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The mustache is back, and nowhere is the trend’s itchy, sweaty glory more evident than Red Hook, where even the leader of the local civic association rocks a handlebar.

Fittingly, the hairy ’hood will host the city’s premier mustache contest, judged by that very civic leader, John McGettrick, on May 12.

McGettrick, whose ’stache resembles the drooping whiskers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, said that he plans to judge strictly.

“I hope to have someone on hand to tug each contestant and make sure there’s no fakes,” he said.

Competition promises to be hairy — at least a few contestants have already started planning.

“My trimmer and I are getting ready,” said Gerald Menke, pictured, who sports reddish walrus-style whiskers.

Contestants should come coiffed and ready.

“Wild, Wild West of the BQE” will take place at 7 pm on May 12 at the Bait and Tackle Bar (320 Van Brunt St., at Pioneer Street in Red Hook). The $20 admission includes food, drink and five live bands. For information, call (718) 797-4892.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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