Peach Fest adds beard contest to celebrate Lincoln’s 150th

James Roane, early parish settler

To celebrate the past as Lincoln Parish marks its 150th anniversary, the Louisiana Peach Festival has added a beard contest in the tradition of the “Beards & Bonnets” contests from the late 1900s.

Contests for best beards and women’s bonnets were popular at previous milestone commemorations such as Ruston’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration in 1959 and the Lincoln Parish Centennial in 1973. 

The Peach Fest contest has been added as a nod to Lincoln Parish’s sesquicentennial. The parish was created in 1873 from portions of Bienville, Claiborne, Union, and Jackson Parishes.

The contest features ten categories, including one for kids and one for women with handmade or designed beards. 

The ten categories include:

Lil’ Peaches: Kids

Peacherina (Whiskerina): Women

Peach Fuzz: 0-4 inch

Peach Blossom: 4-8 inch

Full Peach-tential: 8-12 inch

Over-Ripe: 12+ inch

Sneaky Peach: Freestyle

Peach Slice: Moustache

Partial Peach: Whaler, Goatee, Chops

Best in Show

The contest will be judged and coordinated by members of the Beard MOBB Louisiana. The Beard MOBB of Louisiana is a dedicated group of beard enthusiasts who share a passion for facial hair and community service.

Founded in 2017, the Beard MOBB Louisiana has grown to become one of the largest beard organizations in the state. Its members come from diverse backgrounds and professions, but all share a commitment to promoting positive change through their love of facial hair.

In addition to hosting and participating in beard contests, the Beard MOBB is heavily involved in community service projects. The organization has raised thousands of dollars for local charities, including those focused on cancer research and supporting veterans.

Registration for the contest costs $5 if paid prior to June 1 at the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Registration on June 3, the day of the contest, between 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 $10. The contest begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Heard Freighthouse Food Park.