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On your marks… get set… GROW!

About the Okanagan Beard Festival… 

The Okanagan Beard Festival is the only event of its kind in the Okanagan

We’re celebrating beards… in ALL their glory!

Canadian men are world-reknowned for their magnificent beards, and the men of BC’s Okanagan Valley are upholding that tradition splendidly! This festival celebrates the bearded lifestyle with a fun and friendly beard competition – with prizes and awards for the best-of-the-best.

The festival is being co-produced by Penticton’s own Okanoggin Barber Shop and Splendid Bastard Beard Supply.  

Okanoggin Barber Shop & Men’s Grooming Room

Penticton, BC 

Okanoggin Barber Shop is Penticton’s premiere men’s grooming room!
Come in today for some beard work and a haircut.

Splendid Bastard Beard Supply

Penticton, BC

Splendid Bastard beard grooming products are hand-made in small batches,
using all-natural ingredients – right here in Penticton!

Judges

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Bethany Handfield

 Bethany Handfield is a local artist and business woman. Her keen artistic eye also follows style and fashion trends of all sorts. As “Mrs. Splendid Bastard” she has become somewhat of a beard expert, as one of the main sources of feedback in the development of the Splendid Bastard Beard Supply product line.    

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Ed Schneider

Ed Schneider is a life-long student of the performing arts, having worked onstage, in film and television. He is one of the founding members of Many Hats Theatre Company, and has always had an eye for what makes a visual statement… and a classy beard is just one element of that!

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Alana Wadsworth

Alana Wadsworth is an Executive Assistant with a legal background who is originally from Vancouver.  This summer she travelled from coast to coast and silently judged many beards. She is looking forward to officially giving her opinion out loud for Okanagan beards.

Schedule of Events

Round #3 (Feb. 20, 2017) 6 – 9 pm:

The Nest & Nectar Restaurant

Come down to the historical Cannery Trade Center and join us for breakfast, lunch, evening tapas and cocktails. Our concept encompasses down to earth, creative food and drink using the Okanagan’s finest nectar! Local. Simple. Delicious. Made with love.

1475 Fairview Road, Penticton, BC

Festival Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the competition?

The only way to register is in-person at our registration event from 6 – 9 pm. on Jan. 16th, 2017 at The Cannery Brewing Company (198 Ellis Street, Penticton, BC). The reason that you must register in-person is so your photo and beard/mustache measurements can be taken. We want the competition to be fair for all, so no registrations will be taken before or after the registration event.  

How does the competition work?

The competition is divided into 3 divisions: Beards, mustaches & beard/mustache combinations. Each division has several categories (12 in total), in which the winner will be determined by a combination of measurements taken during the 12-weeks of the festival, as well as by our panel of judges.

There are 6 measurements taken over the course of the competition, starting on January 16th. Final measurements will be taken on April 26th, at the Awards event. 

Do I have to have a beard to enter?

No, you can start the competition clean-shaven if you prefer. The competition lasts for 12 weeks – from Jan. 16 to Apr. 24 – which gives all competitors plenty of growing time. 

If I miss an event, will I be disqualified?

No, you won’t be disqualified for missing an event. The competition is based on a cumulative score from the 3 measurements combined with the judges’ scores. However, if you miss one (or more) of the events, it may negatively affect your cumulative score.

If you cannot make it to the finals, unfortunately you cannot be measured or judged and your name will be withdrawn from the competition. But hey, don’t worry – you’ll still have your awesome beard! 

 

In the News

Penticton Western News

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Castanet News

Penticton Herald

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Gentlemen, start your beards!

Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2016

By JOE FRIES

Facial hair will be celebrated in all its glory beginning tonight during the opening round of the Okanagan Beard Festival in Penticton, BC.

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Penticton Western News

Beards abound with new festival

Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

By DALE BOYD

Tim Tweed and Peter Beauchamp have created so many pristine beards in Penticton they decided it was time for the facial hair to go face-to-face in direct competition.

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Castanet News

Beard fest gets hairy

Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

By DEBORAH PFEIFFER

Forty-seven men will have their facial hair judged at a unique competition underway in Penticton. The first ever Okanagan Beard Festival kicked off at Cannery Brewing, Monday night.

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