Bearded men from across the country will flock to Longmont this weekend for the Boulder Facial Hair Club’s second annual Beard and Moustache Competition.
“We have competitors coming from as far away as Texas and New York,” says Tobin Voggesser of the BFHC, who adds that an all-star panel of beard experts -- including contestants from Whisker Wars and 2013 World Champion Freestyle-winner Aarne Bielefeldt -- will judge the facial-hair competition. The 2013 contest was “standing room only” in the Bohemian Biergarten, he notes, which is why the event has expanded this year to the Dickens Opera House in Longmont. More than 300 beards and moustaches are expected to compete in eight different categories; this year’s event will feature a women’s artistic category, as well.
Voggesser says that half the fun is not knowing what you’ll see at the competition: “Some guys dress up and really get into it. We might have someone dress up like an old-fashioned baseball player; you just never know.”
The competition begins at 6:30 p.m. at Dickens Opera House, 300 Main Street in Longmont. Interested in competing? Registration is $20 online and $25 the day of, and spectator tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. Related events planned for the weekend by the BFHC include a meet-and-greet at Großen Bart Brewery tomorrow and a hangover brunch on Sunday at Oskar Blues. Find details and ticket information at facebook.com/boulderfacialhairclub.
Oct. 24-26, 6:30 p.m., 2014
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