Coast’s best beards come out to play at annual celebration
AFTER two consecutive years of packed-out competitions, The Bearded Men of the Sunshine Coast are primping and preening for their third annual battle.
Previous competitions have proved a hit with facial haired fanatics and appreciators and drawn large crowds from across Queensland and interstate.
Alongside an extra 12 months of facial hair growth, The Sunshine Coast's 2016 Beard and Moustache Competition will also grow in size with the event offering bigger prizes, tougher competition and to be held at a larger venue.
Beards and moustaches will need to be prepped, groomed and refined for their big comp on Saturday July 9 at Black Bunny Kitchen in Alexandra Headlands.
A panel of judges will assess and score all competitors with harsh critique, alongside a crowd vote to declare the winner and proud host of the best facial hair on the Coast.
There is so much more to compete for than just being crowned the champion.
There is a prize pool of more than $1000 on offer, with winners to be named in six categories and an overall champion chosen.
The categories are Over 20cm Natural Beard, Over 10cm Natural Beard, Under 10cm Natural Beard, Partial Beard, Moustache and Whiskerina.
The Whiskerina category is for female competitors with the opportunity to take out the faux facial hair title.
Only 20 competitors will be accepted for each category and registration.
Blues/rock band from the Gold Coast, Phil Barlow and The Wolf, will perform on the night as a full band and Black Bunny's new BBQ Blowout will offer a large range of house smoked and barbecued menu items that will be slow cooking for hours in the lead-up to the comp.
Murray's Brewing will run a “tap takeover”, along with a Karma Keg where patrons have the opportunity to pay what they want for schooners of the craft brew.
All proceeds from the Karma Keg will go to the Bearded Men of the Sunshine Coast's charity of choice.
Event organiser and founder of the Bearded Men of the Sunshine Coast, Nathen Coles, urged competitors to start grooming their entries.
“This year, taking home the title will be even tougher as the beards are fiercer, the moes are thicker and our judges are harsher - we can't wait to see the results,” he said.
The Bearded Men of the Sunshine Coast was formed in 2013 as a social club for people with an appreciation of facial hair.
Since then it has raised hundreds of dollars for charity and hosts three successful events each year supporting local community, original music and, of course, facial hair associates.
Pre-registration for competition is recommended at www.beardedmenofthesc.com.au.
Registration is $5 but entry to the event is free.
The competition will start at 6pm.