In August 2015, the biggest and boldest beards and mo’s took the stage in the second annual NZ Beard & Moustache Competition.
People came from all over the country to be part of the hairiest night of the year at the Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland. Categories included Best Beard and Best Moustache, and the competitors went all out with their entries. Even the ladies got a look-in this year with the new category ‘Whiskerinas’ (ladies wearing fake beards/moustaches).
In total, just under 500 people came out for the event. Organiser Ygnacio Cervio, who brought competitive beard growing events to New Zealand, was thrilled with the turnout.
“We had 51 beard contestants, ten moustache contestants and ten Whiskerinas,” he says.
In the end, it was Christchurch’s Sam Wakelin who took out first place in the Best Beard category. It was Sam’s second time taking out the top spot; he won the title last year as well. Second place for Best Beard went to Brian Wilson, and Malcolm “Santa” Dixon placed third.
When it came to the moustaches, Stu Giles was the big winner of the night. Second place for Best Moustache went to Lance O´Dell, and third place to Tim Hall.
In the new Whiskerina category, Fran Henricksen took home the top prize while the Crowd Favourite award went to Jason Moorfield.
Along with the competition, the night also featured live music, entertainment, and raffle prizes. There were facial hair grooming products available for purchase too – including from the event’s main sponsor, Lambert’s Luscious Beard Oil. Bearded NZ also travelled from the Coromandel to be there, and Vinny’s Barber Shop had a stall promoting his new shop. PLebHouse was at the door giving away 100 free leave-in beard conditioner samples.
All proceeds from the night went to the Child Cancer Foundation. Organiser Ygnacio was happy with the results, saying the event raised around $4000 in total for this great organisation.