Calling all beards: the second annual Vermont Beardies is on

BURLINGTON — Make-A-Wish Vermont and ArtsRiot 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 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 24th at ArtsRiot in Burlington at 5:00p.m. The judging panel will include Jonathan Goldsmith (Dos Equis' original Most Interesting Man In The World), Bryan Sturge (2017's Beardies winner), Jason Gross of the Vermont Beard & Mustache Co., and Wish Kid Noah Cohen.

The event is sponsored by ArtsRiot, Trusted Choice, WCAX, WIZN, Green Mountain Video and the Vermont Beard & Mustache Co.

James Heltz, owner of Green Mountain Video and creator of the Vermont Beardies ad, said "It was a lot of fun to work with Jonathan Goldsmith and my son Patrick, to create the Vermont Beardies ad. I am honored to be part of turning Whiskers Into Wishes for Make-A-Wish Vermont."

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.

Visit to enter your beard and invite your friends to support your rise to the top of the 2018 Vermont Beardies.


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