QCBMF at the Mystery Hour

This is a new and exciting fundraiser for the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks; we’ll get a percentage of the door and want to pack the house. Please come join us!


Official Press Release:

QCBMf Partners with the Mystery Hour to Support Diaper Bank of the Ozarks

Springfield, MO, January 17, 2017–Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation is excited to announce that we’re pairing with local late-night talk show, The Mystery Hour, to support the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks on March 24, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. at the Gillioz Theatre. The Mystery Hour generously donates 10 percent of the door to their non-profit partner; all funds raised by QCBMF will be added to our check to the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks in May, 2017.

The Cloth Diaper Lending Library is an exciting addition to the services of the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks and we’re all so excited to be helping. I was a cloth diaper mom myself, and am so glad that families in need will be able to keep their babies happy, healthy and dry, said Media Coordinator Michelle Hethcoat of QCBMF.

Please join us to laugh, support a local show, and help families (and their babies!) at this filming of the Mystery Hour.

Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation is committing to supporting our community through donations, fundraising, and volunteer efforts; we invite the community to join us each month on the second Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. or to find us on Facebook.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Michelle Hethcoat at 417-880-3509 or email at queencitybeards@gmail.com.

Schedule of Events

Whether you’re just coming around the block or you’re travelling to this year’s competition, you’ll find a full schedule of events here to print or save to your phone.

Friday April 15, 2016 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Join us at Mother’s Brewing (http://mothersbrewing.com/) for a Meet & Greet. There’s beer and cider available. Mother’s does not serve food, but is close to a number of downtown restaurants. Mother’s Brewing is located @ 215 S. Grant, Springfield MO. We’ll make our apologies now—QCBMF will be a bit scarce at the Meet & Greet. Many of us will be attending a wedding of group members! They rescheduled their wedding to make it to the competition.

Saturday April 16, 2016 12:00 to 1:00 PM Tour of Mother’s Brewing Company. Please arrive by 11:55. Samples will be provided and the tasting room is open after the tour.

Saturday April 16, 2016 2:00 to 5:00 PM Registration is open! Come in, hang out, check out our silent auction and raffle items and register if you haven’t at 319 Event Center @ 319 W. Walnut.

Saturday April 16, 2016 5:00 to 6:00 PM The Junior Competition begins at 5:00 PM. Kids up to age 17 are welcome to enter. We’ll wrap it and be ready to begin the adult competition by 6:00 PM. Children may stay after the kids’ competition, but you’re responsible for them! Saturday April 16, 2016 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM The Adult Competition begins at 6:00 PM and typically wraps up between 9:00 and 10:00 PM. Food will be available at 319 Event Center, as well as a full bar.

Saturday April 16, 2016 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM After-party at Patton Alley Pub featuring Lilly Bee and the Pollinators. Patton Alley is located just down the street from 319.


March Meeting

logoThe March meeting of QCBMF will take place at 6:00 PM on March 9, 2016 at McSalty’s Pizza on East Battlefield. We hope to see you there, but if we don’t, the following should provide you with an idea of what’s happening in the near future.

  • We’ve had some great sponsors come on board for the 2016 competition–you can check them out on the (newly redesigned) website, eventbrite, or between now and the competition via our social media postings.
  • Our thanks to Chad Woody for a delightful logo this year!
  • On March 24 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, we’ll be at Ozarks Food Harvest at 2810 N Cedarbrook Ave volunteering. We hope to see you there.
  • The group will NOT be in the St. Pat’s Day parade this year. Board members will be in St. Louis for a competition.
  • The competition is quickly coming up! Please keep in mind that we’re still accepting silent auction donations. Only a limited number of shirts will be available for purchase, so pre-register if you want a competition tee!

Call for Grant Proposals for the 2016 Competition


The planning has begun for the 2016 Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation Beard and Moustache Competition. In 2015, the Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation raised more than $16,000, shared with the Gathering Friends and Friends, including Rare Breed, Ozarks Food Harvest, Harmony House, Isabel’s House, and O-STEAM. We have significantly increased our fundraising efforts each year, and are excited to begin the process of planning the 2016 competition, scheduled for April 16, 2016.

For the seventh annual competition in Springfield, we have decided to ask local organizations to submit proposals sharing why they are the best choice to receive the funds raised at this event. In order to apply, you must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit and must be local to Springfield or the surrounding area. Those are the only requirements for application. Both small and large organizations, as well as those that have previously benefited, will be considered.

If you’re chosen, you’ll receive your check in May, 2016. We would like to plan a follow-up interview with your organization in the fall of 2016, to tell our donors and contributors what you’ve done.

What We Need from You:
1. Who you are. Tell us about the history of your organization and introduce yourselves.
2. What you do. Share your mission and tell us who or what you help.
3. What you wish you could do. We understand that funding is an issue for every nonprofit. Share your plan if you’re the recipient of the funds from the 2016 competition. This might simply involve funding existing operations or might involve a new project.

You’re welcome to write a traditional grant proposal. If this doesn’t suit you, feel free to make us a video, write us a song or create an art project. Provide your submission via email to queencitybeards@gmail.com (if you would prefer to present your submission on paper, please let us know via email and arrangements will be made).

All submissions are due by September 15, 2015. The QCBMF e-board will review all submissions, choose the three best, and take those to the October meeting. At the meeting, all members will join us in selecting our 2016 charity. We will announce the beneficiary of the 2016 competition following the October meeting of QCBMF.

And Funds Go to the Friends of Gathering Friends

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As you may know, the public voted on our competition benefit fund recipient this year. The Gathering Friends was chosen by a slight majority and generously chose to share the funds with the other contestants. They divided the total by the percentages of votes earned during the voting. The other charities included in this year’s giving were the Rare Breed, Ozarks Food Harvest, Harmony House, Isabel’s House, and O-Steam. Each of these charities received a piece of the total funds earned at the year’s Queen City Beard and Moustache Competition.

Vice-President Jeremy Medley, Treasurer Shannon Medley, former Queen City Ambassador Bill Petersen and Gathering Friends representative Terra Salinas were on hand to deliver checks to all of the friends of the Gathering Friends on May 18, 2015.

The 6th Annual Beard and Moustache Competition Rundown

Queen City Beard & Moustache Federation

The 6th annual Beard and Moustache competition, held at the 319 Event Center on May 2, 2015 was bigger and better than ever before. In total, we had 103 adult contestants and 14 kid contestants in this year’s competition. And the results are, after months of planning, years of beard growth, and hours of competition:

Junior Beard
1. Matilda Hawley
2. Bryanna Simaytis
3. Kallahan Miller

Junior Moustache
1. Jenna Johnson

Natural Moustache
1. Brad Herbert
2. Ken Smith

Styled Moustache
1. Jason Evans
2. Thomas J Flannigan
3. Chad Holgren

Fake Moustache
1. April Armstrong
2. Michelle Hethcoat
3. Garra Crews

Partial Beard – Chops
1. Michael Lang
2. Scott Shipley
3. Kevin Droptiny

Partial Beard – Alaskan Whaler
1. John Armstrong
2. Darrell Powell
3. Shane Abney

Partial Beard – Goatee
1. Blane Skelton
2. Brian Stokes
3. Omar Shifrin

Partial Beard Styled
1. Steve McDonald
2. Kurt Kielman
3. Court Ketron

Fake Beard
1. Ginger Slap
2. Victoria Larson
3. Joey Rumpell

Full Beard Styled Moustache
1. Guido Cappello
2. Britton Wood
3. Hank Miller

Business Beard
1. Shane Thomas
2. Greg Patrick
3. Jordan Chainey

Full Beard – Under 8”
1. Christopher Puckett
2. Quinton Crocker
3. Don Darnell

Full Beard 8” and over
1. Matt Best
2. Michael Galbraith
3. Richie Darling

Full Beard Freestyle
1. Danny Norman
2. James Chrismer
3. Daniel Brown

While we are so pleased to have had so many great competitors at the 6th annual competition, we are even happier to announce that we exceeded our goal of $15,000 this year. On Wednesday, May 13, at our monthly meeting at Patton Alley Pub, we will present a check for $16,008.37 to the Gathering Friends and Friends. This wouldn’t have been possible without our generous sponsors, volunteers, competitors and spectators. In total, with the generous help of our community and beards from across the country, in the last six years, QCBMF has raised more than $40,000 for charity.

Whether you missed the event or just want to relive memories, you’ll find the pictures here.


2015 Registration & Judging FAQ’s

Moustache_questionIt has come to our attention that there is confusion regarding registration and judging with the Facial Hair League involvement in our event this year. Here are some additional details that will hopefully help clarify the registration and judging process this year based on some questions we’ve received in the last few days.

  1. I’ve pre-registered online, so do I have to register at the event, too, before 5pm?  Yes! Check-in and registration booths are open on the day of the event from 2-5pm. Upon arrival at the 319 Event Center, please check-in at the QCBMF Registration Booth. The volunteers will make note that you have arrived and provide you with your registration packet, including your FREE t-shirt (if you pre-registered before April 20). After checking in at the QCBMF Registration Booth, you will then go to the FHL Registration Booth where you will be assigned your contestant number and FHL lanyard.
  2. I don’t do apps and I don’t own a smartphone, do I have to have this app in order to compete?  No. After you’ve checked in with QCBMF and then go to the FHL Registration Booth, they will set up an FHL account for you and take your photo (optional) for the software application before assigning you a contestant number and lanyard. If you have a smartphone and wish to participate in the FHL app and share with friends who can play along and possibly win free swag, download the app here before arriving to save time at the FHL booth.
  3. Will the judging process rely solely on the FHL app?  No. Contestants will be judged by five guest judges who will be present at the event. The FHL app is still in its pilot phase and is being used to compliment our event, provide app users with a fun way to be engaged in the process and possibly win free swag if they happen to vote for the same winners the local judges do.
  4. Who are the guest judges?  This includes returning judge and mustachioed local news icon, Tom Trtan, as well as Jrod Rizz from the Tulsa Inner Thigh Ticklers Society, Troy Hawley from the NWA Society of Bearded or Mustachioed Gentlemen, Brad Jackson of Roughneck Beard Company from St. Louis, MO and Brett Strauss, founder of the Facial Hair League from Texas.
  5. How are we being judged?  All five judges will be using a point system from 1 to 10.5 7 to 10 (this was updated after speaking with FHL at the Meet & Greet). All points given by the judges for each contestant will be added together to come up with a total score per contestant. The three contestants from each category with the highest number of points will determine the placing contestants.
  6. If I’m among the top three for my category, what do I win?  First place contestants will receive a custom-made steel trophy provided by our sponsor, Sabo Fabrication Shop. Second and third place contestants will receive plaques. All placing contestants will also receive free gifts provided by our many raffle sponsors. There will also be a ‘Best In Show’ trophy, provided by our sponsoring artist, Scottoons, given to the contestant who stands out from all the rest. This will be given at the judges discretion.
  7. The FHL app will not let me sign up, it is timing out when I try to register. What do I do?  If you find you’re having trouble registering via the FHL app, it could be due to high traffic. We recommend trying again later or simply wait and let them help you get registered at the FHL Registration Booth on the day of the event.


Media Advisory – Six local charities receiving proceeds from 6th Annual Facial Hair Competition

2015 Comp PosterAfter a community vote earlier this year, Gathering Friends, Rare Breed Youth Services, Ozarks Food Harvest, Harmony House, Isabel’s House and O-Steam, are all directly benefiting from the 6th Annual Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation’s next facial hair competition on Saturday, May 2, at 319 Event Center in Springfield, Missouri. Registration begins at 2pm and the competition kicks off with the children’s fake beard and moustache category at 5 pm. The adult categories will begin at 6:15 pm. The official after party for this event will immediately follow at Patton Alley Pub, next door to venue.

“We were thrilled to be chosen to be the recipients for this year’s contest,” says Terra Salinas, Treasurer for the Gathering Friends, “but at the same time, we struggled with having to ‘compete’ for votes.  We wanted to do right by the Gathering Friends, but also recognize that all these other organizations make a big difference in our community. So, as a board, we decided to share with them!”

This is the first time the group has supported this many organizations with the annual event. There are 14 categories contestants can elect to compete in, including the children’s category. Adults are encouraged to pre-register before April 19 online to receive a free souvenir t-shirt.  Event costs are as follows: adult contestants, $15 donation; child contestants and spectators, a five dollar donation.

Eighty-eight contestants participated in last year’s event that rose over $10k for Rare Breed Youth Services. This year, there are already seven states represented through pre-registration. Winning contestants receive trophies as well as multiple prizes for first through third places.

New this year, the group welcomes the founder of national organization, the Facial Hair League, Brett Strauss, to the judge’s panel. Local moustache icon, Tom Trtan, is also returning for the fourth year in a row. They will be joined by members from Arkansas and Oklahoma facial hair clubs.

Thanks to local and national sponsors, nearly $10,000 has already been raised. These sponsors include InsulUSA, DeLong Plumbing, 417 Vapor, New ERA/Rheem, Lucky Scruff, US97, Mother’s Brewing Company and many others.  Their net fundraising goal is $15k and the group hopes to surpass it through contestant fees, silent auction and raffle at the event. To date, over $7k in items has been donated for the silent auction.

“This competition has been growing [pun intended] more every year,” says Justin Bolin, President of the Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation.  ‘We’re truly excited to have been able to help make an impact in our community over the last six years.”

For more information, pre-registration and to donate online, visit www.queencitybeards.com/competition.

Make a Donation Online

Gathering_Friends_&FriendsDue to special request, we’ve added the option to make a donation via PayPal on this website for the charities we’re supporting with this year’s annual competition.

Our goal is $15,000 this year and proceeds will benefit six local charities here in the Ozarks.

  • Gathering Friends
  • Rare Breed
  • Ozarks Food Harvest
  • Harmony House
  • Isabel’s House
  • O-Steam

For additional information about all of these organizations, click here.

To make an online donation, look for the link in the right sidebar —>

THANK YOU for your support!

Thank you, Sponsors.

As an all volunteer group, this event really brings us together, kind of like team-building on steroids. Every year we continue to build on the excitement from the year before. We chose $15,000 when we decided to set our fundraising goals for this year’s competition after raising just over $10k last year.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are already more than half way to our goal. We’d like to acknowledge those sponsors for you all to think of them when looking for their products and services.Presented_by_insulUSA

‘Best in Show’ Sponsor – $2,000

Full Beard’ Sponsors – 1,000Full-Beard_Sponsors

‘Partial Beard’ Sponsors – $500

‘Moustache’ Sponsors – $250

‘Faker’ Sponsors – $100