#GrowABeardOK 2015

GROW-A-BEARDDusty GilpinComment

It's that time again!! The morning temperatures start to have a crisp chill to them. The leaves slowly but surely begin departing from the trees they once occupied. The night creeps in earlier as our days grow shorter. During this time of year, at 7am or 7pm, the temperature seems to be absolutely perfect. Now is the perfect time to start the wonderful tradition known as: GROW-A-BEARD!

This will be the 5th year of our annual Grow A Beard competition! This follicular frenzy lasts 2 months and awards multiple contestants with a plethora of gifts from local businesses! The questions is: are YOU up for the challenge?


- SUBMIT A CLEAN SHAVE PHOTO: The latest you can submit your photo is 11:59pm Sunday, Oct. 4th. You have to shave your already existing beard to compete (we have a category if you're too stubborn to shave). Send your photos cropped to 700x700. You will not be discredited if you do not have these capabilities, but it seriously helps us in uploading them faster. Email your photo to Along with your photo, send a brief bio telling us about who you are, what you do, and whatever other nonsense you want to include.

- SEND A PHOTO EVERY SUNDAY: We will be posting a blog with updated photos every Monday for the duration of the competition. This means we need your photo every Sunday by midnight. Be creative, have fun, entertain the spectators, and feel free to talk a little smack. Word of advice: The more memorable the photo, the better chance you have winning.

- THE BEARD PARTY: We couldn't have this awesome of a contest without an equally awesome celebration! Towards the end of the competition, we'll announce a date and location for an official awards ceremony. Beard party of the century.

- LASTLY: You have to last the entire 2 months to be eligible to win (*excluding the 'Elder Beard' Category).


Biggest Beard: Exactly how it sounds. We're looking for the longest, bushiest, testosterone charged, unadulterated 2 month master grower of beardliness.

Best Mustache: This category is for the guys who can't quite get the full beard growing, but can still don some wicked lip hair. Also a good route for industry professionals who might have rules about facial hair.

People's Choice: This is a no holds bar competition. All is fair play. This category will also be decided by an online poll, so entertaining the audience with creative and ridiculous photos is encouraged.

Beard Fail: This category is to reward the men with real heart out there. They know they can't grow a beard, but they'll try anyway. A patchy, uneven, doesn't-quite-grow-in-some-spots beard is what we're looking for.

The Old Timer: I've had many complaints about this contest requiring it's participants to shave, so we've got this category for all those who flaunt their beardage year round. During our final event, we'll judge this category in person! We want to see your old-timey, aged-to-perfection, beast of a beards. Chosen on site by a panel of judges.

PRIZES: This is the best part. As you can see we only have 5 categories, so these prize packs are always great. Anyone that's attended the event in the past knows that we get the best local businesses to donate gifts to our winners. Gift certificates, high quality shaving supplies, clothing, art, food vouchers.... This is the only contest where you don't have to do much to win.

We look forward to your participation! Get prepped up for 2 months of no-shaving, and get your trash talk ready for the competition!