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A St. Patrick's Day face-ff in a small Texas town. The Shamrock, TX beard growing contest.
Growin' A Beard is a hilarious 30 minute documentary that follows the men of Shamrock, TX (and a hairy outsider) as they compete in the town's annual Beard Growing Contest. | Add synopsis »
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Scott McAfee ... Hairy Outsider
Richard Smith ... Enters every 10 years
Roy Wardlow ... Searching for Second

Directed by
Mike Woolf 
Produced by
Mike Woolf .... producer
Original Music by
The Gourds 
Cinematography by
Cressandra Thibodeaux 
Mike Woolf 
Andrew Yates 
Film Editing by
Seth Sherman 
Art Department
Craig Denham .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Shayna Brown .... sound mixer

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The documentary inspired the St. Arnold Brewing Co. in Houston to hold their own annual Donegal Beard Growing contest.See more »


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What a fun 30 minutes, 25 April 2006
Author: ethylester from Michigan

I really enjoyed this lighthearted film about a beard growing contest in Shamrock, Texas. It's entertaining, humorous and unique. You get to see old men try to grow a Donogal beard which they begin on January 1, until St. Patrick's Day. They are then judged for best beard after the St Patrick's Day parade! You also get to see a younger and very hairy man enter the contest to compete with the older men who have been in the contest for years. He is an outsider and first-timer to this contest. He believes he stands a fair chance because of his thick, dark natural hair growth.

There is also a cute old man who claims a mystery person from Ireland mailed him some "chlorophyl pills" that are taken to make a man's beard turn green! Another man, who won 3rd place in the contest last year, already has a place saved on his wall for the 1st and 2nd place plaques, one of which he plans confidently on winning.

Each man has his pride and special rituals about growing his own beard. Like mixing toothpaste into his shaving cream and putting it in the microwave.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone with a sense of humor and to anyone who knows or is a hairy guy or a guy with a beard.

Also, I might add that the 72oz steak 10 minute short on the DVD is worth watching. It's about the contest they have at the Big Texan restaurant in Amarillo, TX, where if you eat the whole thing plus your dinner roll, potato, shrimp cocktail and some other stuff, you get your meal free and your name goes on the wall of fame. If not, you pay $50. It's pretty hilarious and it might even make you never want to eat again!

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