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FDV launches Beard Growing Contest

Community members invited to participate in time-honoured event for good cause

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In this file photo, Stu Ritterman, a previous Festival du Voyageur Beard Growing Contest entrant combs through his beard.

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In this file photo, Stu Ritterman, a previous Festival du Voyageur Beard Growing Contest entrant combs through his beard. Photo Store Photo Store

It’s almost time to let it grow.


Festival du Voyageur’s 32nd annual Beard Growing Contest will be officially launched at Le Garage Café (166 Provencher Blvd.) on Thurs., Dec. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m., it has been announced.


The organization is partnering with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Berns & Black Salon & Spa to give participants the chance to take part in a time-honoured event while supporting a good cause.


By registering for the Festival Beard category, participants must agree to be clean-shaven on Thurs., Dec. 12 and let their beards grow until Fri., Feb. 21, 2014, organizers say.


Contestants will also be asked to collect donations for the foundation during the 10-week growing period. There is a registration fee of $35, but participants who raise more than $100 will have the fee waived. Each participant will receive a souvenir package, including an official event T-shirt and a 10-day pass to Festival du Voyageur.


If this category isn’t for you, individuals are also invited to enter in the Voyageur Beard category (wild and woolly) and the Novelty category (groomed mustache).


Also, there is a new Open category for this year’s contest for creative-minded individuals. Participants in this category — both male and female — don’t need to be able to grow a beard. Instead, they must show their creativity and fabricate their own beard. The participant with the best beard, based on originality, will walk off with the grand prize.


For more information, including entry requirements, or to register online, visit www.heho.ca

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