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Lovely Beard Contest

The mainstay of our evening entertainment at TitanCon over the last five years has been our Masquerade contest. We have had some amazing entrants over the years, some beautiful costumes and memorable performances. Who can forget Hodor and Bran from our first year, or the Greyjoy saltwater blessing ceremony in 2012, or Daenerys and Melisandre winning the epic three-way tied vote in 2013.

For those that love to dress up please see our new Costume Contest that will run throughout the day. But in many ways we feel like the Masquerade has pretty much run it's course at this point, so instead we are going to do something a little different this year...

Tormund Giantsbane

Tormund Giantsbane and his mighty fine beard.
© HBO 2013.

We are pleased to announce that our evening entertainment this year will kick off with the inaugural TitanCon Lovely Beard Contest.

It's like Crufts - only for beards! We're interested in all breeds of beard, from fierce ginger purebreds, to scruffy mutts that make up in personality what they lack in pedigree.

Can your beard do tricks? There'll be a prize for that! And others for grooming, for most imaginative "costume", and of course, the classic, Best in Show.

Feel free to tell us what makes your beard so special - the judges are suckers for an uplifting tale or a sob-story. Or, just let the hair do the talking. Quality will out!

One note of warning, however: performance enhancing drugs are strictly forbidden and your beard may be tested at random.

This contest is not just for the naturally hirsute. Anyone and everyone can enter by constructing their own artificial beard. We will also be running a Beard Construction Workshop during the day with all materials provided if you want to make yourself a beard at TitanCon.

Khal Drogo

Khal Drogo sporting his finely sculpted facial hair.
© HBO 2011.

The TitanCon Lovely Beard Contest offers the following prizes:

To enter the Lovely Beard Contest please fill in the entry form below. Feel free to be as inventive as you like with your answers, create a fictitious origin and history for your beard, an alternative life separate from your own. It all adds to the entertainment!

So start growing out your facial fuzz and experimenting with fancy curls and layers. Or start planning how you'll build your very own beard, let your imagination run wild. The TitanCon Lovely Beard Contest promises to be an awesome night of fun for all!

Lovely Beard Contest rules

  1. Natural beards are judged on size, shape, style, cleanliness, softness and impressiveness.
  2. Artificial beards are judged on the same qualities as above, but also the quality of construction, the inventiveness of the design and clever use of materials. Shop bought or hired beards are allowed, however the judges are more likely to award higher points to beards that have been either fully constructed or at least modified in some way by the entrant.
  3. Each entrant must fill in the sign up form (see below) in order to enter the Lovely Beard Contest. However, depending on numbers we may still be able to accept new entrants on the day. Please ask if you're interested in taking part.
  4. Each entrant will have approximately one minute to walk out onto the stage and show off their beard to the crowd. We regret that we can't allow a full stage performance (no music, no effects) to enhance your walk out. Our MC can read out a short piece of text about you and your lovely beard. No more than 40 words please. We would prefer typed text to hand written please. We make no apologies if the MC says it wrong because he could not read your hand writing. If your introduction text is not on your form then please bring it with you on the day and hand it to the Contest Organiser otherwise our MC will just make something up or ask you crazy questions.
  5. TitanCon is a family event so beards and performances must meet PG-13 standards, therefore no nudity. All beards must be worn on the face. Although the TitanCon Lovely Beard Pageant is loosely based on an 80's Miss World beauty pageant we will not be having a swimsuit round. All participants must be clothed in ways deemed appropriate for walking through a public hotel and appearing in front of a panel of judges that may include children.
  6. The decision of the judging panel is final.
  7. TitanCon accepts no responsibility for any lasting effects on your beard. Should you use any of the glue, glitter or other enhancement products provided on your own beard, then you do so at your own risk.

Lovely Beard Contest Entry Form

Natural Beard
Artificial Beard

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