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Pioneer Hall: Beard Growing

Pioneer Hall: Beard Growing

August 21, 2021

Men from across the state entered their prized whiskers in the Beard Growing contest held Tuesday, August 17, at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Complete results below:

Longest Beard

1) Harold Stephenson, 64, Linn

2) Tie Marc Van Donselaar, 49, Pella

2) Tie Steve Hellman, 62, Ankeny

3) Mathew Crispen, 38, Carlisle

Best Groomed

1) Andy Brindley, 40, Carlisle

2) Marc Empson, 67, Ames

3) Tie Jerry Landgrebe, 64, Newton

3) Tie Frank Viola, 51, Des Moines

Most Unique Beard Design

1) DaNeta W. Rundlett, 30, Vinton

2) Marc Empson, 67, Ames

3) David Timson, 34, Saint Peters, MO

Most Historic Beard

1) Brett Barker, 37, Nevada

2) Greg Malory, 59, Des Moines

3) Tim Smith, 58, Cambridge

Best Beard Design with Costume

1) Tim Smith, 58, Cambridge

2) Frank Gale, 76, Creston

3) Jerry Landgrebe, 64, Newton

The contest was part of “Rural Americana Olde Tyme Competitions” in Farm Bureau Pioneer Hall. A first prize of $5 and ribbons were awarded to each class.