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USA Nevada Day: Beard contest draws crowd of competitors

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  1. spnadmin

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    3 Singhs are finalists

    It was a close match Saturday for the “Most Bearded Community” during the Nevada Day festivities, but Virginia City edged out Carson City 38 to 35.

    Prior to the start of the contest, competitors gathered at the legislative amphitheater to compare facial hair and discuss their chances of winning.

    Bob Steward, 62, of Carson City, said this was his first year entering the competition, even though he has been growing his beard for 40 years.

    “I've been growing it pretty much ever since I got out of the Marine Corps,” he said. “I wanted to go for Best in Show, but I don't know if they have that one.”

    Dave Mathiesen, 44, of Carson City, known by a close circle of friends as “Redbeard,” also was in it to win.

    “I've been in this contest every year since the 70s. In 2008, I won Best Groomed; in 2007, I won second place for Best Groomed, and when it was red, I went for Reddest,” he said.

    “My uncle used to look and see if there were enough prizes, and if there were, he'd enter.”

    Bill Migan, 39, of Virginia City, said this was his 12th year entering the beard contest.

    “I won first place for the reddest three times and the rest of the time, I won second place. I've been growing this for 12 years. One day I just got cheap on buying razors,” he said.

    A group of Carson City Sikh men also gathered to enter the competition.

    “We are Sikhs, and we keep our beards our whole lives,” said Malkiat S. Dhami.

    Jaswinder S. Dhami said the group has competed for the past 15 years and explained why Sikhs have beards.

    “Most of the Indian community here is Sikh,” Dhami said, “and you keep everything God has given you mostly all your life.”

    Contest results

    Reddest Beard
    First: Jack Passion, Walnut Creek, Calif.
    Second: Bill Migan, Virginia City
    Third: Eric Klug, Carson City

    Blackest Beard
    First: Montana Albitre, Reno
    Second: Jasbir Singh Sandhu, Carson City
    Third: Harpreet Singh, Carson City

    Whitest Beard
    First: Mohinders Butler, Minden
    Second: Malkiat S. Dhami, Carson City
    Third: Johnnie Osborn, Carson City

    Best Salt-and-Pepper Beard
    First: Robert Gonzalez
    Second: Dave Mathiesen, Carson City
    Third: Bill Cox

    Best Groomed Beard
    First: Ralph Ewing, Dayton
    Second: Montana Albitre, Reno
    Third: Travis Stransky, Virginia City

    Fullest Beard
    First: Tim Graham
    Second: John Bartlet
    Third: Bob Steward, Carson City

    Scruffiest Beard
    First: Stink E, Virginia City
    Second: Mitch Gower, Douglas County
    Third: Lamar Baxla

    Longest Beard
    First: Aarne Bielefeldt, California:
    26 inches
    Second: Jack Passion, Reno: 24 inches
    Third: Keith Alltizer, Minden: 18 inches
    Most Bearded Community

    First: Virginia City: 38
    Second: Carson City: 35
    Third: Douglas County: 2

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  3. Gyani Jarnail Singh

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    this is more showmanship than...just length...many add the sideburns and the moustaches together... and stick them out in weird shapes..ha ha
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