Local club to host a battle of the beards

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 03:18 PM

You know a man is serious about his beard when he can tell you exactly how long it is — down to the half-inch — without so much as pulling out a ruler.
Such a man is Randall Odom, whose full beard — 6½ inches and still growing, if you’re curious — prompted him to found the fledgling High Point Beard & Moustache Club, an organization dedicated to celebrating facial follicles.
The club, which was created a couple of months ago, will host its inaugural beard and moustache competition this weekend.
“We’re going to have people coming from up and down the East Coast and local people, too,” says Odom, of High Point. “Anybody can enter who pays the entry fee.”
The competition will take place at 8 p.m. Sunday at Claddagh Bar & Restaurant in High Point. It’s being held in conjunction with a fundraising concert and silent auction to benefit Randy Bishop, the owner of Crazy Dog Music, who recently underwent a triple bypass procedure.
“When somebody falls, you try to help pick them back up,” Odom says, “and that’s what we want to do. This will be a good time, but we’re also trying to help someone in our community.”
The event will feature four live bands performing from 4 to 8 p.m., plus a silent auction from 3 to 8 p.m.
The beard and moustache competition — which will be similar to those featured on the “Whisker Wars” reality show on the IFC cable network — will include categories such as Freestyle Moustaches, 6-Inch-and-Under Beards, 6-Inch-Plus Beards, Goatees/Partial Beards and Freestyle Beards.
“There’s also a children’s category, where they can make their own beard,” Odom says. “And there’s a women’s category that we call ‘Whiskerinas’ — they can enter with real facial hair or design their own beard or moustache.”
Creativity is crucial, he adds, explaining that he once saw a children’s category won by a 4-month-old girl whose father had painted a moustache above her upper lip.
Trophies will be awarded to the winners.
In addition to Odom, another competitor will be Ed Jones of Archdale, whose wife encouraged him to start growing a beard about a year and a half ago.
“I don’t have a beard or a moustache,” Oenita Blair-Jones says with a laugh, “but I like beards. One day he said, ‘I think I’d like to grow one,’ and I said, ‘Well, it can’t be just a moustache — it has to be a full beard.’ And he’s been growing his ever since.”
The club is open not just to bearded and mustachioed men, but anyone who has an appreciation for facial hair.
Though the group is largely social, Odom says one of his missions is to help make beards more widely accepted, both socially and in the workplace.
“Sometimes you can get a lot of strange looks when your beard’s seven or eight inches long,” he says. “But we think they should be more accepted.”
For more information about the High Point Beard & Moustache Club, visit www.growninhighpoint.com.
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The High Point Beard & Moustache Club will host its inaugural beard and moustache competition at 8 p.m. Sunday at Claddagh Bar & Restaurant, 130 E. Parris Ave.
The competition is being held in conjunction with a fundraising concert and silent auction to benefit Randy Bishop, the owner of Crazy Dog Music, who recently underwent a triple bypass procedure.
The silent auction will be from 3 to 8 p.m.
The music will be from 4 to 8 p.m. and will feature Jordan Powers (of House of Fools) at 4 p.m., The Radials at 5 p.m., The Wailin’ Mojos (with special guests) at 6 p.m., and Sole Citizen at 7 p.m.
Admission is free, but there’s a $20 entry fee for the beard and moustache competition, which is open to men, women and children.
For more information, visit www.growninhighpoint.com.