The Petaluma Whiskerino is a fantastic celebration of all things beard, mustache, sideburns, goatee and peach fuzz. It’s an exhibition and competition that draws hipsters and bikers alike, each one with hopes of taking home the grand prize. Last year, I had a total blast, mingling with the elite of the competetive bearding world. This year, the organizers are taking it to the next level with the addition of the Crafterino– an impressive selection of purveyors of the handmade. But with all the excitement building, the pressure might be getting to some contestants. Beard enhancing substances are tempting even the top seated-entrants in the Full Natural Beard category. The explosive results have to be seen to be believed.
If you have some sweet chops, a perfectly manicured soup strainer, or even a smoking hot soul patch, it’s still not too late to register in person. The action begins in Petaluma’s Walnut Park Gazebo at 11am with the Crafterino and Farmer’s Markets, and the judging gets underway at 4pm sharp.