Kodiak Beard Contest Raises Money For Recycling

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A judge inspects the beards of the top three finalists. Matthew Keyse, center, ultimately took the prize and will be traveling to Anchorage for a shot at the state title of Mr. Fur Face. Dave Masinter photo

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The second annual Kodiak Beard and Moustache Contest drew a good natured crowd to Tony’s Bar Saturday night as both men and women vied for the title of island champion and a chance to compete in the state contest in Anchorage. KMXT’s Jacob Resneck was there.

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The band 40 Miles of Road provides the soundtrack as contest organizer Judi Kidder gets everything prepared. It’s not just a beard contest – there’s also a duct tape wax off and Kidder barely contains her malicious glee in anticipation.

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Proceeds of the event go to Threshold Recycling. Last year about $700 was raised. But for contestants, it’s all about the title shot.

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Despite heavy competition from men and women the prize ultimately goes to Matthew Keyse whose mutton chops are so wide one wonders how he fits through doors.

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We ask Keyse his secret.

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Then it turns to the wax off, clearly a crowd favorite. Two foolish men offer their legs to be stripped bare. Dave Masinter is the first victim.

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But the crowd isn’t satisfied by the blue duct tape’s weak adhesive. So the ever-resourceful Kidder produced the real thing that glistens silver.

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Don Young who had just been sponsored $90 to have his shoulder length hair completely shorn away also volunteer a second try.

In all $642 was raised and new Kodiak beard champion Matthew Keyse is headed to Anchorage next weekend.

I’m Jacob Resneck

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