The Kort has been arresting people on the street and throwing them in jail for not having a mustache or beard for more than 60 years.
The tradition began in 1947 when Paul Bunyan Days was put on by the American Legion. Records show that Thomas O’ Bailey Jr. was appointed to the high office of “Judge” of the Kangaroo Kort; this year Jeff Gomes is the man in charge.
Members of the Kort have a sturdy mobil jail; watch for it at various events this weekend. Kort deputies arrest ‘criminals’ for not sporting face hair, so grow a beard or buy a fake one and stay out of jail.
They also haul in people who are subject to arrest warrants issued by friends, employees, or rivals; if you know someone who deserves to be arrested, download a warrant or buy one when you see the Sheriffs around town. If you’re unlucky enough to be arrested, the most common way out is to bribe the deputy… $5 may do the trick, but more gets you out faster. Money raised by issuing warrants and bribing the Kort is given to the Paul Bunyan Days Association to pay for next year’s celebration.
If you’d like to join the Kangaroo Kort, Jeff is looking for additional deputies. You can reach him to take out a warrant, or ask to be deputized, at 489-0644.