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Silver Lake library to host facial-hair face-off Dec. 20

November 15, 2011 | 11:21 am

2011 LA Beard and Mustache Competition
Beardmen and 'stache-thletes working on their winter coats will have a chance to put their best face forward in an upcoming beard and mustache competition presented by the Silver Lake Branch Library.

The new event, which joins an increasingly crowded calendar of facial-hair face-offs around the country, will be awarding first-, second- and third-place prizes in six categories titled: Hipster, Best Fake, Most Scholarly, Most Outrageous, Go Big or Go Home and, the one that's our favorite given the time of year, Santa Claus.

The inaugural competition's sponsors include Silver Lake Wine, Cha Cha Lounge (which will be serving up commemorative pint glasses after the competition), Rockaway Records, Red Lion Tavern, Relapse Records and Mane 'n Tail shampoo (seriously).

Organizer Johathan Pitre, who works at the library, told us he was inspired to put the event together when he found out that none other than world-class beardsman and two-time world champion Jack Passion had recently relocated to the Silver Lake neighborhood from his former home of Walnut Creek, Calif. 

"Jack is going to come in and talk about his facial-hair book," Pitre told All The Rage. "And with these kinds of competitions becoming more popular -- and even being on TV -- I thought it would be a way to do something that was relevant and current and introduce a whole bunch of people to the library at the same time."

The competition, which is free to enter, is scheduled to take place on Dec. 20 starting at 6 p.m. at the Silver Lake Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 2411 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles. Competitors are asked to register by Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. by e-mailing Pitre at 


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Photos: Contestants take the stage at the first annual Los Angeles Beard & Mustache Competition earlier this year. The Silver Lake Branch Library has announced it will hold a similar facial-hair face-off on Dec. 20, 2011. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times