2012 Mid-Atlantic Competition

The Follicles of the James presented the 1st Ever Mid-Atlantic Beard & ‘Stache Competition on March 3, 2012 at Richmond’s very own Strange Matter, with all proceeds going to the Central Virginia Food Bank.

With your help, we were able to collect nearly 250 pounds of food and raised $1,400! That money alone can feed over 6 people 3 square meals a day for an entire year. Thank you.


A short documentary of the event was filmed by Joe Palmer:

Competition Results

1st - Jill O'Brien, Bearded Beauties of the River City

2nd - Cori Gottschalk, Bearded Beauties of the River City

3rd - Farstucker, Richmond, VA

1st - Alina Karabaich, Bearded Beauties of the River City

2nd - Carley Hamilton, Bearded Beauties of the River City

3rd - Amy Roberts, Bearded Beauties of the River City

1st - Josh Wu, Richmond, VA

2nd - Josh Fox, Arlington, VA

3rd - Peter Eggers, The Follicles of the James 'Stache & Beard League

1st - Ben Gutierrez, Norfolk, VA

2nd - Nick Ackermann, The Garden State Beard & Mustache Society

3rd - Nathan Wilson, Northern Virginia Facial Hair Club

1st - Nick Richard, California, MD

2nd - Jared Murphy, The Follicles of the James 'Stache & Beard League

3rd - Johnny Schuler, North Chesterfield, VA

1st - Jim Daly, Philadelphia Beard and Mustache Club

2nd - Chris Roach, Charlottesville, VA

3rd - Ryan Carmody, Richmond, VA

1st - Grizzly Stonewall Jackson, Holy City Beard & Moustache Society

2nd - Brian Redbeard, Austin Facial Hair Club

3rd - Vic Martin, Philadelphia Beard and Mustache Club

1st - Kevin Faison, The Follicles of the James 'Stache & Beard League

2nd - Zach Pettrey, The Follicles of the James 'Stache & Beard League

3rd - Eric Brooks, Rockville, MD

1st - Chad Roberts, The Follicles of the James 'Stache & Beard League

2nd - Paul Roof, Holy City Beard & Moustache Society

3rd - James Thomson, Richmond, VA

Grizzly Stonewall Jackson, Holy City Beard & Moustache Society

"Longest Beard" Prize Pack for the furthest traveled

At 454 miles, Joe Palmer from Connecticut!

Competition Artwork