While scanning social-media outlets the other day, I came across a headline that seemed like it might have been posted by The Onion, but it wasn't. The article described how the profits of America's razor industry are falling, and that the hipster beard epidemic is being blamed for blunting the biz. This isn't really, truly new — check out dadsaretheoriginalhipster.tumblr.com to catch a look at the first round of babes to buck the clean-shaven policy of their youths, and to see from where many of today's young men are snagging their style.
The trend may or may not last, but while the face-blade industry quakes, formerly chiseled jaws continue to spurn shaving in favor of fur, and lads and ladies alike have been swooning over the manly look. If you like your menfolk fuzzy, head over to Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) on Saturday, August 17, 6:30 p.m. for the Northeast Regional Beard & Moustache Championships. That's right, dudes, your face weeds and follicles are about to be judged.
The Rochester Beardsmen Society (yep!) travels the United States attending beard and moustache competitions, and will now hold their own, aimed to benefit the Villa of Hope as well as the family of a society member who died suddenly.
Organizers invite competitors in all levels of hairy devotion to be evaluated in one of 17 categories to suit many beard and moustache styles. Ladies shall not be left out nor cast aside! Women are encouraged to compete in fake beard and moustache categories with handcrafted hair. So this may be the only time I'll get to utter this phrase, but come and admire my glorious beard, y'all.
General admission to the event is $15 presale or $20 day-of, and $20-$45 for competitors (basic, special, or VIP — competitor check in is 3-5 p.m.). A pre-party with 40 Rod Lightning and Huskey Burnette will take place on Friday, August 16, at Abilene Bar & Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Way). The event starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free with proof of ticket purchased for Saturday's event. Otherwise, admission is $10 for ages 18+ and $8 for ages 21+. For more information, call 325-5600 or visit rocbeardsmen.com.