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Annual mustache and beard contest at Pit N Pub, Sept. 8

By Kara Hallissey | Sep 07, 2017
Bearded Men’s Society of Ocean City members Jon Conley, who operates Berlin-based Uncle Jon’s which produces local handmade artisan beard care items, left, and Rob Dunne look ready to compete during the 2016 Beard and Mustache Competition at Pit N Pub on 28th Street.

(Sept. 8, 2017) The Bearded Men’s Society of Ocean City will host its third annual beard and mustache competition tonight at the 28th Street Pit N Pub, which benefits Diakonia in West Ocean City.

There is no cost to attend the event, which begins at 6 p.m., and anyone who makes a donation can enter the contest.

All are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item such as canned food, paper towels, trash bags, laundry detergent, toilet paper, soap, disinfectant wipes and Ziploc bags, or cash, which will be donated to Diakonia, a residence in West Ocean City that provides emergency and transitional housing, food services, counseling and assistance to its guests.

In addition, Pit N Pub will donate a portion of the evening’s sales to the nonprofit organization.

Last year, an entire truck full of donation items were presented to Diakonia along with $2,500 in cash.

“The event is a family-friendly good time for all, both participants and the audience,” said Robb Dunne, who is coordinating the event along with Dan Woods and Alex Ottenstein, all members of the Bearded Men’s Society. “We will have a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. It all goes to Diakonia, a great local charity.”

Local musicians Scott Glorioso and Walt Farozic will provide the jams with the beard and mustache competition slated to begin around 7 p.m.

Plaques will be presented to the winners in seven categories: best fakest beard, longest, widest, groomed, softest, worst groomed and best in show.

“Plaques were donated by Uncle Jon’s Soap Shop and made by Plak That,” Dunne said.

Last year, about 30 people and animals competed in the competitions.

“The fakest category was won by a dog last year,” Dunne said. “The fakest category lets anyone get involved, not just bearded guys. Woman, kids and even pets. Just come up with the coolest beard creation.”

Tickets will be sold for a 50/50 raffle and cost $1 each or get six for $5. The winner will receive half of the pot and the other half will be donated to Diakonia. The winner does not need to be present, but must have a legible name and number written on the ticket. The drawing will take place around 9 p.m.

In addition, a silent auction will be taking place during the event with gift cards from local businesses, a golf package and other items.

“This will be the third annual Bearded Men’s Society of Ocean City competition,” Dunne said. “We will also be announcing at this event another regional bearded competition that will be here in Ocean City in 2018. It will be sponsored by three beard clubs representing Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia.”

Dunne, founder of the Bearded Men’s Society, came up with the idea for the first beard and mustache competition in 2015. He always wanted to hold a contest in the area and the venue finally worked out.

The local club meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Pizza Tugos in West Ocean City to talk about how members can impact the community by collecting items for local charities, participating in beach cleanups and hosting events.

The free benefit for Diakonia combined with a beard and mustache competition takes place Friday, Sept. 8, at the Pit N Pub on 28th Street from 6-9 p.m.

“Please come out and help us make this event even better than last year,” Dunne said. “There was a wait to get into Pit N Pub last year during the event so at least 125 [attended].”

For more information, visit the event Facebook page, “3rd Annual Beard & Mustache Competition.”

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