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.