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Battle of the beards moves hairy competition to Downtown theater

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at 10:40AM
Mae Ryan/KPCC

Jeffrey Moustache dons a freestyle beard at the Silverlake Beard and Mustache competition. The L.A. Beard and Mustache competition is planned for June 24th in DTLA.

The L.A. Beard and Mustache competition is moving their tournament of facial hair to the Belasco Theater in Downtown for their second annual competition coming up next month.

The June 24th event runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a dinner intermission at 5:30. The hairy competitions includes "Business Beard," "Sideburns & Chops," "Styled Mustache" and a wildcard "Freestyle" category. There is even a "Whiskerina" entry for the ladies, who construct fake, elaborate mustaches for their own competition.

Tickets for the beard and mustache event are $15 for spectators and $25 for competitors. The theme for this year's event is "classic Hollywood and the 1920s," so attendees are encouraged to "get in the spirit and try your hand at an elegant look, too," according to the website.

The approximately seven-hour-event includes live music, DJs, a raffle, food trucks and full bars (with some of the "sexiest/hunkiest ‘tenders in the greater Los Angeles area").

The club's president and founder, John Myatt, is a celebrity in the facial hair world himself, holding the 2011 world champion title in the "Groomed Beard" category.

Myatt founded the Los Angeles Beard and Mustache club in 2010, after he attended the National Beard and Mustache Championships in Oregon and was disappointed by the SoCal presence at the event, according to a press release.

The group's monthly meetings began with about 10 people and now has grown closer to 50. They held their first competition in North Hollywood last year and according to their website, the event sold out within 15 minutes of the doors opening.

The Belasco Theater is located at 1050 S. Hill Street and has a larger capacity than last year's event -- it's expected to hold up to 1,000 people.

For tickets and more information go to the L.A. Beard and Mustache Competition website. For a peek into last year's event, see the clip below:

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