6-11-13 ‘Beers & Beards’ celebrates W.Va.’s 150th birthday

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — What better way to celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday than with beer and beards?

River City Aleworks is hosting Wheeling Beers & Beards on June 21 to coincide with sesquicentennial celebrations.

Organizer Jeremy Morris of the Wheeling National Heritage Area says the free event will not only dole out prizes for the best beards but celebrate peculiar Civil War beards and mustaches.

During the Civil War, steel was needed for military supplies, so razors were expensive and hard to come by.

Shaving on the battlefield was risky, too, because of the unsanitary conditions and the threat of infection.

In past statehood celebrations, some West Virginia communities outlawed shaving. Fines from those who went bare-faced went to charity.

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