Celebrate St. Patrick’s…by growing a beard?

March 17, 2015

Have you ever considered celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by participating in a beard growing contest? Beginning in 1912, that’s exactly what students in the UW College of Engineering did. The contest originally began to determine who would play St. Patrick during the traditional Spring Celebration.

There were seven characteristics one’s beard could be judged upon: most Lincolnesque, longest, best all-around, best color, puniest, heaviest, and curliest. The Badger Beauties (that’s another blog post) participated by bringing out the rulers and assisting in the beard judging process.

Measuring the beard