Gossip Shop Beard Competition

Do you have an amazing beard? Come show it off at Arktoberfest and win swag from The Gossip Shop!

CATEGORIES: Best Of Show, Longest Beard, Most Interesting Beard, Best Use of Baubles, Best Kept Beard, Best Moustache, and Best Effort

Best of Show: The beard to rule all beards! Come see if your whiskers have what it takes to woo the judges.

Longest Beard: You’ve devoted a significant chunk of your life to your beard, and it’s high time you were rewarded! Stretch it out and see if you measure up.

Most Interesting Beard: Look up amazing beards online, and you’ll see what we mean. If you can do it without decoration, you’re in the running! Have decorations? See the next category.

Best Use of Baubles: bau·bleˈbôbəl/ noun: 1. a small, showy trinket or decoration. 2. a baton formerly used as an emblem by jesters. Make us smile!

Best Kept Beard: Ladies like a man who takes care of his whiskers! Put that beard oil to good use and show us a well-kept beard that fits the man.

Best Moustache: Because hipsters.

Best Effort: Well, you know… Not everyone can rock a full beard, but everyone should try!

JUDGING: An impartial panel of judges will rate participants’ beards and select a winner in each category. The top ten beards overall will be called back to the stage for another viewing, and the judges will select the best of show.

WANT TO BE A JUDGE? If you love beards, you may have what it takes to judge this competition. Send us an email with your name, phone number, hometown, occupation, and a brief explanation of why you think you’d be a great beard judge!


How do I enter? Admission to the festival is free, and registration for the beard competition is available at the festival. Click here to buy tickets for beer sampling and catfish or to enter the Zombie Run. Don’t worry if you don’t know what all you need–you can come back and add things later.

What category should I enter? All beards will be judged in all applicable categories. For example, if you have baubles, you wouldn’t be judged in the Most Interesting Beard category, but you would be judged in all the others.

What criteria will the judges use? These are certified pogonophiles we’re talking about. They know a good beard when they see it!

Can women compete? Are you kidding? Of course they can! But real beards only, please.