Monday April 21st 2014

More mustache: Facial Hair Fest (& Stache Pag) in Portland March 26-30

By: Shannon Bryan

E.J. Johnson Photography

Maine mustaches cannot be contained! Not in a single evening, anyway. The annual Stache Pag, a mustache pageant and celebration of facial hair, returns March 29 to Ocean Gateway in Portland. Now in its 7th year, the Stache Pag affords mustache wearers an opportunity to let their staches take center stage. Men and women compete in four categories: The Magnum PI (natural mustache), The 1899 Maine Legislature (styled mustache, no beard), The Thigh Tickler (anything goes) and the Castaway (full beard, natural). They’ll each have the chance to showcase their stache’s personality on the catwalk and in front of a panel of celebrity judges. The crowd will have its say, too.

And while the main event is staying true to its roots (follicles?), this year’s facial hair festivities have grown. A lot.

Introducing the first annual Facial Hair Fest, a five-day celebration of mustaches and the people who love them. And the people who love the people who love mustaches. Portland Facial Hair Fest runs March 26-30 at Ocean Gateway and a few other Portland venues. The fest includes a Facial Hair Farmers’ Market, the Canadian/American Beard and Mustache Competition, the Stash of the Titans and the International Moustache Film Festival, and the Stache Pag.

Here’s the schedule:
Wednesday, March 26: Stash of The Titans – ZZ Top vs Queen
A special presentation of the Spencer Albee-project Clash of the Titans, where two groups of local musicians form uber cover bands and go toe-to-toe, battle of the bands style, each side taking the persona of a famous band. 9 pm at Empire, 575 Congress St.

 Thursday, March 27: Portland Facial Hair Fest
Opening Reception 5:30 pm at Empire, 575 Congress St. Rub elbows with International Facial Hair celebrities at this happy hour reception at one of Portland’s most exciting new Chinese restaurants and music venues. The reception will also feature screening of shorts from the International Mustache Film Festival and samples of the Curious Traveler – a new mustache-inspired shandy from the Traveler Beer Company.

Friday, March 28: International Moustache Film Festival
Portland Facial Hair Festival organizers are now looking for facial hair film submissions for the International Moustache Film Festival. Films will be screened in several venues from March 27 to March 30, with a full program of beard-a-licious and stache-friendly films at the Portland Museum of Art’s theater on Friday, March 28, which is officially “Moustache Appreciation Day” on the calendar of the City of Portland. The screenings at the PMA will go from 5-10 pm

Saturday, March 29:
The Facial Hair Farmers Market

Noon-5pm at Ocean Gateway, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier in Portland, Maine. Booths will include: men’s health products, clothing and apparel, games, prizes and everything else you need to keep your facial hair having fun and looking pristine. This is a family-friendly event with affordable food and activities.

The CAN/AM Beard and Moustache Competition of Portland
Noon-5 pm at Ocean Gateway. All facial hair farmers are welcome to come down to Ocean Gateway and have their facial hair judged by an esteemed panel of judges. Participants do not have to do the runway walk – just present their facial hair. Winners will be announced later in the evening at the Stache Pag.

Stache Pag
Doors at 7 pm, show at 8:30 pm at Ocean Gateway. This is the main event. Local and international men of facial hair intrigue go head-to-head on the catwalk in four categories: The Magnum PI (natural mustache), The 1899 Maine Legislature (styled mustache, no beard), The Thigh Tickler (anything goes) and the Castaway (full beard, natural). Celebrity judges and the crowd will determine which contestants go home with the facial hair hardware in 2014.

If you want more info, check out http://www.facialhairfest.com. And watch this video from organizers: