Wednesday, 3 September 2014

BeerdFest Guide

Coming to BeerdFest this Saturday September 6th at Constellations Liverpool on #worldbeardday? Here's what you need to know about how the day works whether you're taking part in the beard and moustache contest or simply in the crowd helping beards win points & enjoying a good mingle!

Thank you for your interest in BeerdFest 2014.  Your commitment to beards and general awesomeness is noted. BeerdFest is honoured you have chosen to give up your free time to support our hirsute pursuits. The purpose of this event is to increase positive vibes for awesome beards in our community, support men’s mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and to have fun. 

Our event begins at 3pm with a beard grooming masterclass from our judge Cutthroat Pete, then at 4pm beard making and facepainting then 5pm don't miss out on pre-contest pampering for all from Lush Spa Liverpool

3-6pm there's also live acoustic music from awesomely talented BeerdFest friends together with a beard-friendly marketplace featuring soaps, oils, balms and other treats. 

Contesting in the four main categories begins at 7pm and the winners will be announced at 10pm. 

Winners receive a goody bag including prizes from Brian Blessed, Pistonhead Lager, The British Beard Club, Independent Liverpool, Rennies Arts & Crafts and other beardy treats. And respect, of coursicles ;) 

We ask that competitors arrive by 5pm to register and mingle, with 6pm the deadline for contestant registrations. 

If you're coming to enjoy the show, tis up to you when you arrive but the earlier the better as it will offer you the opportunity to see all the competitors up close before official proceedings and hopefully make new friends.

The Process
Each contestant gets their ‘moment in the sun’ on the TashWag Catwalk. They take to the stage and present themselves first to the judges, then to the crowd. 
Contestants will then wait on stage in a line-up until all contestants have presented themselves.
This process is repeated for each category. 
The winner and 2 runner up places for each category are announced at the end of the contest.

Note: In the event of a tie-break the TashWag has the deciding vote.


Judges will be voting on:
Length                                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Density                                 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Presentation (ie. effort, awesomeness, style)
                                                1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Shape/ Creativity              1 2 3 4 5
Crowd Response               1 2 3 4 5

Fake contestants have a slightly different score card:

Creativity                             1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Presentation (ie. effort, awesomeness, style)
                                                1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Daring                                   1 2 3 4 5
Crowd Response               1 2 3 4 5 

Length shows a commitment to the competitor’s partial facial hair. Sideburns, goatees, mutton chops etc can all be creatively decorated to be rewarded in extra points.

Moustache hair is the slowest growing facial hair so length shows further commitment than in other categories. No additional facial hair is permitted on the jaw or lower lip.

These fakers create their own beard or moustache from any material. It can be real hair, pinecones, roses, popcorn or whatever the heart desires. The winning fake should be a work of art and something to be admired.

Growing a full natural beard is a testament to patience, good genetics, and good maintenance. Many beards hit capacity length where they can’t grow beyond a certain point because of breakage. Length should be highly regarded, but so should colour, density, and general awesomeness of the beard. No styling products allowed.

Special Award from Roger Philips:
Beard Worth Talking About
This should be one of the most fun categories. Open to both official contestants and audience members. This winner should have the most interesting beard, real or otherwise. Creativity is the key with this freestyle category and anything goes. Styling products and props are allowed.
There are no runners up in this category.

Other awards on the night include:
Best BeerdFester – awarded by the TashWag

Baltic BILF – awarded by the TashWag 
Beard Blind Date - if you want a beardy blind date, sign up when you arrive and the TashWag will endeavour to hook you up! 

Constellations is 35-39 Greenland St, Liverpool off Jamaica St in the Baltic Triangle, its free to participate and just £3 entry otherwise, raising cash for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). 

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