What’s this all about?
So, you may be asking – “a beard and moustache championships? How does that work, then?” Read on, and we’ll tell you all about it.
It’s not just ‘biggest beard wins’
There’s loads of different categories, including moustaches, partial beards, full beards, crazy freestyle creations and the neatly groomed business class. And with first, second and third placings in each category, there’s plenty of chances for glory!
It’s definitely more about the taking part
This isn’t the kind of thing you enter only because you’re trying/hoping/expecting to win. Beard and moustache competitions are relaxed events where beer and conversation flows, new friendships are made, and chosen charities benefit from fundraising efforts.
Dressing up is encouraged, but not compulsory
Some competitors dress as a particular persona – eg circus strongman, John Bull, flying ace, Jedi – some just wear jeans and a tshirt. Business Class competitors often wear suits, but it’s not a requirement for that category. It’s totally up to you.
It’s not an interview, or an interrogation
1) You’ll walk onto the stage and be asked to say a little about yourself. That can be as simple as ‘my name’s Dan and I’m from Truro’.
2) You’ll go over to the judges, who will look at your facial hair and some might touch it. They may also ask you things like how long you’ve been growing it or what products you’ve used.
3) You leave the stage and stand with the other competitors until your category is complete. That’s it! Now you can go back to your seat/the bar.
The non-bearded/moustached are welcome to compete
There’s a handmade category for adults, and one for children too. Any type of moustache or beard, made from anything you like. Just so long as you made it yourself – or with a grown-up’s help!
You don’t have to compete at all
Spectators are essential for cheering and clapping the competitors – the more the merrier! These events are child-friendly too, so make a day of it and bring the whole family along.
It’s more than just a competition
As well as admiring and judging people’s facial hair, beard and moustache competitions are all about charity fundraising. DCBMC supports the Devon Air Ambulance and the Cornwall Air Ambulance. Fundraising activities include:
– A raffle and tombola
– DCBMC merchandise stand
– Charity stand – both charities will be represented, you can find out more about them and donate straight into the collection buckets
And some of our sponsors will have trade stands, so you can try and buy some new grooming products.
It doesn’t end when the competition ends
And it doesn’t start when the competition starts! There’s always a get-together the night before, for those who are already in town. And after the competition we keep the fun going with food, music and even more beer!
Things will continue online for a good while after the event, with people sharing photos and chatting on Facebook and the like. But it’s not compulsory if that’s not your kind of thing.