WHEELING, W.Va. -- What better way to celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday than with beer and beards?
River City Aleworks will host Wheeling Beers & Beards June 21 to coincide with sesquicentennial celebrations.
Organizer Jeremy Morris of the Wheeling National Heritage Area said the free event will not only dole out prizes for the best beards but also celebrate beards and mustaches in styles popular during the Civil War era.
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 barefaced went to charity.