As we all get geared up to celebrate Ellsworth’s 250th Anniversary, and to reflect the struggles and sacrifices of our forefathers, it seems only appropriate to have the village look as it did 250 years ago. It has been proposed that the men of Ellsworth stop shaving for a few months.


The growth can be either a beard, goatee, chin-whiskers, van dyke, mutton chops, mustache, sideburns, or any other acceptable facial hairy growth of such length and full luxuriance as to be readily seen at a distance of eight paces. These worthy men shall henceforth be known as “Brothers of the Brush”.

To enter the Sestercentennial Beard Growing contest, you must register by filling out this application to be submitted to Hairbenders Salon, Sargent Real Estate, Harmon Tire or the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce.  Extra applications will be available at these locations as well.

Brothers of the Brush pins are $10.00 to any man who enters the contest. Those who desire to remain clean-shaven and yet still participate in this contest may purchase a shaving permit valid for the duration of this momentous occasion. Permit pins may be purchased for $12.00.  Registration fees will benefit the development of the new Knowlton Park. 

The contest will officially begin on April 1, 2013.

Pictures of each clean shaven contestant should be emailed or dropped of to Hairbenders Salon which will be division headquarters.  Also, pictures may be posted on HAIRBENDERS face book page.  

Awards will be given in each category for longest, whitest, and most unusual. Special awards will be given for oldest contestant, youngest contestant, and best overall beard. Judging will take place during the big Sestercentennial Celebration Weekend, July 27th, 2013.