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Written by Lois Rodriguez

Gage Angeley sports a green cowboy hat and Donegal beard, and hey, isn’t that tractor green, too?

A question for our male readers: How quickly could you grow a beard? Every March, the little Panhandle town of Shamrock celebrates its Irish heritage. For St. Patrick’s Day, the menfolk are encouraged to grow a “Donegal” beard, the name taken from the county in northwest Ireland. The style of the beard comes down from the sideburns and across the chin, but without any hair above the upper lip. (Think of the University of Notre Dame’s leprechaun mascot.)

It’s not hard to imagine the crusty judge dispensing law and liquor at the Jersey Lilly. According to writer C.L. Sonnichsen, “Nothing pleased the old man so much as public attention, and he displayed himself conscientously on his porch at train time so people would see him.”

When it comes to tales about Judge Roy Bean, “the Law West of the Pecos,” it’s dern near impossible to stomp out a whopper, once it gets into circulation.

Topped with whipped cream and a generous sprinkling of chocolate shavings, the chocolate cream pie at Kyle's Texas Pie Company takes dessert to new heights. (Photo by Alberto Martinez)

Topped with whipped cream and a generous sprinkling of chocolate shavings, the chocolate cream pie at Kyle's Texas Pie Company takes dessert to new heights.  (Photo by Alberto Martinez)

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