A Parade of Beards

Last Saturday, Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) played host to the bearded and mustachioed of Somerville and beyond at BeardFest. Presented by the Somerville Arts Council, the afternoon event featured a beard and mustache competition, a station to create your very own fake beard and some epic (real and fake) facial hair.

I was one of the contest judges, along with BeardFest brainchild Todd Easton and Michael Katz (better known to some as Archibald Query, inventor of Fluff), which gave me an up close and personal look at the dozens of beards and mustaches on display. Contestants competed in five categories: natural full beard, free-style full beard, free-style moustache, free-style partial beard (which includes goatees, sideburns and any other creative combination of the above) and best fake beard. Creativity ruled the day’s competition, especially in the fake beard category, where a baby nearly stole the show!

The winner in the natural full beard category was Brian Roy, a santa look-alike who said he was more satan than santa. Brad Petrinec ran away with the free-style full beard category, completing his look with a snazzy vest. In the free-style moustache category, David Mosher won with his well-coiffed entry. Benjamin Lewis was awarded the winner of the free-style partial beard contest, though he was also the only competitor. And in the fake beard category, Becky Gosselin ran away with the prize for her carefully crafted bottle cap beard.

We took literally hundreds of photos at the event, but whittled them down to just the best, which you’ll find below. I had a great time judging the contest and getting to meet some of you, the Beat’s lovely readers!

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