West Virginia University’s annual beard growing competition begins with a group shave at noon on Oct. 12 in the Mountainlair.

Mountaineer Mascot Brock Burwell asks participating students to challenge his legendary beard for a $100 prize and year-long bragging rights.

Contest organizers hope to see 75-100 participants in the event, which marks the beginning of Mountaineer Week scheduled for Oct. 28 through Nov. 6.

There is no pre-registration for the event. Winners will be selected on Nov. 12 by a panel of judges. Second-place will receive $75, and third-place will receive $50. Burwell will emcee the event.

The month-long contest has been one of the most popular Mountaineer Week events since its start in 1949.

“Just as the beard has become a memorable part of the Mountaineer Mascot, the beard shaving contest has become a memorable part of Mountaineer Week,” said Taylor Richmond, chair of the event.

Mountaineer Week is WVU’s way of paying tribute to West Virginia’s rich Appalachian heritage and traditions. The event aims to remind and educate WVU students about the culture that has made West Virginia what it is today. This fall, the festival celebrates its 64th year.

For more information, contact Richmond at Taylor.Richmond@mail.wvu.edu.

-WVU-

CONTACT: Katlin Stinespring, Mountaineer Week
kmstinespring@gmail.com

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