‘Stache Bash 2014, biggest one yet
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
From the simplest lip fur to the twirled mustache, it was quite evident that the 4th annual ‘Stache Bash had arrived in Port Huron on Saturday March, 22.
The Blue Water Social Club (BWSC) hosted event began at Kate’s Downtown where folks could meet the 2014 ‘Stache contestants.
Within the walls of Kate’s, music by the band Two O’ Clock High leaked in from Port Huron Family Chiropractic, which had opened its doors in order to connect both businesses together.
In addition to selling merchandise, a few ‘Stache contestants sold raffle tickets that would give people a chance to win prizes donated by local shops all around Port Huron.
Twin Shutterbug Studio also took part in the Bash; offering $2 Photo Booth pictures for everyone, and free pictures for the contestants. Twin Shutterbug Studio also contributed a $200 gift card for the raffle.
Ryan McInnis, founder of the BWSC and ‘Stache Bash, stated that “’Stache Bash was our answer to the ‘Bras for Cancer’ that Studio 1219 had put on. They had firefighters modeling bras, and it was for a good cause. So I thought what if there was something like that, but a little more manly?” Thus, ‘Stache Bash was born in Studio 1219, until it moved to the “block party” style in 2013.
McInnis additionally said the Bash may be held at McMorran next year, but could not confirm it.
By 9 p.m., Lynch’s Irish Tavern had become packed with people waiting to see which mustaches would be “Saved or Shaved.”
Over a dozen mustached men sat on the stage, but only one mustache could be king. Chris Wiegand and his mustache “Old Blue” received the highest bid of $400.25, bid by his wife.
“She threatened to shave it off while I was sleeping,” he said onstage while “Sandman” by Metallica played in the background.
“I invited my family and friends to this and a lot of them are firefighters. Besides having fun, it goes to a good cause,” Wiegand said after having “Old Blue” shaved off by his wife and family.
The total amount of money raised from just the auctioning of the mustaches was $2,074. All of the money goes to The Thin Blue Line of Michigan, a charity for first responders and their families. As one person said, “This is all for a good cause, charity. I can’t think of a better reason than that.”