Showdown at The Shelter: Beard Off 2011
OU News Bureau
Beards and music were everywhere Dec. 4 during Beard Off 2011 at The Shelter under St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit.
Jeff McDermott, 27, won a trophy for the best beard as judged by the crowd gathered to hear music from the bands Virginia Wolf, Undesirable People, The Malcontent, Wilson and Group Therapy. Great Lakes Trophies & Engraving provided the trophy.
McDermott said he began growing his beard in June.
“Usually, I was lazy about shaving,” said Aaron Bond, 24. He started growing his beard in September. “Once you get past the awkward part with the itchiness, you know it’ll go good.”
Brad Canze, 24, of Midland said he previously had grown a beard, shaved and realized he didn’t like his face. So back it came. Canze said that his beard helps people take him seriously at his brewery job.
Allen, 23, said he had grown his beard out for No Shave November, a tradition among some men of growing facial hair in November. He plays guitar in the band Undesirable People, one of the Beard Off bands.
Chad Nicefield, 28, said he grew his beard for his girlfriend and also for his band, Wilson. He has been growing his beard for a little less than two years.
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