Nevada Day: Comstock reclaims title of hairiest chins
The capital city couldn’t keep its title as most bearded community after 54 of Virginia City’s hairiest beat out the 32 bearded Carsonites in Saturday’s Nevada Day beard contest.
The scene on the steps of the Capitol looked like a cross between the Old West and a ZZ Top convention as dozens of bearded men competed for titles such as the longest, reddest, blackest and best groomed beards.
Virginia City residents won five of the nine categories on Saturday. One Carson City man took home a first place prize for blackest beard while a Las Vegas resident won for the whitest beard.
Sporting a waterfall of a red beard that nearly reaches his waist, California resident and world beard champion Jack Passion came to Carson City on Saturday to compete against some of Nevada’s hairiest.
Passion, who took first place at the 2007 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Brighton, England, with his long, ginger beard, said Carson City’s contest marks the end of season for those on the beard competition circuit.
“I definitely have some competition,” Passion said. “Some of these guys have some gnarly beards … this is a physiological battle.”
While Passion took first place in the reddest beard competition, he came half an inch shy of winning the longest beard title, losing to fellow California resident Aarne Bielefeldt, whose gray beard measured 22 inches.
“Half and inch? I mean, there should have been a recount,” said Passion, who carries a brush for his beard. “So I’m going to come back next year and I’m going to win it crystal clear. Mark
Nevada Supreme Court Justices Mark Gibbons and Ron Parraguirre judged the competition.
Robert Gonzalez of Virginia City said they lost the most bearded community contest last year because a friend had opened a new bar the night before – keeping many at home the next morning on Nevada Day.
“Well, last year, the Carson boys got us,” Gonzalez said. “We’re all friends, but we came back strong and moved together and made sure everybody had a ride.”
Charles Porchia, who has been running the contest for 15 years, said he is stepping down this year. Michael Luke and Norm Luke of Carson City will run the competition in 2010.
Jerry Young, Las Vegas
Ray Smith, Dayton
Wilson Donaldson, Virginia City
Salt and Pepper:
Rick Brotherton, Virginia City
Robert Gonzalez, Virginia City
Kevin Griffith, Sonoma, Calif.
Travis Stransky, Virginia City
Bob Whitemore, Virginia City
Mase Zimmerman, Denville, Calif.
Jack Kras, Virginia City
Hank Berry, Virginia City
Steve Shesler, Carson City
Jack Passion, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Brian Gala, Sparks
Bill Migan, Virginia City
Aarne Bielefeldt, Willits, Calif.
Jack Passion, Walnut Creek, Calif
Keith Altlizer, Minden
Jasbir Singh Sandhu, Carson City
Kulwant S. Mandi, Carson City
Kewal Sekhon, Reno
“StinkE,” Virginia City
Henry James, Virginia City
Reid Slayden, Virginia City
Most Bearded Community:
Virginia City: 54
Carson City: 32
Washoe County: 2
Douglas County: 2
Las Vegas: 1