The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 29, 2012

Facial hair contests to raise money for charities

By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid’s men are invited to put down their razors and grow out their whiskers to benefit local charities.

I Love Enid is hosting “Moustache March,” a citywide moustache competition, and several associated facial hair competitions to raise money for Enid charities.

Event organizer Tammy Wilson said the purpose of the “furry festivities” is “to have some fun and raise money for local charities.”

“We’re not raising money for one particular charity,” Wilson said. “We just want to make sure it all stays in Enid.”

Contestants in each event will play a role in deciding which local charity receives the funds raised.

The moustache competition will conclude March 16, 2013, with moustache judging and a fancy hat contest for the ladies.

For those who haven’t yet started growing out their facial hair, the “No Shave November” competition will begin Thursday.

Entrants in No Shave November must provide a photo of themselves clean-shaven on Thursday and another photo showing their facial hair growth on Dec. 1. In order to stay eligible, entrants cannot shave their face or neck during the month of November.

Entry fee for the No Shave November competition is $10 per person. The contest winner will determine which local charitable organization receives the proceeds and also will win a prize package.

Similar to No Shave November, a “Burly Beard” competition will take place in December. You do not have to compete in either of these events to enter the citywide moustache competition in March.

The Moustache March competition will consist of several different categories and will be judged by Josh Ward, owner of Blue Jay’s Barber Shop and Beauty Bar, and Dr. John Yeutter, 2009 runner-up for the Robert Goulet Mustached American of the Year award, sponsored by the American Mustache Institute.  

Travis Nance, third-place winner of the full beard Verdi category at the 2011 World Beard and Moustache Championships in Norway and head of the Oklahoma City Beard Club, will emcee the event.

Wilson said local woman also will have a chance to compete at the March 16 event.

“Because moustaches are considered ‘gentlemanly,’ the event coordinators decided that these shenanigans should be deemed somewhat fancy and encourage dressing for the occasion,” Wilson wrote in her press release. “For the ladies, they are encouraging the donning of ‘fascinators,’ or fancy hats, for the main event, much like they do for the Kentucky Derby. There will be a prize for the Fanciest Fascinator at the March event.”

Wilson said women and the facial hair-impaired also can participate in Moustache March by donating to one of eight official “Moustache Ambassadors.”

The eight ambassadors each have selected a charity for which they are raising funds, and they will compete against each other to see who can collect the most money in their “stache jar” by March 16.

The winning ambassador will determine which charity receives the proceeds from Moustache March.

The Moustache Ambassadors and their selected charities are:

• Enid Police Chief Brian O’Rourke — Miracle League.

• EPD Capt. Dean Grassino — Enid SPCA.

• Enid City Manager Eric Benson — Booker T. Washington Community Center.

• David McCoy — Woodring Wall of Honor.

• Frank Baker — Blazin’ Music Group.

• Robert Barron — Enid SPCA.

• Father Stephen Samples — Habitat for Humanity.

• Tim Larsen — YWCA Enid.

Supporters can donate by contacting one of the above ambassadors or their associated charity.

Participants in No Shave November may sign up at Blue Jay’s Barber Shop and Beauty Bar at 122 E. Broadway or at www.iloveenid.com.

Additional information is available on the Enid Moustache March event page on Facebook.