Oak Harbor firefighters and police officers battled Friday night to see who could grow the most manly of male adornments — the mustache.
The men had one month to turn bare skin and testosterone into luxurious lip warmers.
This year, firefighter Paul Schroer took top honors for “Best Mustache” with a simple, smooth dark caterpillar.
For those who are more follically challenged, there were categories aptly named “Other” and “Worst.”
Fire Department Capt. Craig Anderson described the “Worst” category as best for men with “three hairs fighting over their left nostril.”
Firefighter Dylan Dahl’s wistful wisps crushed that category.
Women aren’t excluded from competition. Firefighters Genevieve Cox and Lolly Titherington sported some of the fullest and most fabulous ’staches of the evening. But their secret involved adhesive.
Firefighter Dustin Amundson couldn’t be beaten in the “Other” category. His facial preparation and wardrobe closely resembled the title character of the television show “My Name is Earl.”
Capt. Anderson’s own facial growth was versatile enough to enter the “Worst” or “Other” categories. The world’s teensiest weed whacker may have attacked the thin bristled bar across his upper lip.
As emcee for the evening, he didn’t compete.
“I was trying to do something but didn’t quite pull it off,” he said.
For some, facial hair wasn’t enough.