Sideburns Contest To Honor Commodore Perry

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry won a major victory over the British 200 years ago at the Battle of Lake Erie. On Wednesday the citizens of Erie, Pa., will honor him the best way they know how — with a sideburns contest. Judges are looking for sideburns that resemble Commodore Perry's famous mutton chops.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry won a major victory over the British 200 years ago at the Battle of Lake Erie. On Wednesday, the citizens of Erie, Pennsylvania will honor him the best way they know how - with a sideburns contest, ones that look the most like Commodore Perry's famous mutton chops. A victory won't be easy. One contestant, Steve Frezza, sports such convincing chops he once got to play the commodore in a PBS documentary. It's MORNING EDITION.

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