Make-A-Wish Vermont and ArtsRiot in Burlington have teamed up for a truly Vermont-style fundraiser with the Second Annual Vermont Beardies: the Contest To Find the Best Beard in Vermont.
Bearded Vermonters are invited to enter their magnificent scruff and encourage their friends to support Make-A-Wish Vermont through social media appeals. Contestants will compete online in three categories: Urban, Freestyle, and Backwoods. The contest will culminate with an exciting evening to name the winner featuring celebrity judges and fun contests.
In order to participate, bearded contestants must pre-register now at vermontbeardies.com. The top beards and fundraisers from the online portion of the contest will be invited to participate in a series of in-person contests to judge the majesty of their beards on March 24 at ArtsRiot in Burlington at 5 p.m. The judging panel will include Jonathan Goldsmith (Does Equis’ original Most Interesting Man In The World), Bryan Sturge (2017’s Beardies winner), Jason Gross of Vermont Beard & Mustache, Co., and Wish Kid Noah Cohen.
While promising to be a night of awesome beards, crazy contests, and tons of laughs, the Vermont Beardies is being held to raise much needed funding for Make-A-Wish Vermont. The goal of the event is to fund wishes for two children in Vermont facing critical illnesses.
Make-A-Wish Vermont creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A wish is often the turning point in child’s recovery. Since 1989, Make-A-Wish Vermont has granted over 800 wishes.
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2017 Vermont Beardies winner Bryan Sturge poses with Wish Kid Noah Cohen.