The best in the West Beard Festival is a festival for all things facial hair. On top of that the festival is a fundraiser for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful hosted by none other than The Altruistic American. If you are interested scroll down for more information.
The Best in the West Beard Festival is for everyone. From vendors to the world famous beard competition there is fun to be had by all who attend. We try to add something different every year, just to keep things exciting. Last year we added Peach Fuzz City, a kids area, it was a blast!
All proceeds from TBITWBF go directly to Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. KTMB puts their money where their mouth is. With the money donated they use tools like education, preservation and hands on clean up events to beautify our communities green spaces, ensuring the next generation can enjoy them more than we have!
If you are a die hard beardo like the Founder of TAA, Chris Battenberg, then you might want to check out our Northern Nevada Beard League page. We post our Beard season events there, where you can win an invitation to compete at TBITWBF if you take first place in your category.
This is for all you die hard beardos that just can't or won't part ways with those luscious facial locks! If your beard has more than 20 hairs that measure longer than 12 inches then this category is for you!
This is for all of you that want that monster beard but just can't make it, or maybe it's a beard in training, either way this is the category for you so long as you don't measure over 12 inches.
I'll be your huckleberry! We love this category, it has some of the best characters show up to compete! So long as the hair comes from the upper lip then you are ready to compete!
Yeah you read that right we have a Ladies and Kids category. They don't compete against each other, no worries there. The ladies and kids make their own beard. D.I.Y. and the more creative and decorated the beard the better your chances for a podium win!
*Disclaimer, if a Lady wants to compete with natural hair we are in full support but you will have to compete in the category best suited for your facial hair style and or length.*
This is for all you business beards. The typical shorter than an inch business style beard, the category determination will be up to the registration official, if they say you don't fit the requirements for the category then it's a no to said category, and this goes for all of TBITWBF categories.
This is obviously the crowd favorite and quite frankly we are fans as well. This is for all you beardcasos out there, twist it, curl it, spike it, design it, all is welcome. The only restriction for the Freestyle category is the use of fake hair, fake hair is not allowed for freestyle and is cause for removal from the competition.
For the ones that dont want all that hair in their face but have to keep it real with their inner lumberjack! There must be at least an inch between your goatee and any other facial hair you have.
For all you Johnny Cash fans out there, bring your chops down and show us that you are the man in black! Chops must not connect nor touch any other facial hair by at least an inch.
For all the guys that show up and cant quite fit into a normal category, we don't want to leave you out so here it is. If you don't meet requirements for any of the other categories listed then we will put you into this one. This decision will be made at registration by the registration official.
While the event is free to attend it is a charitable fundraiser for KTMB. Cost to enter the beard competition is $20 per category entered. Make sure to bring enough cash for the silent auction, vendors and food trucks! We will not have an ATM on site, please plan ahead.
The Festival is a family friendly event, the little ones are welcome to attend the festival so long as they are supervised.
If you would like to volunteer please reach out to TAA through our contact us page and we will be happy to figure something out.
We have a plethora of vendors to choose from, make sure you have time to check them all out. If you would like to vend at the event please contact TAA through our contact us page and we will send you the vendor packet.
We will have at least one food truck at the festival, we are hoping to get more but that is still to be determined.
There will be alcohol sold during the event by the Tap Wagon.
We will have registration available at the festival for a few hours before the competition begins.