Hayes Presidential Library & Museums are having a beard contest this spring! Learn more about the history of the library and how they are celebrating the B!
Like many men during the Civil War, Rutherford B. Hayes grew a full beard. He grew fond of the beard over the course of the war and kept it the rest of his life.
To honor not only the spirit of President Hayes but also his impressive beard, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will have a beard contest on Saturday, May 28, during its centennial celebration. The contest is free to enter and is expected to begin at 2:15 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded to winners in three categories:
100-day Beard Growing – This is a race to see who can grow the longest beard in 100 days. Registration is required for this contest by Feb. 18. Entrants should download the registration form at http://bit.ly/1Kg0o7V, complete it and either email it and a photo of themselves clean-shaven to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it via U.S. mail to Joan Eckermann at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420.
Craziest & Most Unique Beard – Shape and style your beard into your most creative design! No pre-registration required. Arrive at HPLM by 1:45 p.m. to participate.
Most Hayes-Like – Who has a beard that most resembles the president’s? No pre-registration required. Arrive at HPLM by 1:45 p.m. to participate.
A representative from Beards of the Old Northwest will judge the contest. The contest is part of a weekend-long celebration of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ centennial. Events will include unveiling of the $1.3 million renovation to the museum/library building, performances by The Ohio State University Marching Band and “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, centennial ceremony followed by a public barbecue and festive celebration and more. For a full schedule of events, visit http://goo.gl/do8VvF.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and is celebrating its centennial this year. It is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont, Ohio. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio History Connection.