1940 The Birth of Whiskerino

In 1940 the first Whiskerino Contest got its start, sponsored by the Ford City Merchants, and a Kangaroo Court was held to deal harshly, with those clean shaven lads who wouldn't grow a beard. Other events included a rodeo, the civic luncheon, the queen's contest and a talent show. Below is a scene from the 1940 celebration. Standing in front of the portable stokageg, in complete Oildorado attire, are (from left) Paul Gibbs, Roscoe Bogle, Bernice Bogle, Jimmy Kelsay, Ace Kelsay, Thelma Beshears and Wesley Beshears.