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Festival du Voyageur Beard Growing Contest to Launch Dec. 18

November 26, 2014 11:23 AM | Entertainment

Beard Growing Contest

Serge Gautron (centre) receives a shave with a straight razor by Scott Ramos (left) of Berns & Black Salon in the Festival du Voyageur’s Beard Growing Contest in 2010. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

First came Movember, then Decembeard, but the Festival du Voyageur Beard Growing Contest is on a whole other level.

Leading up to the 2015 festival in February, the 33rd annual scruffy contest will launch on December 18 at Garage Café in St. Boniface.

Festival du Voyageur is partnering with the Heart & Stroke Foundation and Berns and Black in order to offer participants the opportunity to take part in the unique competition while supporting a good cause.

Participants will be clean shaven at the event and let their beard grow until February 20. Categories include the Voyageur Beard (wild and woolly) and the Novelty category (groomed moustache or beard).

Participants must be 18+ and registration fee is $35, however participants who will have collected more than $100 in donations will be exempt of the registration fee.

The official launch runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 166 Provencher Boulevard.