Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: November 26 @ 10:03pm
In 1969, my Grandfather, C.F. McGee, participated in a six-week beard contest on the occasion of the Lawrence County (TN) Sesquicentennial. He came in 3rd, (or "he placed 2nd and it looked like a raccoon" according to my grandmother) and had this picture taken. It is framed with wood from a barn on my Great-Great-Grandfather's land in West Point, TN.

During the celebration all the men of the town were required to grow a beard or they would be thrown in jail, which actually happened to the mayor of Lawrenceburg. Here's a couple of pictures of my grandparents on that day: one, two.

Forty years later, I'm thankful to be in a whiskerino with all of you fine fellows!


Shotgun Willie says:
that is the best grandfather story ever!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 10:07pm -
Ned Kelly says:
That is the most fabulous story Ive heard for a long time. It should be made into a movie. Great!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 10:09pm -
MrMaggie says:
Thanks, its a story I've been wanting to share for years, literally. I was unable to shoot this for whiskerino 2007 because I spent all the holidays with my in-laws and didn't see my grandparents that winter.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 10:16pm -
Patchy Stache says:
Amazing story, great photograph. *appluase*
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 10:38pm -
BryanHunter says:
So the mayor of Lawrenceburg was in the hardcore Hall of Shame. Ha ha! Great story and a super pictures. Thanks for sharing the two extras.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 10:39pm -
Fofe says:
Great photo and story. You obviously come from some quality beard growing stock! Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 11:07pm -
Johnny Rebellious says:
Such a great story and some fine looking photos!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 11:43pm -
bradwayland says:
great story!
Posted: Nov 30th, 2009 - 6:37am -
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