged upon criteria including: length; fullness; style; sophistication and general maintenance. The contest was part of the themed movie party that featured the 1954 classic “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”. The men in the movie were shown at the beginning with beards and once they tamed their facial hair, they got their brides. Jubilee Catering & Events’ meal of beef stew and the folksy music that was performed also contributed to the evening’s theme.