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7th annual Mustache Ride set for Saturday

Luke Graham

Participants in the annual Mustache Ride celebrate before beginning last year's ride. This year's

— It's debatable what makes a quality mustache.

Is it girth? Style? Is it the manly patch Tom Selleck made famous on “Magnum, P.I.”?

Is it a Rollie Fingers-esque waxed handlebar? Clark Gable's slender and sleek upper lip in "Gone With the Wind"? Or maybe it's Yosemite Sam’s Fu Manchu, also known as the mullet of facial hair.

What's not debatable is the growing success of the mustache-themed event held annually on the first Saturday in October.

Rain or shine, a group of fun-loving people have created the offseason tradition of a pub crawl and cruiser bike ride known as the Mustache Ride.

"Honestly, we like to have a good time," said Nate Bird, who along with friend Rob Peterson started the event seven years ago as a way to get people together and have fun during the slow month. "The town is up for a good time. It's been gaining more and more popularity. It's sort of built upon itself."

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There is only one requirement: a mustache. It doesn't matter if you’re a man, women, child or baby — a mustache is required.

"It's the Mustache Ride because it sounds funny," Bird said. "Mustaches are a funny thing."

The first year drew about 70 mustache-wearing riders, but the event has taken on a life of its own and drew more than 300 people last year.

Last year, in its third year benefiting the Routt County Humane Society, the ride raised $6,000.

"It's not any harder to make our fun times benefit locally," Bird said. "We're a town full of animal lovers."

The cost to participate is a $10 donation, but those interested can sign up early on the website to donate even more. Participants earn free drinks at various Mustache Ride stops based on the level they donate. To sign up early, click here.

For $30, riders will get a free drink at each of the stops. Bird said he hopes to raise $10,000 for the Humane Society this year.

The event begins at 2:30 p.m. with the optional Mustache Rally, a race from the top of Laurel Lane to McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft. The official ride begins at 3 p.m. from McKnight’s.

Last year, "my mustache wasn't the best," Bird said. "I say the women are the most impressive with how creative they get creating their mustaches. But it's a fun time for all."

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