(Sept. 13, 2019) The bigger and bushier the facial hair the better for the second annual Beards on the Beach competition, which will take place at the Grand Hotel and Spa on 21st Street, this Saturday.

Men, women and children will don their best facial fur, made of real or fake hair, for a beard-off competition.

“We used to have one at Pit & Pub for a couple of years and we just called it our annual beard and mustache competition,” Organizer Robb Dunn said. “But over the years, we’ve outgrown the Pit & Pub and now we have a larger one.”

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Competitors will range from children to women to men with facial hair anywhere from one inch to over 12 inches.

Last year, more than 50 competitors took part in the event, with hundreds of spectators watching. The competition raised over $5,000 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the Special Olympics.

“We have beards, and we’d like to volunteer and we’d like to have fun doing it at the same time,” Dunn said. “So what better way than have competitions and to help our local community?”

This year, money will again go to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and will also benefit Diakonia, a nonprofit homeless shelter in West Ocean City.

The competition has eight categories: 0-6-inch beards, 6-12 inches, 12 inches or longer, mustaches, freestyle, partial, children’s and whiskerina – a segment just for women.

“Women come and make their own beards,” Dunn said. “They can be made of anything from anything… Last year’s winner made a ‘Wizard of Oz’ theme where she was dressed all in gray, with a gray beard.

“There’s so many different styles and what you can do with it,” he continued. “We’ve had people make them out of beer cans, out of seeds, papier mâché, hot dogs and pasta. That category, [Whiskerina], we were trying to get the women involved because the guys have the beards and the girls are just sitting aside like, ‘You have to be a guy to have a beard.’ Well, guess what, ladies? Now there’s a category for you. Start Pinteresting and get some craft ideas and make yourself a beard.”

First place in each category will receive a trophy and second place will win a certificate. In addition to the eight categories, one beard will be declared the best in show. It does not necessarily have to be a winner in any of the eight categories to qualify.

Registration will take place starting at noon. The cost is $25 per participant. The event is free for spectators. The competition will begin at 1 p.m.

“It’s a whole family event,” Dunn said. “It brings the whole family to Ocean City and our local areas to help out and raise money for charities. Even the kids can dress up and do it. My kid was in it last year and he took second place. Anybody can do it.”

For more information, visit the Beards on the Beach Facebook page or preregister at the Eventbrite page at www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-beard-at-the-beach-tickets.

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