Big thanks to Stu and Jake!

So you might have heard some mutterings about our shiny new super-secret category… All will be revealed on Saturday – or on Friday night if anyone involved has one beer too many!

We wanted to give a shoutout to Stu Blam and Jake Rowlinson for giving their time and completely awesome artistic talents for the trophies for this one.

If you haven’t seen their work before, click their names and check out their stuff – they’re a bit bloody good!

More categories – for everyone!

There’s nine categories at DCBMC 2016 – but we said this year would be bigger and better… so how we about add three more categories to the day, and they’re all for everyone!

You may have heard about, or even attended, one of our DCBMC Lite events. They have a different format to the big summer show – there’s only three categories and everyone is entered into all of them. We like the idea that big beards and neat moustaches compete against each other, so we’re adding the DCBMC Lite categories to DCBMC 2016 too.

And the judges are a bit different for DCBMC Lite, too – everyone gets to vote for their favourites!

All competitors (including ‘handmade’) are automatically eligible for these additional categories:

Best Colour
This category is not limited to natural colours, and the definition of ‘best’ is up to you. A strong red beard, smooth silver whiskers, a neat blond goatee – whatever you like best, vote for it here.

Best Styled
Some people like an extravagantly styled moustache, while others are partial to a well-groomed beard. You might prefer neat and professional-looking facial hair, or love beards that look like an octopus, or Tower Bridge. Go for whatever style floats your boat.

Best Presented
We’re not saying that ‘dressing up’ is compulsory, but some competitors put a lot of effort into their outfits and we want to salute that. So, who’s gone the extra mile to present himself for public judging – the pirate with the plaited beard, the chap with the handlebar moustache in a three-piece suit, or the gentleman with the forked beard dressed as Satan himself? You decide.

Plus, whoever gets the most votes across all three categories will win Best in Show, just like at Crufts!

Anyone attending the event can vote – fellow competitors, partners, friends, bar staff, newspaper reporters…

To vote for your favourites in the DCBMC Lite categories, just write their competitor numbers on a voting form and post it in the box at the DCBMC merchandise stand, with a £1 charity donation.

All the competitors will be wearing their unique numbers all day, and you can vote at any time until the on-stage categories have finished.

If you’ve got any questions on the day, ask Mrs & Mrs DCBMC or find a DCBMC minion with a red lanyard.

Double up for £1!

We’ve deliberately kept apart the Natural and Styled versions of each category – so if you want to compete in more than one you’re welcome to do so. And you’ll have plenty of styling time!

If you want to join a second category, just tell us on the ticket desk and put £1 in the charity pot – or more, if you’re feeling generous 😉

Approximate timings for each category are:
2.10pm – Moustache Natural
2.20pm – Partial Beard Natural
2.30pm – Full Beard Natural
3.10pm – Business Class
3.25pm – Freestyle
3.45pm – Moustache Styled
3.55pm – Partial Beard Styled
4.05pm – Full Beard Styled

Prizes for Handmade

Our Ladies Handmade winner will receive this beautiful prize from Jelly Pebbles – a lovely shop in Liskeard featuring jewellery, art and textiles from locally-based artists and makers.

Ladies Handmade

The lucky little ‘uns in Childrens Handmade can go on a (small!) shopping spree in a well-known toy shop, thanks to TamarValleyGirl – a marketing company run by our very own Mrs DCBMC, Clair Wellsbury-Nye.

Not sure about competing?

Get a spectator ticket and change your mind on the day!

If you turn up and think – hey, this could be fun! Then go for it – pick your category and and upgrade your ticket for just £2.

You can head over to the tidy-up and trim station, where Louis will help you get competition-ready and looking your best.