We’ve decided that once a year simply isn’t enough, so as well as the annual August event in Plymouth we’re also going to hold a series of smaller competitions throughout the year, across Devon and Cornwall.
The Devon events will be in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Cornwall events will be in aid of (wait for it!) the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.
If you’re a veteran of the gruelling competitive facial hair circuit (OK, it’s not so much a ‘circuit’ as a series of slightly chaotic events, and the only gruelling bits are the hangovers the next day), you might think you know all about these things. However…
Instead of the usual categories – moustache, full beard, etc – and a panel of
drunken reprobates esteemed judges, we’re going for an all-inclusive format.
Every competitor, whether they’re rocking a biker beard to their waist or the most exquisitely curled of moustaches, will be judged across three categories and voted on by, well, everyone.
Entry costs £2, and all competitors will be judged in these three categories.
Best Colour: This category is not limited to natural colours, and the definition of ‘best’ is up to each individual voter. 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. Vote 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! They will also be paraded around the arena by their handler, and win a year’s supply of Winalot. Or maybe a ticket to DCBMC 2016. Yeah, probably the ticket.
Everyone at the event can vote, if they wish to – fellow competitors, friends, partners, the bar staff, and the pub regulars whose afternoon we’re disturbing.
Judging is open throughout the afternoon, with a line-up of competitors towards the end of the day to allow side-by-side comparisons. To vote, just buy a voting form and write your chosen competitors numbers against each category (you much choose a different competitor for each category).
Voting forms will cost 50p.
Each event will also have a raffle and charity donation boxes – as the whole point of these things is to raise money for the local Air Ambulance Trusts (and to show off facial hair, see friends and drink beer, of course!).
If you know a great place for our next DCBMC Lite, get in touch!