After 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.