Here's your chance fellas to tuck the razor away in storage for a while.

Back by popular demand, and in the spirit of our lumberjack forefathers, New York Mills will hold a beard-growing contest as part of this summer's "Blast From the Past" 125th Anniversary Celebration.

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It's a simple contest - grow a beard from now until the July 3 contest, maybe win a modest prize, and carry the prestigeous title of "Champion Beard-Grower of New York Mills" for the next 25 years. The winner will be announced at the picnic on Sunday, July 5.

Organizers are busy setting events for the July 3-5 weekend, which will be full of events and activities as hundreds are expected to pour into town Friday through Sunday. Special events like the beard-growing contest announced this week will be added to the schedule over the next couple months.

The parade and street dance is Friday, July 3. Lund Boats will also hold a fishing tournament on Friday. The top 10 teams from the tournament will take part in the parade, with the fishing tournament winner announced after the parade in Central Park prior to the start of the street dance.

Also on Friday, the time capsule located in Central Park will be opened before the parade. Food vendors will be set up in Central Park on Friday to feed people in town for the parade and street dance.

An old car show will be held on Saturday, July 4 on Main Street, starting at 10 a.m. The street will be blocked off much of that day to allow food vendors to set up and people to move about freely. Registration will take place at the Cultural Center. Anyone interested in participating in the old car show should contact Ron Windels.

Other activities on Saturday include a pancake breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m., old-time photos at the Bar on Main, and ballgame and fireworks that night.

The Sunday, July 5 picnic will be catered by the Eagles Cafe and will feature entertainment such as bagpipers and a community band.

A special project celebrating the history of local businesses will take place at the school over the weekend. Businesses are invited to put together historical displays of photographs and written history for public viewing at the school.

One such bit of local history to be celebrated is the Dairy Bar, which will no doubt bring back fond ice cream memories.

Those looking for lodging in the area for the weekend can consider camping at Finn Creek or on property adjacent to the V.F.W.