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Competition Details

The 4th Annual Carolina Beard and Moustache Competition!

Welcome to the land of the old north state where we believe in southern hospitality and breaking bread over sweet tea & BBQ. Once again this year we are hosting our annual competition to the largest metropolis in the Carolinas, Charlotte, which is also home to our newest chapter. Excitement is an understatement of how stoked we are about the programming we have in place for this weekend. Mark your calendars and take off work for what will be a thrill ride of beards, beer, and great times!

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Moustaches & Partial Beards

  1. Natural Moustache
  2. NO - Styling aids NOT allowed

    Your moustache as it grows naturally, the more natural the better! You may shape it but without the use of styling aids.

    Definition: a natural moustache shaped without the use of any pomades, waxes, or other products.

  3. Styled Moustache
  4. YES - Styling aids allowed

    This category includes WBMC recognized categories of English, Hungarian/Wild West, Dali, Imperial, and Freestyle.

    Definition: a creatively styled and shaped moustache through the use of pomades, waxes, creams, and other products and styling tools.

  5. Sideburns & Chops
  6. YES - Styling aids allowed
    NO - Freestyle NOT allowed

    Must be a true sideburn, no natural or shaven gap by the ear. Chin is shaven and hair is optional on the upper lip.

    Definition: a strip of hair grown down each side of the face in front of the ears that does not connect to the chin.

  7. Goatee
  8. NO - Styling aids NOT allowed

    Your goatee as it grows naturally, the more natural the better! Moustache is optional. Goatee and moustache can be accentuated but without styling aids. No curled moustaches! There must be a clean shaven section at least 4cm wide (the width of a razor blade) between the onset of the head hair and the beard.

    Definition: a small, sometimes pointed beard extending from chin that does not connect to head hair.

  9. Partial Beard
  10. YES - Styling aids allowed
    NO - Freestyle NOT allowed

    This category includes WBMC recognized categories of Musketeer, Fu Manchu and Imperial partial beards.

    Definition: a natural beard that covers much of the face but does not connect entirely all the way around.

  11. Donegal / Whaler
  12. NO - Styling aids NOT allowed
    NO - Moustaches NOT allowed

    Your beard as it grows naturally, the more natural the better. Beard may be groomed or natural as it lays.

    Definition: the "Abe Lincoln" is a thick beard fully covering the entire chin from ear to ear along the jaw line without connecting to a moustache (not to be confused with a "chinstrap" which does not fully cover the chin)

  13. Whiskerina - Ladies' Realistic
  14. LADIES ONLY!

    These beards follow the traditional and realistic structure of a beard and moustache. They can be creative in the use of materials, but with the goal of appearing realistic. The most realistic looking beard does not necessarily win. The "realism" of a beard is one factor among many to be judged, just as length does not win every comp but must be factored in with width, color and overall look.

    Judged on: realism, craftsmanship, and overall aesthetic appeal.

  15. Whiskerina - Ladies' Creative
  16. LADIES ONLY!

    These beard use creative materials in their construction. They do not necessarily follow the traditional structure of a beard or moustache in size or dimension. Rather, these beards can be artistic and abstract representations of beards and or moustaches.

    Judged on: overall creativity, craftsmanship, and overall aesthetic appeal.

Full Beards

  1. Under 1"
  2. YES - Styling aids allowed

    A highly groomed and manicured beard no longer then 1 inch. Shaping and manscaping encouraged.

  3. 1" - 6"
  4. NO - Styling aids NOT allowed

    Full beard as it grows and left natural, the more natural the better! The moustache is seamlessly blended into the beard. Length and/or width measured from the bottom of the lower lip.

  5. 6" - 12"
  6. NO - Styling aids NOT allowed

    Full beard as it grows and left natural, the more natural the better! The moustache is seamlessly blended into the beard. Length and/or width measured from the bottom of the lower lip.

  7. 12" and Over
  8. NO - Styling aids NOT allowed

    Full beard as it grows and left natural, the more natural the better! The moustache is seamlessly blended into the beard. Length and/or width measured from the bottom of the lower lip.

  9. Groomed Beard (Verdi & Garibaldi)
  10. YES - Styling aids allowed
    NO - Freestyle NOT allowed

    This category includes WBMC recognized categories of Verdi, and Garibaldi.

    Definition: the beard is rounded and shaped as it grows naturally and the moustache may be optionally curled and styled.

  11. Full Beard: Natural w/ Styled Moustache
  12. YES - Styling aids allowed in MOUSTACHE ONLY
    NO - Styling aids NOT allowed in beard.

    The moustache is distinct from the beard & may be styled as in other moustache categories. Styling aids are permitted on the moustache only. The beard appears as it grows and left natural. The more natural the better! No styling aids are permitted on the beard.

  13. Freestyle Beard
  14. YES - Styling aids allowed (and encouraged)

    Styling aids allowed. Judged on pure creativity and originality.

  15. Best of BAM
  16. Final Round - 1st Place Winners Only!

    We will host a BEST of BAM category with all the first place winners competing for the overall title of "Best In Show!"

Schedule of Events

Friday March 21st

  1. (Time TBA) Welcoming Party

    NoDa Brewing
    2229 N Davidson Street, CLT NC 28205

    Meet and greet your fellow contestants at one of our favorite local breweries on the night before the event. Plenty of beer on tap and there's always some good food truck stationed just outside! This is a great way to get to know each other before taking the stage in battle the following day!

Saturday March 22nd

  1. (1:00pm) Registration / Check-In / Pre-Judging

    The Chop Shop NoDa
    Address and Map Below

    In case you STILL don't have a ticket at this point, we're opening up one hour early to accept final ticket purchases as well as handle check-ins for all competitors. Speaking of which, there may also be some pre-judging areas in case we get too many contestants in a single category.

  2. (2:00pm) The Carolina BAM Competition Begins!

    The Chop Shop NoDa
    Address and Map Below

    This is it. This is what it's all been about.

  3. (6:00pm - 7:00pm) Competition Ends / Clean-Up Begins

    That's all, folks, the show is over! Now we're going to clean this place up before we all completely vacate to the after party. Feel free to stay and help out, the more of us there are the faster we're out of there!

  4. (7:00pm) After Party

    Sanctuary Pub
    507 East 36th Street, CLT NC 28205

    For those not yet wishing for bedtime we're going to migrate just up the street to a local watering hole for some continued refreshments and merriment. We hope you'll join us!

Sunday March 23rd

  1. (Time TBA) Farewell Brunch

    Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop
    1320 South Church Street (Suite 100), CLT NC 28203

    Join us for one last hurrah with some tasty eats and fermented drinks as we celebrate this past weekend before everyone hits the road home. The weekend always seems to go by so quickly in retrospect so it's nice to have one last chance to sit together and reflect!

Map & Directions

The Chop Shop

399 E 35th St.
Charlotte, NC 28205


(704) 765-2467


ChopShopNoda.com »

Directions via Google Maps



Directions from I-77

  1. Take exit 11A and merge onto I-277 S go 0.5 mi
  2. Take exit 3A and merge onto E 11th St go 0.4 mi
  3. Turn left onto N Davidson St go 1.9 mi
  4. Turn left onto E 35th St, cross the train tracks, and you're in the parking lot.

Directions from I-85

  1. Take exit 36 for Brookshire Blvd go 2.0 mi
  2. Continue on I-277 S (Brookshire Blvd) go 0.9 mi
  3. Take exit 3A and merge onto E 11th St go 0.4 mi
  4. Turn left onto N Davidson St go 1.9 mi
  5. Turn left onto E 35th St, cross the train tracks, and you're in the parking lot.

Hotel Accomodations

Super 8 Motel

(704-598-8820 "ask for Latasha")

5100 Equipment Dr, Charlotte NC 28269
(Sugar Creek Rd. exit 41 off I-85 - Known locally as "the good side of Sugar Creek")

Rate: $49.95 (plus tax) per night
(Ask for the "Carolina BAM Competition Group Rate")

LARGE GROUP? They are allowing up to SIX people per room without any extra charge!

3.1 miles from the competition site, interior doors, 24hr security. Gas, food, & bar within close walking distance - in fact the hotel is right next to a Cookout and a little soul food place called The Chicken Box.


Candlewood Suites

(704-598-9863)

8812 University East Drive, Charlotte NC 28213

Ask for the "Carolina BAM Group Rates"

Rate 1: $71.99 (plus tax)
Studio suite, includes Queen bed with fully equipped kitchen (full size refrigerator, microwave, 2 burner stove top, sink, and dishwasher)

Rate 2: $81.99 (plus tax)
One Bedroom Suite, includes Queen bed with pull out sleeper sofa and fully equipped kitchen

6.6 miles from the competition site and less than a mile from a ton of great food options.

The Judges

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The Process of Judging and Awarding Points

A judge's role is to award points according to how much they like the facial hair (highest points to the most preferred), which will then be added to other judge's scores to decide 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. There are no standard criteria for making the judgement - it is totally subjective to the desires of each judge.

First, the contestants in each class will be presented and in a group on the stage holding numbered placards representing their entry number.

They will then parade individually, as creatively as they like, in front of the audience and the panel of judges.

Each judge will then give a ranking score between 5 and 10 points to each contestant, the highest points awarded to the most preferred entry. (Half points are also possible!)

The point values 10, 9.5, and 9 can only be given once by each judge in each class. Each judge may award any of the other point values as often as they like.

When the judges have settled on a score, together, they will hold up the appropriate numbered placard for each place.

The positions 1st, 2nd, and 3rd must be decided clearly. In the event of equal scores, a second vote will be conducted (this applies only to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place). In the event of two entrants gaining the same score, the judges will be asked to award 5 or 3 points to each contestant. The judges will NOT know whether this is for 1st and 2nd place, or 2nd and 3rd places. In the event of three entrants gaining the same score, the judges will be asked to award 5, 3, or 1 points to each contestant. Highest points, again, awarded to the most preferred.

** Any class that has twenty or more contestants will be divided, by random draw, into smaller groups. Each group will be scored using the point system above. Once all the divided groups have been scored, the top three of each group will then be judged and scored again to award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

One of the rules of the competition is "Protest of any decision by the judges will incur disqualification from this competition!"

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Contact Us

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