What does it mean to have Facial Hair?


Facial hair through the ages has meant many things:

  • Yo, this guy must have some wisdom!
  • Whoa is that dude homeless?
  • Has this guy given up on finding a chick to marry?
  • This is one Radical Dude and check out that sweet (insert type of facial hair here)

The Huffington Post shared this nice little story about “What A Man’s Facial Hair Says About Him, According To A Beard Scholar” (this is the link). We urge you all to read this little bit about facial hair, but keep in mind facial hair is a state of being. The QCBMF has facial hair of all shapes and sizes, we ARE an equal opportunity Beard and Moustache Federation. Come on out and give us a chance, so we can give you a chance.

Just think about this conundrum, “Does the Beard make the Man, or does the Man make the Beard?” This is an age-old question that has baffled philosophers for centuries. We believe if you join us for our competition on May 3rd at 319 Event Center the question will be answered. Don’t forget to sign up today to be a part of the best Beard and Moustache Competition around!

For more information about the competition:



Judging Process and Guidelines for Competition

As we’ve continued to grow each year and open up new categories, we’ve become aware of the need to provide some guidance for contestants so they can relax and have fun once they arrive for the competition.  Below you’ll find a list of guidelines and an overview of the judging process.

Competition Process & Structure

The beard signifies the courageous, the earnest, the active, the vigorous, so that when we describe such, we say “He is a bearded man.”  ~St. Augustine

Each contestant, even if he registered online, will come to the registration booth to check in, receive contestant number and participate in pre-judging to determine whether he is entered in the correct category.

facial-hair-stylesGroup Judging
We’re expected quite a crowd this year and have taken our long time patrons requests into consideration this year, so judging will be a done in two phases.  Once the competition begins, contestants will stand together at stage right and be called up to the main stage, In number order, to be introduced.  All contestants will remain on the stage while a panel of 3 judges admire your locks.

The best six contestants will be identified and will move on to the next phase of judging.  If there are only eight contestants in a category, all eight will move on to next phase.

Intimate Judging Lounge

Borrowed ideas from The Great Ozarkan Beard Off in Eureka Springs helped us develop our second phase of judging.  A new panel of judges will be waiting for you in a private room.  The judges will take extra time, with your permission, to touch your hair and ask questions to get a sense of how your facial hair affects your personality.

Points will be assigned with a 1, 3 or 5 for various categories including:

  • Size:  the overall length, width, girth and density (fullness) of the hair.  Beards are measured from the bottom of the lip to the end of the longest follicle that hangs naturally (meaning not stretched).   Moustaches must stop at the corner of the mouth. Moustaches growing below the corner of the mouth will be considered partial beard.
  • Quality:  the graduation, taper, angle and thickness of individual hair follicles; the precise grooming (fly away hairs), sheen and symmetry of the facial hair.
  • Color:  the natural color of the hair:  multi-color blending, natural lightening or graying, vibrancy, consistency or variation.
  • Style & Presentation:  Does the facial hair fit the man?  Does it compliment the man’s overall style?  These are considerations for the judges.  How is the wearer of the facial hair’s attitude, attention to the crowd, attire or overall look.
  • Durability:  In freestyled and ‘fake’ facial hair, this refers to the practical wearability and craftsmanship of the beard.  Will the look fall apart three minutes after judging?
  • Creativity:  How much creativity or imagination went into the development of the freestyled or ‘fake’ facial hair.  Styling aids, decorations and costumes are encouraged as part of the overall look.

After final judging, points will be counted and the winning contestants announced on the main stage.

The judging panel includes our returning special guest, Tom Trtan, local meteorologist and moustache icon as well as folks from our beneficiary, the Rare Breed, comics from the Skinny Improv, and ladies from the Springfield Roller Girls as well as sponsoring barber, Hudson Hawk and the Rogue Barber’s lovely wife.

Our emcee for the evening is local musician and QCBMF member, Steve Ames.  Guest musicians providing entertainment for the evening include The Bearded Two and Goat Milk Honey.

We’ve made it our mission to make sure everyone is comfortable and entertained this year.  There will be more intermissions, music and improv throughout the evening with lots of space to move around, indoors and out.  Our goal is raise $10,000 for an incredibly important cause and excited to be hosting many of our region’s best ladies and gentlemen.

Less than 10 days away!  See you at the Meet & Greet!

Your friends,

the Queen City Beard & Moustache Federation

Click here to get registered.




Press Release for 5th Annual Competition Benefiting Rare Breed


Springfield, Missouri – April 14, 2014 – The Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation will host their 5th Annual Beard & Moustache Competition, this year benefiting the Rare Breed on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the 319 Event Center located at 319 W. Walnut, Springfield, MO.

The competition will begin at 5pm with the Junior Beard or Moustache category.  This is the first year to include children ages 17 and younger in the competition.  The adult competition consisting of 13 different categories will begin at 6pm.  Junior competitors and spectators pay $5 while adult contestants pay $15.  Spectators can also donate a package of socks in lieu of the $5 cover charge.  Online registration is open until midnight on April 19; all pre-registered contestants receive a free t-shirt.

The official after party, featuring Lilly Bee & The Pollinators, begins at 10pm at Patton Alley Pub, 313 S. Patton Alley.  Competition wristbands allow free admittance to after party.  Those without wristbands pay $5 cover fee or donate a package of socks.

“We are truly a grassroots program,” says Loni Brewer, Coordinator of Youth Services at the Rare Breed, “trying to help as many homeless and at risk youth as we can.  Without fundraisers like this, we would not even be able to serve these youth who so desperately need it.”

The Kitchen, Inc’s Rare Breed program offers free and confidential services to youth ages 13 through 20. Since June 2000, the Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center has provided a clean, safe and sober place for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth in Springfield. Rare Breed helps eliminate homelessness, sexual exploitation and abuse by offering homeless and at-risk youth necessities, support services and opportunities so they can safely become self-sufficient. The Rare Breed helps hundreds of homeless or at-risk youth every year.

The Queen City Beard & Moustache Federation a/k/a “QCBMF” or ”The Federation” began in 2009 with roughly six active members following the first local competition.  Since then, The Federation has grown to more than 30 members and has raised over $16k for local nonprofits and logged hundreds of hours for organizations like the Haven of the Ozarks Animal Sanctuary, Ozarks Food Harvest, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, The Gathering Friends, and the Adopt-a-Street program with the City of Springfield.

Sponsors for this year’s competition include Mother’s Brewing Company, US97, 417 Vapor, Clark & Son’s Pools and Sabo Fabrication Shop among others.   For more information and a full list of sponsors, visit them online at QueenCityBeards.com, call or email Christy Claybaker at 417.766.5525 or queencitybeards@gmail.com.

Who are the Sponsors for the Beard Comp?

Have you been wondering what kind of a business or organization would want to sponsor a bunch of guys and gals that dig facial hair enough to hold a competition to celebrate facial hair? The following sponsors are the reason why the kids from Rare Breed will be able to find the services they need to take the next step in their life’s journey… Oh yeah, and why we have the funding to put on this circus of facial hair that is the 5th Annual Beard and Moustache Competition!

Thank you to to our $1,000 Sponsors!1000 SponsorsMother’s Brewing Company has been a great partner with Queen City Beard and Moustache for a while now. They definitely came through again this year, so head on down to the tasting room and grab a tasty drink! If you can’t get to the tasting room, then head to your local watering hole or grocery and pick up a 6-pack.

417 Vapor is new to our town and a new partner with QCBMF. This great business is the future. Are you tired of the high cost and smell of cigarette smoke? Get on over to 417 Vapor and start Vaping!

US 97 is another one of those long-standing partners with QCBMF. US 97 is the station you love to listen too and boy do they like facial hair. So while you are at work or driving around or enjoying a nice beer, turn on US 97. You might even hear something about the Comp!

Thank you to our $500 Sponsors!

500 Sponsors

Clark and Sons Pools have been long-standing partners with QCBMF and we are excited to have them on board again. You might have even seen them with QCBMF at the St.Patty’s Day parade.

Sabo Fabrication Shop has provided our trophies for the last two years and it excited to do it again this year! Great shop for your fabrication needs.

Thank you to our $250 Sponsors!

250 SponsorsHudson Hawk, Your Big Hair Day Studio, Joe’s Furniture Fixin Company, O’Dell Brewing Company, Mitchem Tire, and Copper Run Distillery are great companies and deserve a look for your needs.


What is this Competition about?

When you look around the country and see all of these hairy men flexing their facial beard muscles you might be asking yourself, “Why?!” Queen City Beard and Moustache knows exactly why our competition is around. We aren’t just hear to have a grand ole time showing off great facial hair, partying with the best of them, and being manly; we are here for the non-profits and charities that need our help.

Over 1.3 million US kids spend nights out on the streets each year. Over 5000 of those kids die because they commit suicide, can’t access medical care, get abducted and are killed. The streets are not a safe place, which is why the Rare Breed exists in Springfield.

What Rare Breed Stands for with Residents.
What the youth understand the Rare Breed to be.

This year all of the proceeds from this competition will go to the Rare Breed and assist youth with the next step of their journey out of homelessness.  So while you are growing your beautiful beard, your manly moustache, fashioning your fake facial hair, remember this story from a Rare Breed participant:

When I was younger, my mom lost her job and my family became homeless. We stayed with my mom’s friend for a long time. My mom was always afraid that they were going to kick us out at any moment, so she did anything they asked of her and nothing when her friends yelled at my little brother and I. They called us names and put us down and still my mother said nothing. After putting up with it for so long I had enough and decided to run away. My mom would find me and take me back to the place I hated most. So I kept running and after awhile my mother just stopped chasing me. I stayed with my friend from school. After school we would go to stores and steal new clothes or shoes. We had done this for so long that it seemed second nature to me. One day we walked out of the with around $250 in stolen merchandise hidden in my backpack. The next day at school I was arrested when my friend was questioned she claimed to know nothing of the stolen property I had. I was held in a detention center for 24 hours and put on probation for 6 months. If Safe Place were available to me then I could have gotten help to deal with the issues in my home instead of running away and getting myself into so much trouble.

Rare Breed offers free and confidential services to youth ages 13 through 20 who need our help. Since June 2000, the Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center has provided a clean, safe and sober place for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth in Springfield. The center’s staff connects with these youth to establish trust over time through relationships, to determine their needs and provide services to meet those self-identified needs. Rare Breed Helps eliminate homelessness, sexual exploitation and abuse by offering homeless and at-risk youth necessities, support services and opportunities so they can safely become self-sufficient. The Rare Breed helps hundreds of homeless or at-risk youth every year.


Come on out to the 5th Annual Beard and Moustache Competition – Benefiting the Rare Breed

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