New to this year’s Myrtle Beach Military Appreciations Days is a Veterans Beard and ‘Stache Beach Bash, where participants will compete in a number of facial hair categories – including one for women.
Men entering the competition need to be veterans. To broaden the contest, organizer Dana King said women who would like to participate don’t have to be veterans.
“Ladies just have to be a lady and show up,” he said during a February Military Appreciation Days Committee meeting. “Generally that is a bigger draw than a bunch of hairy dudes on stage.”
King said the event has gotten a positive response to the event and some people have registered in advance.
“We’ve got a few ladies signed up,” he said Monday. “I think we’re going to get a lot of people registering the day of.”
King said he believes the event will be the first-ever veteran-exclusive beard and mustache competition.
“[The committee was] looking for different things we could do,” he said in February. “I was looking for something unique, something that hadn’t been done before and is fun.”
To register for the competition, show up to the former Pavilion grounds at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, after the Memorial Day weekend parade. Registrants can sign in at the “beard table” near the concert stage. Registration closes at 12:15 p.m. and the competition begins on stage at 12:30 p.m., following the National Anthem.
Categories include full beard, trimmed beard, partial beard, styled ’stache, natural ’stache, goatee, for veterans, and for all women, Ladies’ Faux. The winner in each category will receive a trophy. There also will be awards given to the crowd favorite and best overall.
The competition is part of the family picnic being held on the grounds, located between Eighth and Ninth avenues north along Ocean Boulevard.
For more information about this year’s military days events, visit www.militaryappreciationdays.com.