Southeastern Beard and Mustache Championship back for sixth year this weekend

Vic Martinson and Mikey Steel at the Recovery Room during the welcome party for a previous Holy City Beard and Moustache Society’s Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships.

In Charleston, it almost seems like beards have become contagious among the younger population of men. But that’s not a complaint. They’re like jeans. They look good with everything, and they fit practically anybody: burly frame, skinny, short, tall, long hair, no hair.

However, there is a secret art that goes into growing and maintaining the perfect beard-moustache combo. Those with head-turning facial hair put thought into the shape, length and style of their ‘staches and stubble.

Thus, the Southeastern Beard and Mustache Championship was born. Now in its sixth year, the competition held by the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society judges men’s facial follicles in three classes: full beard, partial beard and moustache, with a total of 13 categories including “salty dogs” for graying bears, college students’ beards, styled and natural facial hair. There are even two categories for women to sport their own artificial beards and moustaches, which are judged for creativity. All proceeds from the event benefit the Center for Women’s Lowcountry Women With Wings, a program dedicated to women’s health awareness.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Music Farm, 32 Ann St.

Price: $10

More info: www.holycitybeards.org/comp.php