"Most Interesting Man" Judges Beard Contest

Once known as “the most interesting man in the world,”Jonathan Goldsmith brought his finely groomed beard to judge the Best Beardies competition in Vermont, hosted by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. His task? Deciding the best looking beard in the Green Mountain State.

Goldsmith thinks a beard can say a lot about the man who’s wearing it. "If it's wild looking, unkempt — that has some statement. If it's immaculately trimmed, it might mean that he keeps a clean desk," he explains."If it's really long, I would say that it's somebody who is his own man and doesn't really care about convention."

This year’s Top Beardie award ultimately went to Chip Fortune of Colchester, Vermont for his mountain man-style beard. Other winners included Troy Headrick for his urban beard, Louie Coli for his freestyle beard, Dillon Mears took home people’s choice, and Steve Jalbert was the top fundraiser. Each won a plaque and a gift card for beard care products and of course the right to brag. The competition also raised $45,000 for Make-a-Wish, which topped the almost $30,000 it raised last year.

Source: Associated Press

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