Most of the beards you see on campus are just that. However, on Wednesday, one West Virginia University student’s beard will be deemed the champion of all beards at WVU.

The Mountaineer Week Beard Growing Competition champion will be awarded at noon Wednesday (Nov. 2) on the Mountainlair grand staircase following a critique by the female judging panel.

The event is a sequel to the Oct. 12 group shave. Since then, contestants have competitively grown their beards for three weeks.

First, second and third-place winners will receive $100, $75 and $50, respectively.

For more information, contact Taylor Richmond, Beard Growing Competition event chair, at

Mountaineer Week is an annual celebration of West Virginia’s rich Appalachian heritage and traditions. The activities serve to remind and educate WVU students about the culture that has made West Virginia what it is today. This fall, the festival commemorates its 64th year. For a complete schedule of events, visit the Mountaineer Week website at

Mountaineer Week is a great time to remember days gone by. Share with us your own WVU memories through the University’s Heritage Project. Do you have a special recollection from Mountaineer Week? Tell us at



CONTACT: Sonja Wilson, Mountaineer Week Advisor

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