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March 29, 2014

The manly art of mustache

ENID, Okla. — In celebration of the manly art of growing a mustache, as well as silly shenanigans of manliness, Government Springs Park was taken over Saturday by the 2014 Moustache March.

The annual fundraiser for charities chosen by mustache ambassadors drew a crowd to cheer, jeer and hoot, as well as toss money in the pot for worthwhile charities.

Travis Nance, president of the Oklahoma City Beard Club and third-place winner at the 2011 World Beard and Moustache Championship in Norway, served as emcee and introduced this year’s mustache ambassadors to the crowd:

• Robert Barron raised money for Enid SPCA;

• Robert Beurlot raised money for Community Development Support Association;

• Brian Kaiser raised money for YWCA Enid;

• Jeff Molnar raised money for 4RKids Foundation; and

• Justin Winbolt raised money for Enid Community Clinic.

Nance’s introductions were not without good-natured pokes at the contestants.

Barron, Nance said, had “one of the more villainous-looking mustaches.”

“I’m a Snidely Whiplash fan,” Nance said.

Kaiser got a jab from Nance as well.

“Brian’s mustache has had chest hair since it was 12 years old,” Nance said. “When he’s asked how long he’s been growing that thing, he says, ‘I just shaved first thing this morning.’”

After introductions, the silly feats of strength and shenanigans commenced with back wrestling.

Youth and strength were no match for old age and cunning when Dale Denwalt, a reporter for Enid News & Eagle, sat down to back wrestle retired reporter Barron. Barron made fast work of driving Denwalt’s right shoulder to the ground.

The butt-boxing competition brought 10 men and two women to bend over, lock their hands behind their knees and knock down the competition.

Cameron Kaiser, whose husband, Brian, was a mustache ambassador, won the pin-up girl competition like any 1940s woman who knows how to score points with a man. Wearing a polka-dot dress and spike heels with an apron, she sweetly announced to the three male judges that she’d brought cookies for them.

The day’s activities also included a beer-drinking relay among teams of four that each paid $100 to enter, and a burger cook-off that cost $25 to enter.

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