Beard Competition




The Bearded Geeks will host the 2nd Annual Beards of The Ozarks competition at this year’s Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival. The competition will be held in the Dogwood Rooms at the West Plains Civic Center beginning at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019.


The two-day annual Festival in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture.  Admission to all festival events is free. Festival hours are noon-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


New this year, judging for the beard competition will be completed by voting members of the Facial Hair League.  A world-wide organization that brings together facial hair enthusiasts and philanthropists.  Competition winners will be selected by qualified judges based on specific hair criteria within the various categories.


Competitors of all ages and hair lengths are welcome.  Organizers expect to see teachers, golfers, mechanics, builders, paramedics, students, athletes, CEOs, musicians, beer makers and beer drinkers entered. Registration fee is $20, and sign-up is available at the festival or prior to the event at by uploading the mobile app.


More information and Registration forms for the competition can be picked up at either of the Festival information booths (in the Civic Center lobby or East parking lot) during the Heritage Festival May 31 and June 1. Deadline for registration is 5:30PM Saturday. Prizes, provided by the Bearded Geeks Club, will be awarded to winners in each category with a special award for Best of Show. Proceeds of the competition will be donated to the West Plains Council on the Arts.


Categories to be judged:

  • The Entrepreneur (Business/College Beard)
  • The Mountaineer (Natural Full Beard Under 6”)
  • The Prospector (Natural Full Beard Over 6”)
  • The Sea Captain (Whaler)
  • The Gunslinger (Partial Beard)
  • The Outlaw (Freestyle)
  • The Pugilist (moustache)
  • The Tinhorn (Fake Beard Women/Children)
  • The Most Wanted (Best In Show)

Best of Show will be selected from the overall winners in each category.

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