Razor ready: Benton men eager for a shave

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 | 3:53 p.m. CDT

BENTON— It has been more than four months since many men in Benton put away their razors for a beard-growing contest to celebrate the small southeast Missouri town's sesquicentennial.

On Saturday, they get to shave. And many can't wait.

Contestants gather Saturday night at the Benton ballpark to have their beards judged in three categories: longest, wooliest and best-groomed. The Sikeston Standard-Democrat reports they will then be escorted to a barber chair and shaved.

The contest began April 24.

Resident Sterling Proctor says he's been called a woolly mammoth, Sasquatch and other names since he began growing the beard. He's ready to get rid of it.

But residents say the high volume of participants shows the commitment to the community.


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