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!

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.

 

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.

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

 

Rockabilly Rub Sponsors Queen City Beard & Moustache Federation

We’re stoked to announce that our own local hair and skincare product company, Rockabilly Rub, has become an annual sponsor!

Plus,  they are also a $250 level event sponsor for the upcoming competition. Their commitment to us is to provide the members of our federation a special discount all year round.  Sign up for their newsletter to receive the special promo code.  Plus, we’ll soon have a federation membership card available with this information on it.

Their all natural products will be on display and available for purchase at the competition on June 4th.  Not only are they made right here in Springfield, most of the ingredients used to make them are purchased locally at places like MaMa Jean’s natural market.  We’re talking about products like Stiff Upper Lip that mold your moustache into that perfect set of handlebars and Cobra Spit, that timeless classic bay rum aftershave for when you’re skin gets exposed after you shave that hair into a spectacular partial.

Never fear, ladies, rumor has it the Balmshell is an awesome lip balm with a spice your man will love to get close to.  We encourage you all to check it out and support those who support us.

Thanks for reading!

Tallgrass Brewing Company Sponsors Queen City Beard & Moustache Federation

Well folks, it’s official, we’re sponsored.  Tallgrass Brewing Company out of Manhattan, Kansas is just as passionate about beards and beer as we are.

We’re super excited about this partnership.  Jonathan Paulie of Wil Fischer Companies found us on Patton Alley Pub’s Facebook page and contacted us this week to work out the details.  Not only will they be our annual promotional sponsor, but they are also a $250 level sponsor for our upcoming beard and moustache competition supporting Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks.

We’ve got all kinds of fun stuff coming around the corner including Federation member benefits, t-shirts and many other perks including some yummy beer.  Look for more details coming soon.  Until then, make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.