For the second consecutive year, Len Moss won the “Mark Twain Stache” contest, one of three divisions in the mustache contest during the Mark Twain Birthday Bash on Saturday, Nov. 25.

For the second consecutive year, Len Moss won the “Mark Twain Stache” contest, one of three divisions in the mustache contest during the Mark Twain Birthday Bash on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Moss later explained he first grew a mustache in the U.S.Navy, “but I had to keep it neat,” and he shaved it off. In 1969 after retiring from the Navy he again grew a mustache, and it was originally red. One time he decided to shave it, Moss said, but “I was told I looked better with it,” so he grew it again.

When he introduced the mustache contest at the Mark Twain Museum Gallery, Henry Sweets, executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, noted that “Len Moss will be 101 years old in two weeks.” Sweets reported the contest entry fees of $5 will be donated to the James Cary Cancer Center.

The “Manliest Stache” winner was Officer Victor Matthews of the Hannibal Police Department, who normally has a mustache.

Winner of the “Dapper Stache” division was Joseph Dyer of Monroe City. He explained he has had his mustache “about three or four years, since I got into Steampunk.”

The contest was judged by Hannibal's Toms and Beckys.

Becky (Jade Thomas), who helped judge the “dapper” division, said it was hard to decide.

Tom (Sam Hirner), who judged this division with Becky, said it was difficult, “because they looked picture perfect.”

Another Becky, Kendel Locke, helped judge the “manliest” and later said, “Everybody's mustache was cool.”

Among the additional contestants were Steven Falck of Fort Myers, Fla., who has had his mustache since 1972, Peter Lebron and Dave Schlembach.

 

Mask contest winners named

 

Also during the Mark Twain Birthday Bash, winners of a masquerade mask contest were announced by Sweets. The masks were already on display in the Museum Gallery.

Winners were Lisa Marie Richardson, Judges' Choice; and Autumn Seaman, People's Choice.

Richardson's “mermaid” mask was decorated with shells, and Seaman's was painted bright colors.

In addition to the Mark Twain Birthday Bash on Nov. 25, it was Small Business Saturday, with merchants offering special sales.

At the Big Muddy Soap Shoppe at 108 N. Main St., Myra Oppy and her niece, Marissia Fugate, agreed, “We've been busy.” This family business opened about three months ago and features goat's milk soap.

Their bath bombs, containing oils that make skin soft, are popular. The family makes everything in the shop. Michelle Fugate, Marissia's mother, just bought some goats so they will soon have their own goats' milk for their soaps. “We are very excited about that,” Marissia said.

Across the street outside the Native American Trading Co., volunteer Salvation Army bellringers Tom and Angie Sante were thankful for the warm weather.

The people having a special treat at Java Live during Small Business Saturday were listening to music by pianist Ned Behrensmeyer and drummer Kevin Suffern. The latter was playing an electric drum machine.

See photo gallery for more pictures of downtown Hannibal's Nov. 25 events.

Reach reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.