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Edgecombe County Town Temporarily 'Outlaws' Shaving

Posted March 20, 2001

— A big 100th birthday is in store for the small Edgecombe County town of Macclesfield. With the special occasion, people are reviving an old tradition that leaves razors gathering dust.

The town board has "decreed" that all men grow their beards until May 12, the day Macclesfield turns 100. Organizers say it is an old English tradition for special occasions.

Some of the town's women are having a hard time adjusting to the hairy faces. Some men are also having an unpleasant experience.

"I'm not enjoying the hair below the goat," said Chris Royal, a member of the town's beard-growing committee. "It is itching tremendously."

You can join the town's 100th birthday celebration by attending a 10 a.m. downtown parade on May 12.


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