CHIPLEY - The Washington County Sheriff's Office has accepted a hairy challenge issued by Walton County Sheriff's Office to put their best beard forward for "No Shave November."

Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson issued the challenge, daring Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews and deputies to "bring the best beard."

The friendly competition is a joint effort by the sheriffs offices to raise cancer awareness during No-Shave November.

"We accepted the challenge, and we are bringing the beard to WCSO," said Sheriff Crews. "For the first time, a full beard will be worn by deputies who donate $30 to Holmes/Washington Relay for Life during the month of November. All deputies participating will also be wearing a ‘No Shave November’ pin to be identified to the public as participants."

Now in its second year of participation, Walton County Sheriff's Office is offering a similar opportunity to its deputies, with all proceeding benefiting the American Cancer Society.

The "No Shave November" organization website touts the effort as a "month-long journey" during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. The site encourages participants to donate money typically spent on shaving and grooming to organizations that educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.

"The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free," states the organization.

“We are joining in on the fun, hoping to bring awareness to a devastating disease and smiles to those around us,” says Sheriff Crews.

Sheriff Adkinson says he is pleased Washington County answered the challenge.

“This is a really fun way to help spread, err grow, awareness throughout our community,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “And the employees love it. Let the growing begin!"