Beard and Moustache Club to hold 4th annual competition

by Daniel Schere

The Beard and Moustache Club of North Carolina will hold its Fourth Annual BAM competition on March 21 from 2pm to 7pm at The Chop Shop, located at 399 E. 35th St in Charlotte. For $25, contestants will have a chance to enter in one of 15 different beard or moustache styles. The money raised will be split between two different charities that include Safe Alliance, a domestic violence shelter in Charlotte, and Backpack Beginnings in Greensboro, which supplies needy children with food and other materials.The club was founded in 2007 by Andrew Dudek, who said his original intent was to erase a negative stigma against people with large amounts of facial hair by creating a venue for socializing.”At my wedding, I was in a three piece and mom my said I looked homeless,” he said. “I was like, ‘you’re kidding me.’ So that was kind of the impetus. Like, we’re going to shed light on people with beards.”The club, which began at M’Coul’s in Greensboro, was the first of its kind in North Carolina, but soon after it was formed they added a Charlotte chapter. There are similar clubs not affiliated with BMCNC in the Triangle and Winston-Salem.Dudek said it wasn’t until the group was three years old that they began to participate in events for charity. He said last year’s competition was an enormous success, as they attracted 132 contestants, 600 spectators and raised almost $10,000. This year’s competition will be judged by five people including Greensboro’s own J Bulluck, the owner of Local Honey.