Beard contest draws four

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During the second annual Beard of the Year contest Saturday , the winners were, from left, Roy Sweet of Mayfield, the longest beard for the second year in a row; Roy Mowrey of Gloversville, the most creative beard; Mark Ellithorpe of Gloversville, an award for participtaing; and Charles Potter of Gloversville, the most creative beard runner-up. The contest was held at the third annual Connecting Our Generations Health Expo at the Johnstown Area Communty Center. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

JOHNSTOWN — Saturday’s second annual tongue-in-cheek Beard of the Year contest Saturday at the Johnstown Area Community Center left no man the loser.

“I would like to thank my mother and father for making this possible,” quipped Roy Mowry of Gloversville as he received the coveted most creative beard award.

“I would like to thank my genes,” said Charles Potter of Gloversville, creative beard runner-up.

Roy Sweet of Mayfield got the longest beard award for the second year in a row—with no contestant coming even close, and Mark Ellithorpe of Gloversville got an award just for showing up.

“It’s a fun event,” said Irena Gelman, director of Fulton County Public Health, which co-sponsored the third annual Connecting Our Generations Health Expo.

She said seven men were expected but only four came.

“It’s weather dependent,” Gelman explained.

Making the tough calls were judges Julie Mead, a cosmetology instructor at the HFM Career and Technology Center, and her students Jessica Calhoun and Nicole Riska, both of Johnstown, and Arianna Coffin of Gloversville. The decisions of the judges are final. (The students did get extra credit for being there.)

Since most of the visitors to the Expo are women, the beard contest was conceived as a way to draw more men, said Gelman.

And it succeeded, sort of.

By Patricia Older

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