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A hairy situation at the Big E

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Perhaps you heard that Hiram Watson of Farmington, N.H., won the All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off at the Topsfield Fair over the weekend. Watson’s gargantuan gourd weighed in at an impressive 1,900 pounds. But what about the coveted title of Best Beard in New England, which was hotly contested at the Big E in West Springfield? By a whisker, Brian Martin (second from left), from Bristol, R.I., won with an awesome copper-colored beard that makes him look like a young Billy Gibbons, the guitarist from ZZ Top. (Runners-up included, from left, Scott Collins and Matt Bennett, both from Connecticut, Brian Roy of Waltham, and Kurt Warner of Huntington.) Martin won tickets to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.