Archive for Thursday, January 5, 2006

Beard-growing contest to highlight Basehor fest

January 5, 2006

As the saying says, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

The first Basehor Dairy Days -- an upcoming summer festival -- will pay homage to the city's history -- and, in particular, the city's founders, Reuben and Ephraim Basehor. And, organizers believe, what better way to salute the town fathers than by sporting the same wild, man-of-the-frontier whiskers that the Basehor brothers did more than a century ago?

This week, the Basehor Dairy Days organizing committee announced that it would sponsor a "Basehor Brothers Beard Growing Contest," which is set to begin Thursday, Jan. 12.

Those entering the contest will register -- clean-shaven -- with Paul Runnels, owner and operator of Hair Mechanix, 2820 N. 155th St., Basehor

Runnels, after verifying that registrants are clean-shaven, will take "before" photographs of those entering.

The contest will conclude Saturday, June 3, at the festival.

Although organizers are still finalizing details, the festival will include live music, dairy memorabilia, a parade, carnival games, food, crafts and numerous other activities. Any community member with photographs or other items relating to the Basehor's past or its distinguished history of dairy production is asked to contact the Basehor Historical Society, (913) 724-2830.

Anyone who is interested in helping organize the festival, or who needs more information about the beard-growing contest, is asked to contact Jenne Laytham, (913) 724-2828, or Debbie Breuer, (913) 724-9901.

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