Worth Knowing: Colchester Man Wins Best Beard in Vermont Contest

A contest to choose the man with the best beard in Vermont has given top honors to a man sporting mountain man-style facial hair. The event benefits Make-a-Wish Vermont, the organization that helps grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Organizers say Saturday’s contest brought in $45,000.  

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The contest’s 2018 Top Beardie was Chip Fortune, of Colchester, whose unkempt beard won over the judges.

Other winners were: Troy Headrick, of Burlington, urban beard; Louie Coli, of Westford, freestyle beard; Dillon Mears, of Plainfield, people’s choice; and Steve Jalbert, of Barre, top fundraiser.

They receive a plaque, a gift card for beard care products and bragging rights.

Celebrity judges included “the most interesting man in the world” Jonathan Goldsmith, who formerly promoted Dos Equis beer, and 2017’s Top Beardie Bryan Sturge.

Tip from 2018 contestant and top fundraiser Jalbert of Barre: "The biggest thing is you have to have patience. It doesn't grow fast." It's not too soon to start planning and growing for next year's contest.

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